Program Overview

The Master of Science in Finance program at Golden Gate University is intended for those that are interested in the fields of investment management and corporate finance. Typically, students within the program pursue careers such as financial manager, security analyst, portfolio manager, and banker. The program’s goal is to strengthen student’s expertise and knowledge so that they may provide value to an organization.

All of the programs courses may be completed online. There is also an option for students to take classes within a hybrid format providing both online and campus-based courses. The online courses have the same professors and class material but the student may complete work within the online learning environment at home.

The program is not designed to provide a broad business education but will focus on specific subjects within different areas of finance. The program will educate students in analytical tools, analytical methods, financial problem modeling, financial statement analysis, and principles of valuation. Students will also gain experience in evaluating financial decisions of large corporations, creating risk management strategies, and understanding how financial policies may strengthen an organization's value.

Students have the choice of completing a program concentration. The three concentrations are investment management, corporate finance, and a general concentration for a more broad education in finance.

 The program requires the completion of 33 course units in order to graduate. The 33 units are split into 15 Advanced Program and 18 Concentration units. If students have not already taken the Foundation Program units they will need to complete those before enrolling in the graduate level courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher. Official Academic Transcripts. Students must complete the Foundation and Advanced program courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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