Developing the Next Leaders in Finance
"The program’s flexibility allows students to attend MSFLive sessions online or in-person which represents the ideal platform for me to pursue my degree at Georgetown."
– Alec, MSF III Student
Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, available in a blended format, transforms today’s best professionals into rising industry leaders. Created by the distinguished faculty of the McDonough School of Business, this world-class curriculum and revolutionary online learning platform deliver the essential skills to take your finance career to the next level.
As an MSF student, you learn firsthand from a faculty of accomplished scholars and teachers. Our program provides working professionals, from anywhere in the world, the opportunity to deepen their business and technical finance skills, and experience a Georgetown University education where faculty are committed to high-quality teaching.
Engage in a finance degree program that offers a curriculum of intensive coursework, real-world applications, a global outlook, and a commitment to ethical values. When you graduate from Georgetown University with your MSF degree, you will be on your way to taking your place among global financial leaders with a library of knowledge that includes:
- The ability to value stocks, bonds, and derivatives using cutting-edge valuation methods
- A comprehensive understanding of how to evaluate corporate investment projects in a strategic context
- An appreciation for the importance of ethical decision making
- The ability to construct an efficient portfolio using the latest techniques for estimating expected returns and risks
- A thorough understanding of how markets work according to the Efficient Market Hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis of Behavioral Finance
- The ability to blend sophisticated modeling with a global mindset in the management of corporate risks
The 21-month MSF program consists of 32 credits:
- Six Core Courses
- Four Selective Courses
- Orientation Residency - Summer prior to program start
- A Weeklong On-site Residency - October of first year
- Capstone Global Consulting Project - May of second year
Transforming the Learning Experience
As a student in Georgetown University’s MSF program, you will interact with faculty and fellow students via a revolutionary online learning platform. Our dynamic asynchronous learning management system combines collaborative and cognitive tools to maximize student engagement and interaction throughout the program. This immersive learning platform that we call Anytime Media is rich with virtual lessons, practice opportunities, case study discussions, and live debates of real-world problems to deliver a deeper understanding of complex course material.
Our distinguished faculty use this cutting-edge technology to provide interactive learning experiences. We use the case method of instruction placing students in real-world business scenarios to guide collaborative discussions. Each course includes a weekly 90 minute synchronous evening session that we call MSFLive which build upon a student’s ability to understand complex financial concepts.
A Format to Match Your Learning Style: Anytime Media and the Blended Classroom
Our technology-intensive program has flipped the classroom in an innovative way. Each week, students work through the course material – at a time of their choosing – using our Anytime Media platform. The primary component of this technology is the Professor Presentations, a sequential series of high-fidelity videos in which professors speak directly to students with a virtual whiteboard. Each Professor Presentation comes with a searchable transcript so students can find key words or phrases and, with one click, be taken to the corresponding moment in the video. Our Anytime Media also consists of practice problems, team discussion posts, and other material.
The weekly culmination of each course unit is the 90-minute MSFLive evening session where students participate in a case discussion with their professor and classmates. Cases involve real-world business problems faced by actual firms and require students to apply their assigned readings and Anytime Media. Moreover, students often use what they have learned to address pressing business challenges in their daily work.
With our Blended Classroom, students have the option each week to attend MSFLive evening sessions on campus or online and receive the same educational experience. Despite their geographic distance, students and professors interact as if they are next to one another. We see this combination of our cutting-edge Anytime Media and Blended Classroom as the future of education at preeminent universities around the world.
This finance degree is enhanced with on-site and in-the-field components to further immerse you in the vibrant Georgetown University community of students, scholars, faculty, professionals, and policymakers. During the weeklong on-site residency, students work on a case competition alongside fellow students and McDonough School of Business faculty. As a McDonough student, you are welcome to visit campus for seminars, conferences, and talks featuring our renowned faculty and their colleagues from other leading universities, as well as, prestigious alumni and top financial professionals from around the world.
In the capstone Global Consulting Project, students apply their coursework and skills to conduct a real-world consulting project for an international firm and take their final presentation abroad in a weeklong visit to the client’s country. The capstone project marks the end of our students' journey to their MSF degree. It also provides an invaluable and relevant experience that students can immediately apply to their current or upcoming career in finance.