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The MSM-Finance program in the Corporate Financial Analytics, Risk Management Analytics and Financial Big Data Analytics tracks qualifies as a STEM degree, which allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their optional practical training (OPT) period. This means you may be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States. Visit the U.S. government's website for more information on STEM extensions.
Get an Edge on the Competition
Within Weatherhead’s Master of Science in Management-Finance (MSM-Finance) program, you will obtain the knowledge to make immediate and skilled contributions to corporate finance, financial modeling, valuation, derivatives, risk management, and financial econometrics.
Through case studies, projects, corporate presentations, field trips, and internships, management in finance students acquire a solid foundation in finance while applying key concepts and theories in and out of class.
Case Western Reserve University is the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. The Master of Science in Management - Finance (MSM-Finance) program in the Weatherhead School of Management has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
The MSM-Finance program is led by the same world-class faculty who teach in our highly regarded undergraduate finance program (ranked first in the U.S. by Businessweek in 2010 and 2012).
Customize to Stand Out
Designed to give students additional depth in a more diverse area of finance, Weatherhead’s MSM-Finance degree offers three tracks beyond the core requirements:
- Financial Big Data Analytics Track (STEM Eligible)
- Corporate Financial Analytics Track (STEM Eligible)
- Risk Management Analytics Track (STEM Eligible)
- Corporate Finance
Additionally, Weatherhead's new Bloomberg Lab will put you on the cutting edge of investment-related experiential learning, providing you access to the same data, research and technology used by investment professionals. Learn more about Weatherhead's MSM-Finance curriculum.
Your Path to Career Placement
Find the connections you need to succeed. Weatherhead offers its finance students:
- City treks across the U.S. to meet with potential employers
- Connections with industry practitioners from Key Bank, PNC, Ernst & Young LLP, University Hospitals and more integrated throughout the curriculum
- Friday Seminars led by industry practitioners
and more—including personalized career support.
Explore Finance Options beyond the Bank
A solid foundation in finance doesn't mean that your future has to be banking. The world of finance touches every sector of our economy. The MSM-Finance degree can enhance your undergraduate degree with the quantitative and analytical skills to begin a career in your field of interest or set you off in an entirely new direction. Graduates of the MSM-Finance program accept positions in financial institutions, insurance, sales, higher education, arts and culture, government, manufacturing, investment firms, marketing, journalism, technology and many others.
Program faculty and Weatherhead’s Career Management Office will work directly with you to ensure you are prepared and ready for your career.
Train for Finance in the Real World
While many MSM-Finance degrees focus on quantitative skills, students at Weatherhead gain a solid background in focused financial theory and often gain a network of regional, national and international business contacts while enrolled.
Senior consultant Mary Washburn, MSM-Finance '16, learned how to see the bigger picture while in Weatherhead’s MSM-Finance program.
MSM-Finance students leave Weatherhead knowing how to:
- Speak and understand the language of business
- Pitch an idea
- Work effectively with superiors, co-workers and groups
- Practice good time management
- Take feedback and deal with pressure and frustration
- Write well in the business environment
Additionally, international students have the opportunity to participate in a Spoken English Language Program to refine their presentation and communication skills.
Learn More Than Number Crunching
Students in the MSM-Finance program discover that:
- Finance can be more of an art than an exact science
- Stories are as important as numbers
- Good first impressions go far
- Conceptual understanding trumps number crunching
- The big picture comes before details: It's important to exercise common sense when looking at numbers
Find essential admissions information, such as application requirements, deadlines, and program start dates for the MSM-Finance program.
Ready to advance your career now? Apply online today.
Discover Weatherhead’s Dual-Degree Opportunities in Finance
Weatherhead’s Master of Science in Management-Finance (MSM-Finance) program offers dual-degree programs to pair the mastery of finance with a solid foundation in other management areas.
Dual degrees include:
Earn a BA or BS degree and an MSM-Finance in as little as four years
Couple the quantitative and analytical skills of your undergraduate studies with the specialized skills obtained from a master’s in finance. Adding the MSM-Finance degree to your undergraduate program will prepare you to make immediate contributions in corporation finance, investment banking, equity research, investment management, risk management and corporate consulting.
For more information, see the BA/BS and MSM-Finance Integrated program page, or contact Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, at 216.368.3856, or Marybeth Keeler, Program Manager, MSM-Finance, at 216.368.3688.