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M.S. in Finance & Investment Management Online

Cameron School of Business
M.S. in Finance & Investment Management - University of North Carolina Wilmington Online

One of the only master's degrees of its kind! Develop advanced expertise and prepare for prestigious positions in financial management, investment banking or investment management by earning your Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management online from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Overview

The UNCW 100% online Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management (MSF) program is one of the only programs of its kind in the nation. Designed to prepare you for high-level positions in financial management, investment banking, or investment management, this program is tailored to closely align with CFA Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge (CFA® CBOK). You will build a working familiarity with the CFA® Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Asset Manager Code of Conduct and Research Objectivity Guidelines. Benefit from advanced tools that deepen your understanding of methods applied by investment professionals.

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$15,211


N.C. Resident
Tuition & Fees

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as few as 12 months


Program Duration

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30


Program
Credit Hours

Courses include Ethics in the Financial Marketplace; Equity Investments; Economics for Finance Professionals; Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning; Quantitative Investment Analysis; and more. Learn to interpret, assess and tackle challenging real-world situations with integrity in your capstone course, Ethics in Decision Making.

Coursework is delivered in a convenient 100% online accelerated format designed for working professionals, and can be completed in as few as 12 months. Plus, we will waive the GMAT/GRE for individuals who have already passed Level I of the CFA® Exam.

In our MSF online program, you will:

  • Develop a working understanding of the Chartered Financial Analyst Candidate Body of Knowledge (CFA® CBOK) and reduce the amount of preparation necessary to sit for the CFA® exam
  • Acquire a working familiarity with CFA Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Asset Manager Code of Conduct and Research Objectivity Guidelines through case studies and real-world analysis
  • Learn multiple approaches to equity valuation
  • Understand alternative investment assets including hedge funds, private equity, commodities, real estate and infrastructure
  • Develop expertise in financial statement analysis and the tools used to evaluate a firm's financial health.
  • Gain skills in portfolio management and wealth planning, including portfolio construction, asset allocation, risk management, and performance monitoring
UNCW Cameron School of Business
AACSB Accredited

UNCW's Cameron School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

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Tuition

Tuition for the online M.S. in Finance & Investment Management degree program is highly affordable. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  Per Credit Hour Fees Per Credit Hour Per Course Fees Per Course Total Tuition & Fees
North Carolina Residents: $481.32 $25.70 $1,443.96 $77.10 $15,210.60
Non-North Carolina Residents: $1,159.22 $25.70 $3,477.66 $77.10 $35,547.60
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Calendar

The M.S. in Finance & Investment Management program is delivered 100% online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 8/27/18 7/31/18 8/4/18 8/29/18 8/30/18 10/14/18
Fall 2 10/22/18 9/22/18 9/29/18 10/24/18 10/25/18 12/9/18
Spring 1 1/21/19 12/15/18 12/22/18 1/23/19 1/24/19 3/10/19
Spring 2 3/18/19 2/16/19 2/23/19 3/20/19 3/21/19 5/5/19
Summer 1 5/13/19 4/13/19 4/20/19 5/15/19 5/16/19 6/30/19
Summer 2 7/1/19 5/25/19 6/1/19 7/3/19 7/8/19 8/18/19

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Admissions

To apply for the online M.S. in Finance & Investment Management program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and submit transcripts verifying a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

M.S. in Finance & Investment Management Online Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from an accredited college or university OR successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Principles of Financial Management
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on undergraduate coursework
  • GMAT is required (GMAT/GRE waiver is available for candidates who have successfully completed the CFA® Level I exam; the university may also waive these exams based on work experience and academic background.)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé with cover letter (serves as statement of interest)

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities are required. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed to gradtranscripts@uncw.edu. Alternatively, they can be mailed directly from the institution(s) to UNCW at this address:

UNCW Graduate School
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

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Courses

The Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (30 credit hours).

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Students completing the M.S. in Finance & Investment Management must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an initial yet thorough exposure to the CFA Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Exposure will also be provided to the Asset Manager Code of Conduct and Research Objectivity Guidelines, also developed by the CFA Institute. Case studies will provide a significant portion of the training, with the goal of preparing students to avoid unethical and unprofessional practices in financial markets. FIN 501 serves as a pre-requisite to FIN 502 – Infusing Ethics into Decision Making, which serves as the capstone course in the MSF program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This course serves as the capstone course in the MSF program. The fact that an ethics course was selected as the capstone should remind students that technical expertise in finance without the integrity of ethical conduct does not satisfy the needs of our institutions or society in general. In this course students will build on the ethics foundation they developed in FIN 501 to interpret and assess situations in which actions may not be easily discerned as being appropriate or inappropriate. Students will also be reminded that behavior can change as the environment changes. Advanced case studies – some of which will be developed by students in the course – will provide the bulk of the training.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students a deeper understanding of the equity valuation process and how to derive the required rate of return. This course will also teach students how to apply multiple approaches to various valuation methods and conduct a fundamental analysis of a sector, industry, or company.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an exposure to many of the asset classes identified in the alternative investment space. Categories include: hedge funds, private equity, commodities, real estate, and infrastructure. These asset classes provide the potential for diversification benefits as well as enhanced returns. Because of these attributes, an increasing number of institutional as well as private wealth managers are including meaningful allocations to one or more of these categories. A better understanding of the risks as well as the rewards attached to these investments is the focus of this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course begins with the microeconomic topics of supply and demand analysis of the firm and consumer, types of market structure, and pricing strategies under different market structures. We then move to the macroeconomic theories of the business cycles, aggregate output, sources of economic growth, types of macroeconomic equilibria (e.g. long-run full employment and short-run recessionary and inflationary gap), monetary and fiscal policy, international trade and capital flows, and currency exchange rates.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a deeper understanding of derivatives and their characteristics with a detailed examination of each market and its contracts. Students will learn to apply the tools used by financial analysts to estimate the value of futures, forwards, options, and swaps and use these derivative instruments in various strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a deeper understanding of the fixed income asset class. We start with the characteristics of fixed-income instruments and a detailed examination of markets in which the instruments are traded. Students will learn to apply the tools used by financial analysts to estimate the value of bonds, as well as to assess their riskiness in various strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to teach students the most important tools and concepts of Corporate Finance. Learning how managers apply techniques to maximize or increase shareholder value. Topics include dividend policy, share repurchases, business risk, and capital structure.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles of financial statement analysis. It emphasizes tools that are used to analyze a company's financial statements such as how a manager might undertake to make decisions for his or her firm, how an analyst might make investment decisions regarding the company, and how a loan officer might decide whether or not to extend credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a deeper understanding of Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning. Students will learn how to apply the steps of the portfolio management process including the investment policy statement, asset allocation, risk management, portfolio construction, and performance monitoring. Additionally, students will learn modern portfolio and behavioral finance concepts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course applies statistical and quantitative methods in a finance and investments context. The course provides a real-world introduction to quantitative methods and blends theory and practice using hands-on applications of topics such as probability and probability distributions, sampling and estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, time-series analysis and more.

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