Academic Program

Program Overview

The MS in Finance Program at the GW School of Business produces leaders in the field of Finance. The program focuses on risk management, financial engineering, banking, corporate finance, and portfolio analysis and management. It has been designed to combine quantitative and computer skills with financial theory and applications.


The MSF program is a full-time, 48 credit-hour program. Students with very strong backgrounds in a particular subject area can petition to waive a required course, replacing it with an elective as approved by the program director.


Students can complete degree requirements in the following time frames:

  • Intensive Track: 12 months
    Students take four classes per semester to complete the degree in 12 months, including a summer session. The intensive track is available only for students who can devote their full time and attention to the degree program.
  • Regular Track: 24 months
    The regular track, for working professionals, paces classes over 24 months, including two summer sessions.

Curriculum Overview

The MSF degree requires students to complete 48 credits of the required courses listed below. Students with very strong backgrounds in a particular subject area can petition to waive a required course and replace it with an elective, as approved by the program director.

For course descriptions, visit:     MSF | Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
FINA 6271 Financial Modeling & Econometrics 4.0
FINA 6272 Global Financial Markets 4.0
FINA 6273 Cases in Financial Management & Investment Banking 4.0
FINA 6274 Corporate Financial Management & Modeling 4.0
FINA 6275 Investment Analysis & Global Portfolio Management 4.0
FINA 6276 Financial Engineering & Derivatives Securities 4.0
FINA 6277 Comparative Financial Market Regulation & Development 4.0
FINA 6278 Financial Theory & Research 4.0
FINA 6279 Real Estate Finance, Fixed-Income Security Valuation 4.0
FINA 6280 Financial Institution Management & Modeling 4.0
FINA 6281 Cases in Financial Modeling & Engineering 4.0
FINA 6282 Advanced Financial Econometrics & Modeling 4.0