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Offered by the Kogod School of Business, the Finance (MS) program provides students an opportunity to obtain focused training in finance that will prepare them for professionally-oriented careers in finance.


Get a feel for Wall Street. Gain hands-on experience with real-world projects.

Our Master's of Science in Finance (MSF) program offers an innovative and intellectually sophisticated curriculum that prepares graduates for leadership positions in the financial sector.

Whether you're advancing your career, prepping for the CFA exam, or expanding your suite of finance skills, craft your own degree with courses in investment banking, financial intermediation in emerging markets, investment analysis, and more.

Our focused curriculum will prepare you for professional certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), among others.

Innovative Learning, Hands-On Training

Small class sizes and experiential learning blend finance theory with applied practical skills and prepare students for big opportunities in a competitive market.

Manage $850K in assets through our student-managed investment fund program, which provides real-world know-how in securities analysis and portfolio management, or get virtual trading floor experience in our cutting-edge financial services and IT lab.

Currently, students oversee about $850,000 in the student-managed investment fund, including assets from a variety of positions, including analysts, fund managers, and portfolio managers. The program mimics the structure of an asset management team, similar to those at Fidelity or Vanguard. Student analysts pitch an investment idea each week, which is then submitted to an advisory board for final approval.

The FSIT lab demonstrates the Kogod School of Business' commitment to preparing students for careers in global finance and technology-related areas, assisting in advanced research, and establishing stronger ties with the corporate community.

Farid Sadeeh, MS Finance student, knew Kogod was for him when he met the program’s faculty. “The professors are great. It’s a smaller program, so the faculty knows you by name. They really care what happens to you when you graduate.”

Course Requirements

Foundation (0 credit hours)

Note: FIN-060  may be waived without substitution for students who have completed at least 6 credit hours of finance coursework with a grade of B or higher.

  • FIN-060 Introduction to Finance  (0)

Core (12 credit hours)

  • FIN-660 Financial Modeling  (3)
  • FIN-665 Quantitative Methods in Finance I  (3)
  • FIN-671 Advanced Financial Management  (3)
  • FIN-672 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management  (3)

Electives (21 credit hours)

Complete 21 credit hours from the following, with up to 6 credit hours from graduate-level accounting, economics, statistics or other courses approved by the program director:

  • ACCT-677 Financial Statement Analysis  (3)/ FIN-677 Financial Statement Analysis  (3) 
  • FIN-573 Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy  (3)
  • FIN-575 CFA Level I Intensive Review  (3)
  • FIN-576 Student-Managed Investment Fund  (1-3) (maximum 3 credit hours)
  • FIN-596 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring  (1-6)
  • FIN-650 Investment Banking: Valuation Tools and Techniques  (3)
  • FIN-666 Quantitative Methods in Finance II  (3)
  • FIN-674 Derivatives and Risk Management  (3)
  • FIN-681 Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets  (3)
  • FIN-683 Financial Institutions Management  (3)
  • FIN-684 Fixed Income Analysis  (3)
  • FIN-685 Topics in Finance  (1.5-3)
  • FIN-700 International Finance  (3)
  • / IBUS-700 International Finance  (3) 

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees.


The application for admission to all Kogod graduate degree programs and graduate certificate programs is only available online. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application along with a personalized information page throughout the admissions process.

As you complete your application, we recommend saving changes on each page as you work. Once you submit your application, your responses will remain final, but you can still access your personalized information page to check on missing items.

To ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application as well as all required documents and test scores should be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the dates outlined below.

When a decision is made, you will receive an email notifying you that a decision is available. Your decision letter will be available through your personalized information page.

Steps to apply

  • Create Your Application Profile
  • Submit Your Application & Pay Application Fees
  • Submit Supporting Documents
  • Receive Confirmation Your Application is Complete
  • Complete your Admissions Interview (if applicable)


  • Work Experience
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE Score
  • Interview (by invitation only)
  • Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit

Prerequisites (must earn a grade of B or better):

  • 6 undergraduate credit hours of micro and macroeconomics or 3 graduate credit hours in economics
  • 3 credit hours of statistics
  • 6 undergraduate credit hours of financial accounting or 3 graduate credit hours in accounting
  • These prerequisites can be waived or substituted with the approval of the Department Chair or Program Director, based on prior education or work experience (e.g. undergraduate degree in economics, engineering, etc.).

Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not meet the English Proficiency Test Waiver requirements outlined below must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of one of the following exams within the last two years. 

