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Master of Science in Finance

Every organization – no matter how big or small – must monitor its finances. In corporations, government agencies, private businesses, public institutions, and non-profits, the financial professionals provide the stable foundation that enables commerce. The College of  Business & Technology created the Master of Science in Finance degree program to provide comprehensive graduate-level education in corporate finance and investment. Prepare to be a leader in the important field of finance. At the Golden State College, you are not required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) in order to be admitted into the master’s in finance program. Unlike most traditional campus-based programs, this  master's in finance can be started even if you have not taken the GMAT exam which means more flexibility for you and less money to spend on test preparation materials.


The Master of Science in Finance degree program was created to help you become proficient in technical and analytical skills related to finance and to develop expertise in financial problem-solving and financial decision-making. Major emerging concepts and practices in the field of finance will be introduced and discussed throughout the masters in finance degree program. The finance degree focuses on strategic financial management and financial analytics as it applies to overall business goals. When you successfully complete the Master of Science in Finance degree program, you will be able to: 

Apply appropriate principles of valuation for financial assets and securities

Assess investment and financial practices to assess an organization’s value

Design appropriate risk management strategies based on an evaluation of an organization’s financial risk

Evaluate the trade-off between risk and return on investment management

Utilize ethical and professional standards in the financial decision-making process

Measure the return on investment of corporate initiatives and policies for organizational strategic decision-making

Make financial recommendations for an organization with consideration to a global perspective


Total number of credits: 39 credits

Major Course Requirements: 39 credits

To be awarded the Master of Science in Finance degree, all students must complete 39 credits with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive final examination and a capstone project is required for graduation.


The Master of Science in Finance degree program offers a robust curriculum in finance and investment. You will gain a deeper knowledge of key financial topics such as financial analysis, statistics, economics, portfolio management, accounting, and international finance.


Core Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)



FIN 671 Financial Analysis & Security Valuation

FIN 672 Financial Instruments & Derivatives

FIN 673 Applied Portfolio Management

FIN 674 Strategic Cost Analysis

FIN 675 Financial Economics

FIN 676 Financial Accounting

FIN 677 International Finance

FIN 678 Statistics for Financial Managers

FIN 679 Advanced Corporate Finance

FIN 680 Corporate Finance Capstone

FIN 681 Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions

FIN 683 Investment Analysis

FIN 689 Advanced Financial Management & Analysis

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