Master of Science in Applied Finance Program
Earn a STEM-Designated Degree to Accelerate in Finance
Standing out as a multi-faceted finance professional requires the ability to identify new opportunities and improve an organization's economic stability. Through an holistic, experiential approach, the Pepperdine Graziadio MS in Applied Finance (MSAF) prepares students for a finance-related career with an emphasis on practical application. Whether you choose the 12- or 15-month program, you'll build a strong conceptual foundation in areas such as business valuation, equity analysis, financial accounting, and investment banking. As an added bonus, our STEM-designated curriculum identifies key topics and courses that will better prepare you for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.
Reach even further beyond your masters degree with the option to apply your MS in Applied Finance towards core MBA requirements, allowing you to earn an MBA in as little as 15-months. Through an optional fourth trimester internship practicum, you'll be able to leverage your learning in real-world business situations.
Beautiful Malibu Campus
12-15 Month Program
Optional Practical Training
Accelerated MBA Track
Global Alumni Network of 47,000+
STEM Curriculum: Our experiential-based curriculum follows the required guidelines to receive STEM designation, allowing for F-1 students to apply for a 24-month optional practical training (OPT) extension.
Access to Industry Resources: As a MS in Applied Finance student, you'll have exclusive access to our Bloomberg Professional Services terminals on campus.
Curricular Track Options: Tailor your degree towards your goals with a choice of two curricular specializations in financial management or investments. You may also extend your degree to earn an MBA in as little as 15 months.
Optional Practical Training (OPT): International students with an F-1 visa are eligible to apply for 12-month option practical training (OPT).
$30,260 per term*
*Cost of tuition is in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion.
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Prospective students for the Master of Science in Applied Finance degree completion program can expect to pay a tuition cost of $77,690* after merit awards. Without merit awards, the cost of tuition is $90,780.
|Full program cost||$90,780|
|Average merit award reduction||-$13,090|
|*Total tuition with merit award||$77,690|
*Pepperdine welcomes federal and state aid eligibility and veteran benefits which may further reduce tuition cost. Estimated tuition is based on the average merit award. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or above.
The Company You'll Keep
When you join the Graziadio community, you'll join a global network of over 47,000 alumni actively shaping the world of business at top organizations, including:
Fall 2021 Student Profile
Top Industries: Bar graph shows the percentage breakdown of current industries our students were employed upon time of application submission. 30%% Financial Services/Insurance, 8% Consulting/Business Services, 8% Education/Nonprofit, 5% Energy/Utilities and 5% Other industries. This information reflects the data collected from MSAF applications for the fall 2021 cohort.
Avg. Work Experience
What Our Students Are Saying
"I took two fixed income classes, Debt Securities and Strategic Issues in Finance, my second year which helped me pass the CFA Level II exam in May 2021. I learned holistic and quantitative finance in these courses, helping me not only in exams but also in a better position to understand post-pandemic real world financial problems." - Ambrosia Chen, MBA Finance Concentration '20
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Values-Based, Purpose Driven
The Master of Science in Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio comes with small, collaborative classes led by our renowned faculty who are personally committed to your academic and professional success. With ethical, sustainable business woven into the core of our teachings and an emphasis on experiential learning, you'll experience a truly unique, transformational graduate degree within a global community of Best for the World Leaders.
Your Future in Applied Finance
Our Career and Professional Development department provides resources to connect MS in Applied Finance with other like-minded professionals and navigate potential career opportunities. Our dedicated advisors provide personalized guidance, career-building tools, and access to an extensive network of students, alumni, and employers around the globe.
Resources to Help You Achieve Your Goals
The academic success of our students is at the heart of everything we do. Through our wide variety of Student Success resources and workshops, our students have the opportunity to develop their writing, presentation, test preparation, and time management abilities as well as enhance their reading comprehension and access our comprehensive library services.
Beyond the Classroom
Life at Graziadio extends beyond the classroom with our student-initiated and student-run groups. Develop and enhance your leadership skills in one of the many clubs and organizations that are open to all current students. With over a dozen clubs and organizations such as Finance Club, Graziadio Veteran's Club, Net Impact, Entertainment, Media and Sports Society, and so much more to choose from, you'll be able to find a group that fits you.
Study Finance in a Global Destination
Grow as a leader through international experiences that enhance cross-cultural communication and broaden career opportunities. MS in Applied Finance students have the opportunity to apply to and participate in a one-week Global Business Incentives trip or a full trimester program at one of our 40 university partners in over 25 countries.
Enroll in a Top Ranked Business School
We strive to facilitate an enriching student experience. Bloomberg Businessweek, The Princeton Review, Forbes, Fortune, and U.S. News & World Report have reported on our high-quality programs and faith-based education.