A master’s in finance is one of a new breed of specialized degrees that provides a popular alternative to earning a traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Long the gold standard of graduate business degrees, the MBA is facing serious competition from a growing group of master’s degrees that focus on key areas of business administration, such as finance, accounting, and human resource management. By contrast, a typical MBA curriculum is built off of a multi-faceted business approach.
Walden’s MS in Finance degree program aligns with industry standards and demands to help you advance your career as a financial planner, manager, or analyst by providing a fully integrated set of high-level skills needed by most—if not all—businesses throughout the world.
MS in Finance students choose from three specialization options, each addressing different competencies students need to succeed in their chosen area of finance:
The demand for financial professionals is outstripping the supply, said Dr. Roberto Castaneda, program director for Walden University’s new MS in Finance program. “It’s almost as if finance is a hidden diamond in the rough,” he explained. “Never before has demand for a profession increased exponentially like the finance profession.”
The job market for financial managers is projected to grow 16% through the year 2028.2 Castaneda outlined three main factors driving this robust growth:
Walden University, an accredited institution offering online degree programs, has been serving the higher education needs of working professionals for nearly 50 years. Today, more than 55,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.*
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*Total enrollment as of December 31, 2017.
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
The MS in Finance with Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)* Certification Emphasis is a specialized program with coursework that is aligned with the content covered in the competency-based CFP® exam. Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information relating to CFP® certification exam requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee, however, that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain CFP® certification. For more information about the CFP® exam, students should visit www.cfp.net/become-a-cfp-professional/cfp-certification-requirements.
*CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® are certification marks owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”). Walden University’s MS in Finance program is not a CFP Board-Registered Program and is not in any way sponsored or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with, CFP Board.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.