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University of San Francisco, MS in Financial Analysis

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The University of San Francisco‘s Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) program provides rigorous specialist training in quantitative financial analysis and economics. This is in response to the demands that current sophisticated financial markets place on financial professionals.

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Finance Masters Programs

Features

• 4 semester- program
• 5 courses per semester (full-time)
• 18 months duration (full-time)
• Research practicum
• Full-time, part-time

Degree Name

Master of Science in Financial Analysis

Duration

18 months, full-time
22 months, part-time

Cost

About $45,000 to $47,000

What is best?

• 5 courses per semester (full-time)
• 18 months duration (full-time)
• Research practicum
• Full-time, part-time

What are the benefits?

• Learn to use an interdisciplinary approach to the valuation of financial assets and the development of investment management strategies
• Master the fundamental economic techniques for valuing companies and the financial assets they issue
• Understand the shortcomings of traditional accounting practice in the valuation process.
• Apply quantitative methods and economic theory to the analysis and management of financial asset portfolios
• Develop a broad understanding of the micro, macro and international trends that influence the values of financial assets and the evolution of financial markets
• Deeply understand industry practices and standards as embodied in the CFA program
• Access live webinars and a library of 100+ previously recorded sessions.

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The Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) program at the University of San Francisco provides a unique combination of academic theory and practical expertise. Graduates of this program gain a thorough understanding of industry practice and standards as embodied in the CFA body of knowledge.

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The University of San Francisco‘s Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) program provides rigorous specialist training in quantitative financial analysis and economics. This is in response to the demands that current sophisticated financial markets place on financial professionals. The USF MSFA program places a strong emphasis on ethical professional behavior in the financial industry, a characteristic that is integrated throughout the course of study. The MSFA curriculum is structured around the areas of knowledge and skills that aligns with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) body of knowledge. The MSFA curriculum is so designed to integrate both finance theory and finance practice. The program is designed for recent graduates and students in the early stages of their careers. The full-time MSFA degree can be completed in four consecutive semesters in about 18 months. Full-time students cover five courses per semester. The part-time MSFA degree is a 22-month online program designed for the working professional, but which also features face-to-face classes. Part-time students also cover four semesters but study only four courses per semester. At the end of the program, students can choose to either do a research practicum or an academic immersion. The program’s core courses include Micro & Macroeconomics, Equity and Fixed-Income Valuation, Derivatives, Portfolio Management, Alternative Investments, and Ethics and Finance. A thesis is not a requirement in this program. The program enables students to undergo an advanced quantitative training in economics and finance. Graduates of the program are able to understand and apply the most current tools used by investment management professionals today.

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