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Reach Your Goals With an Online Master’s in Finance

If you’re a finance professional seeking greater credibility and career advancement, Walden’s online MS in Finance program can help you achieve your goals. Build knowledge and confidence as you master tools you can use to make meaningful financial decisions. Shorten your path to industry certifications with embedded preparatory courses and exam simulations. Expand your job opportunities with a well-respected master’s degree that positions you as a finance expert.

An online master’s in finance provides specialized skills and insights to prepare students to grow their career as a financial planner, manager, or analyst.

Prepare for Certifications

Get a head start on your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Investments and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) exam preparation.

Choose Your Path

Select from three industry-aligned specializations, including a self-designed option, to chart a clear course to your career goals.

Simulated Exams

Our program offers two capstones with simulated tests to help you prepare for the CFA®, CFP®, or FINRA exam.

Be Supported at Each Step

With proactive student support services and engaged faculty, you’re never alone in your program. We’re always here for you.

Program Savings

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Finance With Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)* Certification Emphasis

Gain hands-on practice as you prepare for certification as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)* professional.

Finance With Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®)/Investment Emphasis

Gain hands-on practice as you prepare for professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).

Finance for the Professional (Self-Designed)

Advance in your finance career and influence the future of your organization by tailoring your courses to your unique career goals.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Build on Your Work Experience With an Online Master’s in Finance

Walden’s MS in Finance online program prepares you to succeed in advanced finance roles. With embedded preparatory courses for the CFA® and CFP® exams, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools you need to earn industry certifications and set yourself apart in the job market. Coursework in this online master’s in finance program covers essential knowledge areas, including finance and risk management, international finance, and portfolio management.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Bob Castaneda

    Bob Castaneda

    Program Director

    Dr. Castaneda has worked in a number of countries in senior finance positions. He is currently a board member and treasurer for the Illinois Literacy Foundation and is also a member of Financial Executives International, AICPA, and the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Ed Balli

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Balli has worked in finance and accounting for more than 30 years. He teaches finance, operations, and accounting and has experience in all levels of higher education. In his courses, Dr. Balli shares his practical, industry-wide experiences as they relate to key course concepts.

  • Elias Demetriades

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Demetriades has worked in finance for more than 36 years, initially as a manager and, over the past two decades, as a consultant. A teacher of finance, quantitative studies, and strategy since 1992, his teaching has spanned all levels of higher education, from undergraduate to doctoral.

Learning Outcomes - MS in Finance

As a graduate of this MS in Finance program, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate analytical skills essential for the financial professional.
  • Employ communication strategies that display an acute awareness of the needs of the intended audiences.
  • Evaluate financial problems to provide reliable recommendations for decision making.
  • Evaluate risk and return strategies in the context of an organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Apply appropriate principles of valuation to major financial assets and securities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop recommendations for investment and financial policies to maximize firm value.
  • Employ financial knowledge to promote sustainable, socially aware organizations and ethical decision making.

Career Outlook

Qualified financial managers are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for this occupation are expected to grow by 15% through 2029. The services financial managers provide—such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments—are projected to stay in demand as the American economy grows.1

An online master’s in finance degree can empower you to reach new heights in job confidence and potential career advancement. If your program includes embedded preparation for CFA or CFP certification, you’re at an even greater advantage. These professional credentials are sought after by employers and can help you stand out from the crowd throughout your career.



openings for financial managers are projected for each year, on average, through 2029.1

An MS in Finance can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Auditor

An MS in Finance can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Public and private organizations
  • Consulting
  • Financial firms
  • Government agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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