- Program Features
- Career Management
- Class Profiles
For whom is this Master’s Program in Finance designed?
The Master’s Program in Finance is designed to offer focused and timely financial expertise to young professionals starting their careers. As a result, this Program is best suited for individuals who have recently earned their Bachelor’s degree or who are less than five years into their careers.
What courses will I complete in this Master’s Program in Finance?
Graduate students will pursue coursework designed to apply modern finance theories and tools to real-world situations. In addition to the two week Intensive Workshop in August and co-curricular activities throughout the year, graduate students will complete the following courses:
For further course descriptions, please see our Graduate Curriculum.
What is the difference between a Master’s in Finance and an MBA?
Overall, an MBA is a more general business degree, which requires students to complete courses in Marketing, Human Resources/Management, Accounting and Finance. By contrast, the Master’s Program in Finance is narrowly focused on finance and eliminates many of the general business courses in an MBA program, allowing students to delve much further into modern finance theory and application. Due to this focus on Finance, this Program’s prerequisites and course work are more quantitative than that of an MBA program.
Does this Master’s Program in Finance preclude the pursuit of an MBA?
No. Although this Program is designed to be a terminal degree for individuals who pursue careers in finance, the management and marketing skills taught in traditional MBA programs nicely complement the skills taught in this Program.
What is the difference between a Master’s in Finance and a Master’s in Financial Engineering?
The Master’s Program in Finance is not as quantitative as a Financial Engineering program. Financial Engineering programs generally are offered by mathematics or engineering departments and require a higher level of mathematics and computer programming skills. Additionally, many applicants to Financial Engineering programs have years of work experience and advanced degrees.
The focus of this Master’s Program in Finance is the application of the tools and theories of finance, not the creation of those tools. Furthermore, the Master’s Program in Finance is not designed for individuals with years of work or academic experience, but rather for young professionals starting their careers.
What makes this Program different from other Master’s in Finance programs?
This Program emphasizes leadership and real-world application of modern theories and tools of finance. It is a well-funded program that is not tuition-driven. Consistent with the liberal arts culture of top-ten ranked Claremont McKenna College (CMC), the Program focuses on both professional and personal development.
Is it possible to start the program in the spring?
We have structured this one-year program to maximize the interconnection of classes, as well as drawing on the strengths of a cohort experience. Because much of the learning depends on this sequence and the interaction of classmates, classes only start in the fall.
“It seemed like every other week we were behind closed doors at one-on-one meetings with top business leaders; they were happy to meet with us, and we had full disclosure.”
“When asked about the Career management support she experienced, Madeline shared that “it is unusual to get that much personal attention – they were always there to guide you along the way”