MS in Finance

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    “Our goal is to educate the finance professional of the future: deeply knowledgeable in an area of expertise and yet well-rounded; focused on the maximization of shareholder’s value and yet socially responsible.” Federico Bandi | Faculty | MS in Finance
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    “When I was an intern at one of the big four accounting firms, I helped my supervisors to build financial statements every day and I think my classes were very helpful in improving my applicable skills and knowledge.” Lu Gao | Student | MS in Finance

With the MS in Finance, you’ll go beyond the numbers to understand the larger impact—and responsibility—finance has in a global economy. Broaden your perspective by studying and learning from renowned Carey faculty and other Hopkins experts.



36 credits, 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


$68,900 (full-time) / $1,370 per credit (part-time)


$100 Application Fee

$500 Matriculation Fee (Full-Time)

$250 Matriculation Fee (Part-Time)

Online Full-Time Part-Time

Inside Look Into MS in Finance

Program Features

The MS in Finance (MSF) program develops managers and specialists who understand the importance of transparency, responsibility, accountability, and fair and equitable treatment of shareholders for good corporate governance practices. The program features:

  • Johns Hopkins University world-class faculty and experienced practitioners in the field of finance.
  • A significant part of the finance curriculum devoted to the CFA Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge, preparing our students to sit for the CFA exams.
  • Strong theoretical and practical foundations in corporate finance and valuation, corporate governance, and securities analysis and investments. 

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Sample Curriculum

The full-time, 36-credit MS in Finance is ideal for students with limited or no professional work experience, while the part-time program was created for working professionals advancing in their careers. Both formats are offered at the Carey Business School’s Baltimore and Washington, D.C., campuses. Part-time students may also choose to take classes online, which feature mostly asynchronous learning activities with a few recommended or required synchronous (real-time) activities.  Students will select a preferred mode of study upon enrollment. Students should review the technical requirements for online courses before applying.

The curriculum for the MS in Finance program includes the following courses, but course sequence and availability of specific electives may vary. Students must consult with an academic adviser to ensure that they take courses in the approved sequence.

Not all electives or concentration courses are available in the online format. Online sections of Business Communication also require the attendance of a 3-day in-person residency at the Baltimore campus in order to complete the 8-week course. During the residency, students will engage in course instruction, participating in activities, and network with faculty, fellow students, alumni, and business leaders.

Descriptions for the following courses can be found in the JHU Student Information System Course Search.


Business Foundations (16 credits)

  • BU.210.620 Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • BU.120.601 Business Communication*
  • BU.131.601 Business Leadership and Human Values
  • BU.231.620 Corporate Finance
  • BU.220.620 Economics for Decision Making
  • BU.220.610 The Firm and the Macroeconomy
  • BU.232.701 Investments
  • BU.510.601 Statistical Analysis

*Online sections of Business Communications require students to attend a 3-day in-person residency at the Baltimore campus in order to complete the 8-week course.

Functional Core (8 credits)

  • BU.232.710 Derivatives
  • BU.231.710 Financial Institutions
  • BU.230.620 Financial Modeling and Valuation
  • BU.232.720 Fixed Income

Finance Electives (12 credits)

  • BU.231.790 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • BU.210.650 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • BU.232.790 Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies**
  • BU.232.750 Advanced Portfolio Management
  • BU.520.710 Big Data Machine Learning**
  • BU.232.650 Continuous Time Finance**
  • BU.231.720 Corporate Governance
  • BU.510.650 Data Analytics
  • BU.233.730 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • BU.230.750 Financial Crises and Contagion
  • BU.220.720 Financial Econometrics**
  • BU.230.730 Managing Financial Risk**
  • BU.231.740 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • BU.230.710 Quantitative Financial Analysis**
  • BU.232.730 Wealth Management

**Indicates electives are available on-site only

Students who complete this program between May 2018 and August 2018 are eligible to continue their studies in a complementary new area with Carey's Second Degree Option. More information is available on the Second Degree Option page

Tuition & Fees

For Academic Year 2017-2018

  Tuition Application FEE Matriculation Fee Registration Per Semester Graduation Fee
Full-Time $68,900 (for entire 12-month program) $100 $500 $0 $0
Part-Time $1,370 per credit $100 $250 $0 $0

All fees are nonrefundable. 

  • Late Registration Fee: $250
  • Late Payment Fee: $250
  • Returned Check Fee: $35
  • Payment Plan Termination Fee: $75
  • Delinquent Account Collection Fee: 25% of the outstanding debt

Learn more about the financial assistance available to students.

Life (and Career) After Graduation

Our Career Development team is committed to providing opportunities for you to build professional skills and competencies that are essential for success in the career search. 

Graduates of the MS in Finance Program have gone on to earn positions in finance and accounting, general management, operations, and logistics with the following employers:

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Bank of China
  • Citibank
  • CITIC Securities
  • Deloitte
  • Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Home Depot
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • PNC Financial Services
  • Prudential
  • World Bank

The most recent MS in Finance career data is available here.

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