Master of Finance

Kickstart Your Finance Career

Maryland Smith’s Master of Finance (MFin) program gives you the advanced knowledge you’ll need to launch an exciting career in finance. Our students are data-informed, analytical thinkers who are interested in applying the latest finance technologies to careers in corporate investment, risk management and asset allocation.

 

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Why Get a Smith Master of Finance Degree?

Maryland Smith’s MFin program provides you with a sophisticated, high-level understanding of finance. We’ll help you acquire in-demand technical skills, critically think through financial obstacles and explore ways to communicate complex financial ideas to others.

Advance Toward Finance Certifications

Learn useful skills that can prepare you to take the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) exams.

Use Latest Programming Technology

Explore key finance concepts and learn the latest industry technologies, such as Python and R.

Learning Tailored for the Workplace

Combine the theories you learn in class with projects and experiences that mirror what you'll do in the workplace.

Alumni Profiles

Our MFin students pursue competitive and exciting finance opportunities in their fields after graduating. Their experiences at Maryland Smith helped them to expand their network, solidify their career goals and prepared them to perform their job responsibilities a step above the rest.

“The finance career coach, Pauline Ma, is like my mentor — or even family. Pauline helped me explore who I am as a person, which allowed me to find opportunities that triggered my interests.”

Fang Yu (Louis) Liu
Master of Finance ’21

“Professor Kozak went above and beyond to make sure I had a deep understanding of the material.”

Michelle Weinfeld
Master of Finance ’20
Forensic Investigation and Litigation Support Associate, BDO

“Doing hands-on projects allowed me to better understand model development, quantitative analytics and technical programming. I was more than prepared to explore the finance world after graduating.”

Xinyue (Sherry) Zhang
Master of Finance ’16
Risk Analyst, World Bank Group

Master of Finance at a Glance

2, 3 or 4
Semesters
30
Credits
3.4
Average GPA
Average tuition money saved by pursuing a business master’s degree through the Plus 1 program compared with a traditional graduate program path.

Available as a Plus 1 Program

If you’re a current University of Maryland freshman, sophomore or junior, you can pursue your Master of Finance degree through the Plus 1 program. You’ll save time and thousands of dollars on graduate tuition though this accelerated business master’s program.

Learn More: Plus 1 Program

Apply and Receive Admissions Benefits

Maryland Advantage can make it easier for applicants who have completed their undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the United States to transition into the business master’s program by helping them save money on tuition, skip graduate entrance exams and get personalized career counseling before starting their program.

Learn More: Admissions

Acquire Valuable Skills

As a Master of Finance (MFin) student, you’ll lean into a wide range of concepts ideal for a career in corporate finance, risk management or asset management. You’ll also put your quantitative skills to full use as you explore concepts and tools, such as:

  • Big data and machine learning in finance
  • Corporate and credit risk management
  • Credit risk modeling
  • Financial data analytics
  • Financial strategy
  • Institutional asset management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Portfolio management
  • Python
  • Quantitative investment
  • SAS
  • Valuation and business modeling
  • Venture capital and private equity

Specialized Career Tracks

Choose a specialized track to acquire the targeted skills you’ll need in your finance career.

Financial Analysis and Risk Management

Examine a company’s financial picture and learn how to identify, manage and mitigate risk to a company’s earnings. Future career roles often include risk and research analysis and financial consulting.

Asset Management

Manage a company or individual’s investments and financial portfolio. Future career roles often include investment banking and financial advising.

Learn from Expert Faculty

Your professors are savvy, well-connected finance leaders whose research has changed the world of finance. They will push you to take your skills to the next level and offer valuable guidance as you navigate your coursework and career.

His seminal 1985 paper, nicknamed Kyle '85 by Nobel laureates and others, changed the thinking on the way markets operate.

Co-creator of an entire field of finance research – market microstructure (The Kyle Model).

Expert in market microstructure, corporate finance, asset pricing and management, and private equity.

Albert "Pete" Kyle

Founding executive director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Maryland Smith.

Expert in mergers and acquisitions, investments, and corporate governance.

Liu Yang

Former financial consultant for Goldman Sachs, U.S. Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bank of America Professor of Finance and Allen J. Krowe Teaching Award recipient.

Expert in mutual funds, securities markets, microfinance, quantitative equity strategy and stock price setting for institutional investors.

Russ Wermers

Academic Director

Liu Yang
Academic Director, Master of Finance & Master of Quantitative Finance Programs
lyang@rhsmith.umd.edu

Faculty

Michael Faulkender

Dean’s Professor of Finance
mfaulken@umd.edu

Serhiy Kozak

Assistant Professor
skozak@rhsmith.umd.edu

Albert "Pete" Kyle

Charles E. Smith Chair in Finance | Distinguished University Professor
akyle@rhsmith.umd.edu

Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic

William A. Longbrake Chair in Finance | Associate Director, C-BERC
vmaksimovic@rhsmith.umd.edu

Clifford Rossi

Professor of the Practice
crossi@umd.edu

Where Your Degree Can Take You

When you decide to pursue a Master of Finance (MFin) degree, you’re choosing to enter a growing field with exciting career paths. Nearly half of all U.S. employers plan to hire job candidates with an MFin degree, making it worth the investment now and in the future (GMAC, 2019).

$70K
Average starting salary for our MFin graduates
41%
Average salary increase of our MFin alumni three years after graduating
2X
Faster-than-average 10-year job growth for financial analysts

Sources: Financial Times, 2018; Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Picture Yourself in These Job Roles

Advisory Associate

Financial Analyst

Financial Consultant

Research Analyst

Investment Banking Analyst

Risk Analyst

"There are professors at Smith who are renowned across the world for their theories in finance. It was a unique opportunity to learn material from people who were creating those theories.”

Yulia Ogorodova
Master of Finance ’15
VP of Asset Management; Independence Realty Trust, Inc.

Businesses who have hired our Master of Finance Grads

Boost Your Professional Skills 

Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS) can help you bridge the gap between being a student and an employed professional. You’ll have one-on-one access to a career coach who will provide you with personalized tips on how to articulate your strengths when interacting with your future employer.

Learn More: Office of Career Services

Connect With Your Classmates

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make connections at Smith and engage in exciting social activities through the Smith Masters Student Association. You can join an accounting-related club or others that provide you with general connections and skills.

Learn More: Smith Masters Student Association

Contact Us

Business Master's Office
2303 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742-1815
Phone: 301-405-2559
E-mail: SmithMasters@umd.edu
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

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