Master of Finance
Congratulations to the Master of Finance Class of 2012
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The Penn State Great Valley Management Division is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest ranking a business school program can receive, and the only part-time Penn State Master of Finance program in the Philadelphia area.
Penn State's Master of Finance degree at Great Valley provides a well-rounded understanding of finance by covering practical business applications students can use to manage current financial challenges, as well as advanced financial theory that can provide the tools individuals need to address future trends. This well-respected graduate degree program is AACSB-accredited and can help to prepare students for various professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) certification.
The courses are offered in an accelerated seven-week format, with classes meeting weekday evenings or Saturdays. Students may pursue the degree on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students who wish to enroll full-time can complete the degree in 1.5 years. Part-time students can enroll as their schedules permit.
Students in the program learn about:
- financial modeling, including capital budgeting, basic statistics, and forecasting
- financial accounting and the principles underlying financial accounting and use of accounting information for decision making
- advanced topics involving strategic financial decisions, including capital structure and cost of capital, valuation, and corporate control
- multinational financial management for companies subject to foreign exchange risk exposure and different tax regulations in foreign countries
- financial derivative securities covering options, forwards, futures, and OTC derivatives
As a preprogram requirement, Master of Finance program applicants must have satisfactory knowledge of business statistics, financial management/corporate finance, and microeconomics. If you are unable to demonstrate the requisite level of skill required in these areas, you will be encouraged to enroll in preparatory courses prior to entrance into the Master of Finance program.
For the ease of prospective students, the program faculty have developed courses in these prerequisite areas in order to address key competencies and help students gain these skills for the Master of Finance program. These self-paced, non-credit courses are available entirely online through Harvard Business Publishing:
- Quantitative Methods(to be completed prior to matriculation into the Master of Finance program)
- Financial Management(to be completed either prior to enrollment or by the end of the first semester in the program)
- Microeconomics (to be completed either prior to enrollment or by the end of the first semester in the program)
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The Master of Finance requires 30 credits.
- 18 credits of Core Courses
- 9 credits of Elective Courses
- 3 credits of a Capstone Course (Research in Security Valuation)
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