Is This Program Right for Me?
While many MS Finance degrees focus simply on quantitative math, Weatherhead’s distinctive program prepares students to make immediate and skilled contributions to corporate finance, financial modeling, valuation, derivatives, risk management, and financial econometrics. Candidates learn from and work directly with A-list faculty whose hands-on involvement with students is a point of pride at Weatherhead; meanwhile, our Cleveland location, home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, is one of the most important banking centers in the United States. The program can be completed in 15 months, and internship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
Lessons learned in MS-Finance program go beyond quantitative skills. Students gain a working knowledge of focused financial theory and often gain a network of regional, national, and international business contacts. When asked what life skills they'll take away from the program, graduating MS-Finance students stated the following:The how-tos:
- How to speak and understand the language of business
- How to pitch an idea
- How to work effectively in groups
- How to work things through with superiors and co-workers
- How to manage time
- How to take criticism and deal with pressure and frustration
- How to write for business
- Finance is more art than science
- Stories are as important as numbers
- Making others successful will lead to your own success
- First impressions are key
- Crunching numbers is not convincing to an audience
- The big picture comes before details: It's important to exercise common sense when looking at numbers
Consider a Double Degree
The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Tongji University have jointly developed a double degree program which both a Master of Science in Management-Finance degree from Weatherhead and the MBA degree from Tongji SEM. The program, designed for part-time students and offering classes outside normal working hours, may be completed in just five semesters, but students must complete the program within five years.