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Master of Science in Applied Finance Program

Earn a STEM-Designated Degree to Accelerate in Finance

Stand out as an innovative finance professional that can identify new opportunities to improve an organization's economic stability. Through an holistic, experiential approach, the Pepperdine Graziadio Master of Science in Applied Finance (MSAF) readies you for a competitive finance-related career with a strong conceptual foundation in areas such as business valuation, equity analysis, financial accounting, and investment banking. Our STEM-designated curriculum led by senior industry experts will prepare you to successfully complete the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Want to further elevate your career for long term success? Apply your MS in Applied Finance towards core MBA requirements 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 and thrive professionally in real-world business situations.

Program Highlights



Beautiful Malibu Campus


12-15 Month Program


Optional Practical Training


Accelerated MBA Track


Global Alumni Network of 47,000+


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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.

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Access to Industry Resources: As a MS in Applied Finance student, you'll have exclusive access to our Bloomberg Professional Services terminals on campus.

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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.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT): International students with an F-1 visa are eligible to apply for 12-month option practical training (OPT).

Quick Facts


$31,470 per term*




12-15 Months




*Cost of tuition is in effect for the 2023-2024 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion. Use the Cost of Attendance Calculator to estimate the cost of your program of interest. This tool incorporates additional per term expenses such as living expenses (food and housing),  transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, and fees.


Seaver Graduates: Double Up on your Pepperdine Future

Receive a 20% tuition discount or merit scholarship when you apply and enroll into the Full-Time MBA program.



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MS in Applied Finance Admission

Program Deadlines



Fall 2024 Term: Final Deadline


Fall 2024 Term: Classes Start



Malibu Campus

See Your Future Differently From Malibu

Classes are held at the Malibu campus in sunny California. The expansive Malibu campus sits on 830 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with nearly every spot on campus featuring stunning views of the beaches. Pepperdine is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study. Graziadio students also have access to graduate student housing and amenities like the library, gym, and swimming pool at our scenic Malibu campus.

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International Student Experiences

  • As a visa-eligible program, we offer exceptional support to international students.
  • A dedicated enrollment services officer will make your admissions process easy and comfortable.
  • We integrate international students across our campuses. The Office of International Student Services (OISS) provides additional support for international students.
  • Enjoy access to housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.
  • Participate in University social, sporting, cultural, and spiritual events.
  • Build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues. The community extends beyond the program to the larger Graziadio and Pepperdine family.
  • Partnerships with professional networks and conferences and a robust alumni network further students' growth opportunities.



The Company You'll Keep

When you join the Graziadio community, you'll join a global network of over 48,000 alumni actively shaping the world of business at top organizations, including:

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Fall 2023 Student Profile

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Top Industries: Bar graph shows the percentage breakdown of current industries our students were employed upon time of application submission. 13.79% Financial Services/Insurance, 10.34% Real Estate/Development, 6.90% Consulting/Business Services, and 6.90% Manufacturing/Electronics. This information reflects the data collected from MSAF applications for the fall 2023 cohort.



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1 Year

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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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Student Experience

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Intensive 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. The Princeton Review has reported on our high-quality programs and faith-based education.


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