Master of Finance


Build a career in the world of finance as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or as a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). This program is carefully designed to educate client-facing professionals in understanding, translating and presenting complex financial instruments to their clients.

The UCR Master of Finance curriculum provides the essential financial acumen you need to impact and lead the financial management industry. It builds financial analysis skills that can be applied to national and international careers in corporate finance, investment banking and risk management.
GMAT/GRE is Optional
As COVID-19 has caused disruption to the global standardized testing infrastructure, and in an effort to support our prospective students, the University of California, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will not require the GMAT or GRE exam for applicants for Fall 2021.
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Admissions Criteria

The Master of Finance program is open for admission to all students. The program is best suited for students with a sufficient quantitative background and foundation of knowledge to support successful completion of the program. The most complementary undergraduate majors include business, engineering, mathematics, statistics and physics, among others. Students with less quantitative backgrounds may also apply, but should expect to take electives or additional courses to develop their quantitative skills.


A STEM-Certified Degree Program
This STEM-Certified program grants extended stay to work in the U.S. for international graduates. The Master of Finance Program is a STEM-certified degree program (science, technology, engineering and math). International students in a STEM-designated program are able to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States in their field of study after graduation.
Access to a Bloomberg Terminal
The program provides access to a Bloomberg Terminal for use by faculty and students. Students in the Master of Finance (MFin) Program can make use of the Bloomberg Terminal to access real-time financial data, comprehensive stock quotes and news from numerous financial and economic sources.
CFA® Preparation Program
One of the best paths to career success in finance is to earn the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. The School partners with Wiley to offer graduate and undergraduate students at UCR and UCR alums the opportunity to participate as a cohort in a co-curricular education program to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Level I exam. The program includes 15 weeks of training, beginning in January and is designed to prepare you for the June exam date.

Program Requirements

The Master of Finance program requires completion of 48 units for graduation. On average, students complete the program coursework in one academic year. The TFE Times, a reputable source and ranking system, has UCR's Master of Finance Program ranked #64 in its 2020 Best Master's of Finance Programs.

Full-time and part-time program
The Master of Finance program can be completed in as little as three quarters of full-time study, and it's also appropriate for part-time students who wish to spread out the coursework over a longer period of time. While most students start the program in the fall term, applicants with appropriate undergraduate study or professional experience can be considered for admission in the winter or spring terms.
Required Courses (24 units)
NOTE: Required courses may be waived for students with substantial previous training or experience in finance.

• MGT 201: Quantitative Analysis
• MGT 202: Financial Management
• MGT 211: Financial Accounting
• MGT 227: Fixed Income Securities and Markets
• MGT 231: Corporate Finance
• MGT 252: Investments & Portfolio Management
Restricted Electives
Two of the following seven courses can be chosen for a total of 8 units.

• MGT 213: Trading Strategies and Financial Models
• MGT 232: Derivatives and Asset Pricing
• MGT 237: International Finance Management
• MGT 244: Corporate Risk Management
• MGT 268: Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
• MGT 274: Special Topics in Finance
• MGT 276: Financial Strategy and Corporate Control
Finance Capstone Seminar
The Finance Capstone Seminar Courses comprise 8 total units.

• MGT 295F: Seminar in Empirical Methods in Finance
• MGT 295G: Seminar in Corporate Finance
Recommended Electives
Students choose two courses to total 8 units.

• MGT 213: Trading Strategies and Financial Models
• MGT 232: Derivatives and Asset Pricing
• MGT 237: International Finance Management
• MGT 274: Special Topics in Finance
• MGT 276: Financial Strategy and Corporate Control
Other electives such as MGT 207, MGT 239, MGT 256, and STAT 206 may be taken with advisor approval.

Financing Your Program

Our graduate programs are made up of diverse and talented students who have demonstrated promise to become future business leaders – and we won’t let financial obstacles get in the way of your success.

Generous scholarships are considered for all qualified applicants based on a holistic review of your background. In fact, 95% of our 2020-21 class received scholarship funding. Your academic, personal and professional achievements can qualify you for several of the scholarships we offer.

California applicants receive an automatic tuition discount and are eligible for other scholarships. If you are applying from out-of-state or are an international student, we offer several exclusive scholarships for you as well.
MBA Program Tuition
Obtaining a specialized business master’s degree like the Master of Finance (MFin) is an investment with a promising return. According to a Forbes report in 2017, professionals working in corporate finance roles with a master’s degree earn on average $126,000 mid-career.

The MFin degree is a 48-unit program typically completed in three quarters or one academic year. Tuition is calculated by unit and payments are made on a quarterly basis.

• Cost per unit $1,312
• 48 units
• Program tuition: $62,976

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