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Master of Science in Financial Analysis

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Portland State's Master of Science in Financial Analysis is accredited among the top 5% of Schools of Business worldwide in both general business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). Our program integrates both finance and accounting coursework into one accelerated degree.

 

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Industry Trends

Are you prepared to make significant financial contributions and offer strategic decision-making? As the global financial economy regains strength, businesses are in great need of skilled and knowledgeable finance and accounting leaders. The global financial market is expanding at a rapid rate while investment portfolios and regulatory standards become more complex. The financial industry is in need of educated professionals who can address new financial trends and increase consumer optimism. According to (FORBES/PWC), nearly half of all CEOs report that they have been challenged to find skilled employees and view this as a major obstacle to achieving company growth. 25% of CEOs in the financial industry have delayed a key strategic initiative because they did not have the right talent to execute it. Portland State's Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) program will expose you to the technical skills necessary for career success in both finance and accounting. The program allows you to move beyond the numbers, and offer the “big picture” strategies to influence and innovate business transformation.

 

The Program

The MSFA provides a stellar return on investment for those seeking to advance their career in the financial and accounting fields. From day one our program will guide you through a hands-on, real-world experience that leverages PSU’s local business connections. This unique dual-focused program prepares professionals seeking to gain management level business skills.

With both a core focus and specialized concentration, the MSFA is dedicated to the fundamental and practical education needed for your career advancement. Whether you’re interested in pursuing tax, assurance or advisory in the public sector; valuation, underwriting and research; or developing financial plans, managing cash or product costing and financial reporting, the MSFA has a specialized option for you.

Expand your expertise and explore new topics with the multitude of electives offered, from helping manage a six-figure investment fund to the unique experience of traveling to Marseilles, France to study international finance.

Culminating in a Capstone Consulting Experience, this section will allow you to work in groups to provide consulting services for a variety of local Portland companies gaining both first-hand experience and valuable networking opportunities.

 

The Curriculum

Become a fearless financial leader through an integrated curriculum in finance and accounting. Our curriculum offers either a full-time option that can be completed in just one year, or a part-time option to be completed in two years for a total of 52 credits. Both options allow students to customize their degree within three primary tracks, equipping students to successfully manage anything from small businesses to corporate level accounting. These three concentrations are:

  • Public Accounting
  •  Investment Management
  • Corporate Financial Management

The core curriculum (28 credits) includes:

  • Executive Perspectives on Leadership
  • Communications for Leaders
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Professional Ethics and Public Interest
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Hedging and Risk Management
  • Valuation and Analysis
  • Capstone Consulting Project

PSU's MSFA program has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. Whether you’re looking to advance your career in finance or to launch into the financial sector, PSU offers the invaluable skills and education necessary to accomplish your goals.

 

Community and Faculty

The School of Business Administration is extremely well connected in the financial community in Portland, with many alumni positioned at local companies and in professional organizations such as the Portland CFA Society. Through this network, executives from leading companies such as Bonneville Power Administration, Cambia Health Solutions, Columbia Sportswear, Daimler Trucks North America, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Geffen Mesher, Grant Thornton, Intel, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG, Legacy Health, Moss Adams, Nike, Perkins & Co, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tektronix and StanCorp Financial Group seek to hire our MSFA graduates.

Start building your network of business professionals including educators, recruiters and local contacts in the financial sector. Our best-in class instruction and local industry relationships will create a transformative experience where you can graduate feeling confident, connected, and capable for your new career.

 

Your Career

As an MSFA student you will be able to take advantage of PSU’s many professional connections. Our Career Management Resources provide students with outstanding opportunities for internships, real-world project experience, and job-hunting resources. Studies show that, personal financial advisors job growth is expected to increase by 32% between 2010 and 2020, a rate that is much faster than average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Candidates with a deep understanding of both accounting and financial expertise will be in high demand. Join us in the heart of the thriving downtown Portland business community and our partners and large network of alumni will help provide unmatched access to regional business experts. Are ready to become a fearless leader? PSU MSFA, invest in your financial career.