Master of Science in Finance

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Our master of finance is one of the best career investments you can make.

A master’s degree in finance is consistently rated one of the best investments you can make in your career.  Maximize your returns with Portland State University’s STEM-designated Master of Science in Finance (MSF). You’ll gain tangible technical expertise and position yourself for a bright future in corporate finance, traditional investments or impact investing. 

As a STEM-designated program, our finance master’s degree offers advanced training in the quantitative methods, strategic, risk management and data visualization tools that drive financial decision making. Portland State has deep financial industry connections in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, with a network of over 25,000 alumni worldwide. 

Whether you are seeking a career change, career advancement or exploring career options in finance, PSU’s master of finance helps you take your career to the next level. 

Master of Finance: Why PSU?

  • Applied learning. Our master of finance uses case-based and experiential learning to develop skills and knowledge that add value in the workplace. You’ll work with business clients and can participate in regional and national case competitions, internships, consulting projects, portfolio management investing or impact investing with actual funds through Impact Ventures.  
  • Superior faculty. You’ll learn from a diverse faculty with a combination of CFA, MBA and Ph.D. credentials. Our faculty bring experience from academia as well as the private and public sectors, giving you an educational experience that unites textbook theory with real-world knowledge. 
  • Academic excellence. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute has recognized PSU as a University Affiliate, an elite classification certifying that our master of finance curriculum aligns with CFA standards.  
  • STEM and quantitative skills. Our master of finance earned the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) designation for its quantitative rigor and focus on financial technology. Because PSU’s master of finance program holds STEM designation, international students who enroll in the program are eligible for visa extensions.
  • Access, diversity and inclusion. You have the option of enrolling as a part-time or full-time student, completing the master of finance on your own schedule. Our finance graduate program welcomes a diverse population that includes military veterans, working professionals, domestic and international students. 

Master of Finance Highlights

  • Available on a full-time and part-time basis
  • Accessible to working professionals and recent college graduates
  • University Affiliate status from CFA Institute; scholarships awarded to offset CFA Level 1 exam fees
  • STEM-designated master of finance degree
  • Elite accreditation in business and accounting from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Highly credentialed faculty (CFAs, MBAs, and PhDs)
  • Bloomberg Finance Lab available to the master of finance students; students can earn Bloomberg Terminal certification increasing their marketability
  • PSU participates in Barron's in Education, giving students free access to Barron's, one of the nation’s premier financial resources, and an array of experiential learning opportunities
  • Blockchain technology courses available; consider pairing your degree with our Business Blockchain Certificate

What Can I Do With a Master of Finance?

Financial professionals are in high demand, particularly individuals with quantitative, strategic, communication and leadership skills. Our Master of Science in Finance qualifies you for a broad range of career opportunities in the public and private sectors. Our alumni work at leading companies such as Nike, Providence Health & Services, Cambia Health Solutions, Daimler Trucks North America, Blount, ESC, and Intel. Functional areas include:

  • Business valuation
  • Investment analysis
  • Financial technology
  • Financial services
  • Budget and forecasting
  • Industry research
  • Impact Investing 



University Affiliation Program, CFA Institute

STEM Program