Master of Finance
Boost Your Career with Your Master of Finance Degree
With the right financial knowledge and insights — and the right finance master’s degree — you can become a leader and make a real impact in the financial management industry. Earning your Master of Finance (MFin) degree from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) will get you there.
UCR’s Master of Finance program builds financial analytics skills that you can apply to national and international careers in corporate finance, investment banking, risk management, and other areas of focus.
You can earn your UCR Master of Finance degree in nine months of full-time intensive study or you can take up to 15 months with our flexible study option.
Our Master of Finance program provides a comprehensive overview of the field of finance, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Our finance master’s degree program educates client-facing professionals to understand, translate, and present complex financial instruments effectively. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional certifications in finance.
Prepare for a Professional Certification with Your Finance Degree
Earning a professional certification identifies you as a financial specialist and can enhance your finance career. While there are many financial certifications to choose from including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM), the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is one of the most respected credentials in the investment management industry. It focuses on portfolio management, investment analysis, and ethics.
UCR's MFin program covers more than 70% of CFA exam material, giving you a significant advantage. The program will help you prepare to pass the CFA exam and will help you you gain relevant finance experience upon graduation, putting you on the path to becoming a CFA.
Explore the Master of Finance Program at UCR
Top companies recently hiring UCR MFin graduates:
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- First Century Bank
- Merrill Lynch
- Niagara Bottling
- Northrop Grumman
- TLC North America
Finance job titles UCR MFin graduates have obtained:
- Chief financial officer (CFO)
- Corporate finance analyst/manager
- Cost analyst/manager
- Financial analyst/specialist/manager
- Investment banking analyst/associate
- Portfolio Manager
- Quantitative analyst
- Risk modeling analyst/manager
- Wealth management advisor/manager
- Among others
Benefits of UCR’s Master of Finance Degree
A STEM-Designated Degree Program
Our finance master’s degree program is a STEM-designated program, which allows international students to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States in their field of study after graduation. Graduates of STEM-designated master’s programs make more money on average than non-STEM-designated graduate programs.
Access the Bloomberg Terminal
As a student in UCR’s MFin program, you will have access to a Bloomberg Terminal, which allows you to obtain real-time financial data, comprehensive stock quotes, and news from numerous financial and economic sources.
Learn About our Hylander Student Investment Fund
The Hylander Student Investment Fund (HSIF) allows MFin students to apply their knowledge of security analysis and investment management in a real-world setting. The fund is managed by a select team of students in the School of Business and supervised by a faculty advisor, an advisory board comprised of financial professionals, and officers of the UCR Foundation.
Benefit from CFA Preparation
One of the best paths to career success in finance is to become a chartered financial analyst (CFA). UCR partners with Wiley Efficient Learning to offer MFin students the opportunity to participate in a co-curricular education program at a discounted rate to pass the CFA Level I exam.
A limited number of fully funded scholarships for this program are additionally available to qualifying UCR students. The program includes 15 weeks of training: you’ll begin in January to prepare for the June exam.
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