Finance - MS

Please note that this program will not be offered on the Providence Campus for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

The Finance Master of Science degree program prepares students for career advancement in a variety of managerial and professional positions in a wide range of firms. As a result of the changes in the field of finance and the increasing complexity in the market, the modern analyst needs much more extensive training in finance than at any time in the recent past. This program provides students with the knowledge they need to apply complex financial technology for value creation in an ethical manner. The program provides two different tracks supported by elective courses for those wishing to seek certification as either a Certified Financial Planner® or a Chartered Financial Analyst.

If your interest lies in financial planning, it's important to know that JWU offers the CFP Certification Professional Education Program. This program is registered with the CFP Board, which means that students can meet the Education requirement and qualify to sit for CFP® Certification Examination administered by the CFP Board. Only about 200 institutions of higher education nationwide meet such a requirement. (See for information pertaining to CFP certification requirements.)

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of financial theories and practices to solve organizational and consumer economic challenges.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to solve financial problems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills as a foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Critique and interpret financial data to assess and improve entity performance within a moral and ethical framework.

Providence and North Miami students admitted to graduate programs in the College of Business who meet the English Proficiency Requirements but whose undergraduate degree was not earned at a American university or at a university located in a country in which the official language is English will be required to take a communications skills assessment. A list of those countries may be found online. Graduate students exiting the English as a Second Language Program at Johnson & Wales University may also be required to take a writing assessment. 


Master of Science (MS)

Foundation Courses
ECON5000Economics in the Global Economy3
FISV5000Corporate Financial Accounting3
Core Courses
FISV5410Personal Financial Planning3
FISV5526Financial Reporting and Control3
FISV5600Financial Management3
FISV6056Fundamentals of Investment and Portfolio Management3
MATH5100Statistical Methods3
Elective Courses
Choose five of the following: #15
Income Tax Planning *
Estate Planning *
Principles of Risk and Insurance *
Retirement Planning *
Strategic Financial Planning **
Managing Capital Markets
Equity Analysis **
Bond Market Analysis **
Applied Behavioral Finance
Alternative Investments **
Derivatives and Risk Management **
Capstone for Certified Financial Planners *
Institutional Portfolio Management **
Total Credits30.0-36.0

Students can take any of the electives to earn the MS Finance degree.


Students wishing to qualify to CFP designation must take these electives (licensing not part of the MS Finance program).


Students wishing to qualify for the CFA designation are highly recommended to take these electives (licensing not part of the MS Finance program).