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Propel your career in the corporate finance industry. In as little as nine months, the W. P. Carey Master of Science in Finance (MS‑FIN) delivers a leading-edge curriculum balanced between finance and asset/portfolio management.

Program overview

Gain a competitive advantage and acquire the skills and expertise employers are looking for. You’ll be prepared for a range of career opportunities, including corporate finance, risk management, money management, financial planning, investment banking, consulting, or real estate.

The W. P. Carey MS‑FIN is one of the few advanced finance degrees offered by a top-ranked business school, providing a distinctive foundation in business and finance. You’ll have access to world-renowned faculty, motivated classmates, and personalized career resources.


With instruction by faculty who bring cutting-edge research and real-world experience into the classroom, the innovative MS-FIN curriculum allows you to build on concepts throughout the program. You can add extra focus through an optional third semester track in analytical methods, further developing in-demand skills employers are seeking.

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Prepare for the CFA exam

Accepted into the CFA University Affiliation Program, the ASU MS-FIN degree from the W. P. Carey School of Business is aligned with CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK). By completing the master's in finance, you'll be better prepared for the CFA Level 1 exam, the first step toward becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA).

Optional third-semester track

Strengthen your skills and knowledge in analytical methods with an optional third-semester track. Adding 12 credit hours to your MS-FIN program, with a minimum of two required courses and two required electives, the optional track includes a summer internship opportunity as well as an additional course credit of career preparation to help you navigate full-time offers and maximize your investment in a master’s degree.

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STEM-designated program

The W. P. Carey MS-FIN program has been designated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM eligible degree program (CIP code 52.1301). The STEM designation allows eligible graduates on student visas access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension, up to 36 months, as compared to 12 months for non-STEM degrees. As an international student, the longer work authorization term may help you gain additional real-world skills and experience in the U.S.


In addition to the offering the Master of Science in Finance, the Department of Finance supports the Department of Finance supports a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in finance and a PhD in finance. The department offers concentrations and core and elective courses in other W. P. Carey MBA programs; the Master of Real Estate Development, and the undergraduate minor in real estate.

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