MS in Applied Finance Curriculum | Pepperdine University | Graziadio Business School

MS in Applied Finance Curriculum

Unlike other degree programs in finance that concentrate almost exclusively on theoretical concepts, the Graziadio School's M.S. in Applied Finance takes a more holistic approach to prepare our students for a variety of financial careers. The 12-month program features a curriculum that focuses on the application of theory to real-world business needs.

The M.S. in Applied Finance is open to recent college graduates who may or may not have an undergraduate degree in business. The program will give students a solid foundation with the core skills and knowledge needed to launch a career in finance.

Curriculum Tracks

Students may choose from three curriculum tracks:

Curriculum 1: Capital Markets

Hone your skills in such in-demand expertise as business valuation, equity analysis, and financial modeling. Required classes include: Financial Modeling, Capital Markets, Private Capital Markets, Business Valuation, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Career opportunities include:

  • Equity Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Business Valuation
  • Investment Banking
Curriculum 1: Capital Markets Units
Core Classes (economics, quantitative methods, accounting and finance): 39-43 units
Electives (accounting and/or finance): 4 units
Total Units: 43-47 units required

Curriculum 2: Financial Management

This elective addresses topics relevant to a career in corporate finance. Required classes include: Strategic Issues in Finance, Capital Markets, Working Capital Management, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Career opportunities include:

  • Commercial Banking
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Institution Management
  • Corporate Financial Planning
  • Risk Management
Curriculum 2: Financial Management Units
Core Classes (economics, quantitative methods, accounting and finance): 39-43 units
Electives (accounting and/or finance): 4 units
Total Units: 43-47 units required

Curriculum 3: Investments

Gain the knowledge to prepare you for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam. Required classes include: Capital Markets, Modern Portfolio Theory, Analysis of Fixed Income Securities, Analysis of Equity Securities, Management of Financial Risk.

Career opportunities include:

  • Equity Analysis
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • Financial Planning
  • Money Management
  • Risk Management
Curriculum 3: Investments Units
Core Classes (economics, quantitative methods, accounting and finance): 37-41 units
Electives (accounting and/or finance): 6 units
Total Units: 43-47 units required