Finance (Master of Finance)

Program Availability

Take your career in finance to the next level.

If you’re an aspiring professional looking for advanced training in finance, Creighton University’s Master of Finance program may be a great fit for you. This program takes a deep dive into the field, going far beyond the finance education you would receive in an MBA or other general business program.

You’ll take courses that widen your knowledge and experience in finance and that help you apply what you’ve learned in a global context. You’ll also practice applying analytical and critical thinking skills in a broad business context and in portfolio management.

At Creighton, we’re focused on developing ethical, socially responsible, knowledgeable and visionary finance professionals. Our students come from or aspire to various careers, including accountants, auditors, loan officers, financial analysts, credit analysts and more.

Enjoy a flexible degree program.

Creighton’s Master of Finance program is extremely flexible, allowing you to take classes online, on campus or both. This 33-credit program can be completed in as little as two years. You can apply any time, as we review applications on a rolling basis for spring, summer and fall terms.

Not sure if a master’s degree in finance is the right path for you? Many of Creighton’s graduate business programs overlap in coursework, so it’s entirely possible to start your path in finance or investment management and later decide to pursue an MBA instead, or vice versa.

If you want the best of both worlds, Creighton offers a dual degree in Finance and Business Administration. The dual degree consists of 48 credit hours and can be completed in as little as three years. To complete these programs separately, you would need to complete 66 credit hours.

Set yourself apart from your peers.

Finance is expected to be a lucrative and profitable career over the next decade. Employment opportunities in finance are expected to grow 11 percent from 2017 to 2027. The median annual salary for an individual working in finance is $86,299. Possible job titles may include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Manager of Financial Analysis and Planning
  • Tax Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Director of Finance
  • Risk Manager
  • Credit Manager

A master’s degree in finance can help set you apart from your competition – globally, 48 percent of employers plan to hire recent master of finance graduates in 2017. This is up from 45 percent in 2016.

1Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – October 2017; Graduate Management Admissions Council, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report 2017

Curriculum

To earn the Master of Finance degree at Creighton University, you must complete 33 credits:

Core Curriculum:

  • Fixed Income and Derivatives I
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Financial Statement Analysis I
  • Equity Analysis
  • Managerial Finance OR Advanced Managerial Finance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Business Policy and Managerial Action

 

Elective Group I (choose one course):

  • Economics of Investment Management
  • Economic Analysis for Managers
  • Seminar in Applied Managerial Economics

 

Elective Group II (choose one course):

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Business, Ethics and Society

 

Elective Group III: Students must choose one elective, subject to approval of the MFIN director, from MBA, MIM or MSF offerings.

Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. You must submit all of the items listed below for your application to be considered. Admission decisions will be made within two weeks following receipt of all application materials.

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Resume, including current and previous work experience, education, activities and professional associations
  • Personal statement (approximately 300 words, typed) discussing your career objectives and which aspects of Creighton’s finance program appeal to you most
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from each college and university attended
  • Acceptable GMAT score:
    • We do not require a minimum score on the GMAT. We use the following formula to determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission:
      • Cumulative undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT score
      • Resulting score must be 1,100 or higher
    • The GMAT requirement can be waived under certain circumstances, including:
      • Applicant provides acceptable GRE score
      • Applicant has earned a professional graduate degree
      • Applicant has earned CPA or CFA certification
      • Applicant graduated from Heider College of Business with overall GPA of 3.5 or higher and GPA of 3.75 in all finance, accounting and statistics courses
    • Because GPAs for international applicants do not equate to the grading system in the United States, international applicants must score at least 500 on the GMAT.

International Students
In addition to the admissions requirements listed above, international applicants must submit an official TOEFL score report, unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Africa (English speaking only), Australia or New Zealand. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet).

Conditional Student Status
Individuals who have not yet taken the GMAT can apply for conditional student status. This means you can take up to six hours of graduate-level coursework on a space-available basis while preparing for the GMAT. The conditional application can be found here. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all application materials, including the application fee, have been submitted.

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

 

Learn more:
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
402.280.2731

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
June, August, October, January, March

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Application materials must be received at least two weeks prior to your intended start date.

Dual Degree Options

Master of Business Administration + Master of Finance (MBA/MFIN)

Creighton University offers a dual degree in Business Administration and Finance to graduate students who are interested in gaining advanced knowledge in both areas.

Students entering the program need to show evidence that they have completed at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree or satisfy the statistics requirement by taking Quantitative Analysis. Students without a statistics class may either complete an acceptable undergraduate course or a non-credit statistics tutorial offered for a fee by the college.

The MBA + MFIN dual degree consists of 48 credit hours.

See a full course listing here.

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