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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Mason School of Business Launches Master of Science in Finance

Written by Robert Appel on .

The School of Business at George Mason University has launched a Master of Science in Finance, the first stand-alone finance master among public universities in Virginia.

The MS in Finance curriculum is structured around corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions, but also takes advantage of George Mason University’s strategic location in the national capital region to prepare graduates for positions in government.

“The Mason MS in Finance provides students with a solid foundation in contemporary finance principles, including advanced skills to analyze complex financial issues using quantitative and analytical methods and techniques,” says Associate Professor of Finance Jim Hsieh, PhD, the director of the program. “No matter how the world of finance changes, the MS in Finance will prepare graduates for future success in careers in large industrial corporations, commercial banks, investment banks, portfolio management companies, and government.”

The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge and the CFA’s Ethics and Professional Standards.

The 33-credit-hour courses can be completed in just one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.

The unique capstone experience in the MS in Finance curriculum gives students first-hand experience in portfolio management through the School’s Student Managed Investment Fund. The fund provides students the opportunity to experience the real-world responsibilities of managing a large mutual fund.

“The Master of Science in Finance provides knowledge and skills that are needed in a wide variety of business and government roles,” says Hsieh. “For those who are serious about a focused career in finance, a Master’s degree and CFA certification are essential credentials for success.”

Graduates of the MS in Finance program at George Mason University will master the skills necessary for financial planning, portfolio management, and mitigating risks—and how to communicate recommendations and solutions to finance professionals, clients, and top executives. They will have the knowledge to manage large portfolios for mutual funds or pension funds, and value and issue financial securities.

Our curriculum is also focused on advanced quantitative and programming skills, and internationalization in financial markets, diverse regulatory environments, and the use of financial instruments to solve current and emerging issues in the global economy.