  • TOEFLA minimum required score of 100 or higher is required for the internet-based test (IBT)Submit official scores to code 5007 through the testing center. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.
  • IELTSA minimum score of 7 or higher is required. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.Official scores must be submitted by having the testing center mail the scores using one of the mailing methods below. 
  • DuolingoA minimum score of 120 or higher is required for the internet-based test (IBT).Official scores must be submitted through the Duolingo website. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.

Tim Timura believes Kogod’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is both versatile and practical. “There are a lot of questions and issues that revolve around finance that are part of [a business professional’s] job,” Timura, MSF program director, explains. “We equip students with financial modeling and quantitative tools so they can answer these questions.”

Capital Networking and Career Opportunities

In a city with a high demand for employees with top-notch finance skills, you'll progress quickly with our MSF degree.

AU's prime Washington, DC location and public transit options offer access to invaluable networking and internship opportunities across the corporate, not-for-profit, and government sectors of the financial business community.

Both full-time students and working professionals learn and network with alumni and faculty who operate at the nexus of financial market regulation and policy.

With a high success rate for full-time employment, the program positions you for the career you want. Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder, turn your leadership skills into a marketable asset or prepare for key exams, you'll be set up with all of the tools you need to compete and succeed.

Where are MSF graduates employed?

Employers of our MSF graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • The World Bank
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Freddie Mac
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Navigant Consulting/Navigant Capital Advisors
  • Stacklimited
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Standard & Poor's
  • 3M
  • Deloitte Financial Advisory Services
  • The Carlyle Group

The Kogod Office of Career Engagement

The Office of Career Engagement empowers students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and careers. We provide the guidance, skills, and networking opportunities to turn aspirations into meaningful outcomes.

Students receive one-on-one guidance on relationship building, transitioning to new business jobs, crafting their resumes, and utilizing social media in their job searches. We also partner with employers to connect them with students and alumni who align with their professional needs.

The Office of Career Engagement helps build the path from a passion for success, helping students, alumni, and employers make informed and intentional career decisions. 

Job searchInternshipsOther resources
  • AU Job and Internship Fair
  • Handshake
  • NACE Salary Calculator
  • Participating Employers
  • Events
  • On-Campus Employment for Students
  • Postings for Graduate Students
  • Postings for Undergraduate Students
  • Business Cards
  • Online Toolkit

The Kogod Office of Career Engagement will continue to support our students’ career development while maintaining their safety and well-being by moving our services online. To best provide access to our services and resources over the next few weeks, we will implement the following changes:

  • All career advising appointments will be conducted virtually. Handshake appointment confirmations will contain a Zoom link for your meeting. If you have difficulty locating the Zoom link or scheduling an appointment, contact kogodcareers@american.edu for assistance.
  • We are moving upcoming workshops online and will update the event details in Handshake accordingly.
  • Our Employer Relations team continues to work with employers recruiting Kogod students. Handshake will be regularly updated with available job and internship opportunities, and we will continue to host information sessions, panels, and other recruiting-related events virtually.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this together. Please check Handshake frequently for updates on programming and opportunities. We encourage students to continue submitting applications and expanding and engaging their professional networks. If you need help adapting your career strategy or have any other questions or concerns, please email kogodcareers@american.edu or schedule an appointment on Handshake.

Financial Aid

An AU education is affordable.


of incoming students receive aid.


in financial aid awarded to undergraduates per year.


dedicated financial aid staff members. All incoming freshmen are assigned an individual counselor.

Need-Based Aid

Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need.

AU determines your need based on the information you provide on the required financial aid applications.

Merit-Based Aid (Scholarships)

All students who apply to AU are considered for most merit awards, including Deans' and Presidential, on the basis of their admissions application.

Student Employment

Income from work-study jobs is to be used exclusively for educational purposes. Award amounts vary; hourly wages are determined by the employer and job category.

Applying for Financial Aid

Forms to Complete

  • Apply to AU
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the CSS Profile

What you will need

  • Financial Aid School Codes (FAFSA 001434 and CSS Profile 5007)
  • Parent and Student Federal Student Aid Identification
  • Parent and Student Social Security Numbers
  • Federal Tax Forms to include W2s, 1099, etc.
  • Non-Custodial Parent Contact Information

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial Modeling
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance 
  • Advanced Financial Management  
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis 
  • Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Work Experience
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE Score
  • Interview (by invitation only)
  • Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    59796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1812 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    59796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1812 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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