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Master of Science in Finance and Financial Services online

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Program Overview

$14,250 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30* Credit Hours

Designed for professionals with a desire to work in senior-level positions in finance or financial services, this online finance degree program is focused on industry standards and trending technologies in these emerging fields.

Two tracks of study allow students to specialize in either finance or financial planning, and both are aligned with industry standard professional certifications. The Finance Track prepares you for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam; the Financial Planning Track prepares you for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam.

Students will learn from accomplished faculty who have worked in the industry. Courses use theoretical and applied discipline-based knowledge; hands-on tools, including software and technological platforms; and related real-world skills sets to educate and empower students to provide leadership in corporate finance, investment or commercial banking, or financial services.

Coursework also includes industry-relevant projects with WP’s Global Business & Finance Institute’s state-of-the-art Financial Learning Center. As an added bonus, students needing foundation courses may take them as electives toward the 30 total credit hours needed to complete the program.

As a graduate of this finance master's program, you will be able to:

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Tuition

This online finance degree from William Paterson University offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$475 Per Credit Hour
$14,250 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MS – Finance and Fin Svcs $475 $1,425 $14,250

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William Paterson University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/17/21 04/27/21 05/03/21 05/11/21 05/13/21 07/04/21
Summer 2 07/12/21 06/22/21 06/28/21 07/06/21 07/08/21 08/29/21
Fall 1 09/06/21 08/17/21 08/23/21 08/31/21 09/02/21 10/24/21
Fall 2 11/01/21 10/12/21 10/18/21 10/26/21 10/28/21 12/19/21

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Admissions

At William Paterson University, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MS in Finance and Financial Services, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

The requirements include:

Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
GPA of 2.75 or higher

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to this graduate finance online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Professional resume detailing educational and work experience
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75-2.99 with a review to determine the following:
    • B or higher in business math, precalculus, or calculus
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Official transcripts, test scores, and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

Email address: graduate@wpunj.edu

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Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
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Courses

For the MS in Finance and Financial Services online, you must complete 30 credit hours of required courses. Two tracks offer students a choice to concentrate in finance or financial planning. Any foundation courses needed by a student may be completed as electives toward the 30 credit hours needed to complete the program.

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Students without a “B” or better in pre-requisite undergraduate foundation courses may be required to complete up to six additional credits. These foundations empower you with essential knowledge in functional areas such as finance, accounting, management, and marketing while also maturing your managerial soft skills. Students can start the MS in Finance and Financial Services core while taking these courses.

ACCT 6065: Financial Accounting for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The course will focus on how to organize, present, analyze, and interpret financial accounting information. Accounting information is organized in the form of journals, special ledgers, and the general journal. Financial information is presented in the form of financial statements; principally, the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements and statement of retained earnings. Management input in financial statements relates to interpretation of accounting numbers. Ethical issues are covered in this course on topics relating to control of cash and receivables, recognition of revenues and expenses, and separation of duties in relation to custody of assets and record keeping. The impact of technology on accounting and financial information systems will be incorporated in the course in discussions relating to management of cash and accounts receivable, valuation of inventory, and management of fixed assets.

ECON 6095: Economic Analysis for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course will help students to develop a comprehensive analysis of the micro and macroeconomic forces that shape and modify our economy. Supply and Demand, Revenue and Cost, wages, employment, regulations and taxation are discussed as they affect production, consumption, investment, trade, prices, quantities, profits, inequality, and the economy as a whole.

FIN 6075: Finance for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

A study of the basic principles and practices of financial management of private (as opposed to government owned or affiliated) business operations. The principles and models discussed in the course can be equally applied to publicly listed companies as well as privately owned ones. This course includes an operational framework for financial analysis, financial planning including capital budgeting, along with valuation analysis and cost of capital. The basic framework of analysis used is that of risk and return, emphasizing that the objective of the firm is to maximize shareholder return, subject to satisfying societal and other stakeholder concerns.

MBA 6055: Statistics for Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The main objective of this course is to introduce the basic statistical concepts and tools in order to form the foundation through which students can analyze data used for decision-making. The course is application-oriented and focuses on topics that are useful in business and industry such as descriptive statistics, probability, conceptual modeling, and problem formulation and decision analysis. The course prepares students to develop an understanding of how to deal with new trends in the industry such as big data and data mining.

Students who complete the Finance Track will complete 18 hours of core courses.

FIN 7520: Investment Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an analysis of the Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and valuation of securities. It explores the risk and return characteristics of various financial investment instruments, such as stocks, fixed income securities, options, and other derivatives. The student develops an understanding of pricing processes, valuation models, efficient markets, international capital markets, and rational expectations. The student is also exposed to global financial markets from the perspective of long-term investments. A simulation portfolio investment game is conducted in the class. The course extensively uses both global and domestic real-time data available at the trading floor.

FIN 6550: Financial and Economic Global Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with the environment in which international business is conducted, including economic and financial relations, environmental and strategic factors that affect business operations within different nations. Topics include international trade, the balance of payment, exchange rate determination, hedging of foreign exchange exposure, tariffs and other trade restrictions, economic development, economic integration, and international economic organizations within different nations. Also reviewed are the economic, political, and cultural conditions that influence international business.

FIN 7560: Case Studies in Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses various cases pertaining to corporate finance following the case study approach. Complex financial problems are explored in depth. Students are expected to analyze multi-faceted financial problems from the standpoint of the financial manager of a business enterprise, including domestic, global, and multinational firms. The students are primarily exposed to the concept of value creation, which encompasses capital investment analysis including risk analysis; financing, including evaluating sources of capital; and major strategic decision-making, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

FIN 7650: Risk Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is directed toward students interested in understanding how large-scale complex risk can be quantified, managed, and hedged. We identify the enterprise and business risks; regulatory requirements such as Basel I, II, III; and techniques to measure and report risk. This course will enhance MBA students' potential ability to pursue career opportunities in financial banks, credit analysis, and other related areas.

FIN 7670: Financial Data Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on data-driven analytic techniques for valuation and decision-making using financial market information. The course will cultivate students quantitative thinking and modeling skills by emphasizing application of financial econometrics in modern data sets. This course weighs equally on both theoretical and practical learning. As for theories regarding financial time series, we will learn linear time series models for stationary series (AR, MA, ARMA) and for unit-root, non-stationary series; volatility analysis (ARCH, GARCH). The course will also cover entry-level topics in empirical asset pricing models (CAPM and other factor models). Practical learning involves using R software to read, manipulate, and analyze financial data with real applications.

FIN 7680: Advanced Corporate Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide in-depth overview of financial management concepts and tools and their applications. The topics include cost of capital, discounted cash flow analysis, optimal capital structure theory, dividend payout policy, real options valuation in capital budgeting decision, valuation of risky debt and term structure of interest rates, warrants and convertibles, lease analysis, and the analysis of mergers and acquisitions.

FIN 7750: New Venture Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide rigorous introduction to the world of entrepreneurship and its financing needs that are synergistic with the business strategy of a new venture. The course discusses development of a business plan and, given such a plan, provides an analysis, assessment of the financing needs of the venture and development of a financing plan to provide the needed funding. In the process, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the question of enterprise valuation from the points of view of both the outside investor and the entrepreneur. Basically, this course is designed for a student who, at some point of time in his/her career, will get involved in a traditional entrepreneurial activity, either a startup, a significant expansion of an existing venture, or a large corporation as part of a corporate entrepreneurial activity building a new venture.

FIN 7550: International Economics and Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theoretical and empirical bases for international economic transactions among nations. Emphasis is placed on understanding various theories of trade; cost and benefits of international specialization; and protectionism, quotas, tariffs, and trade policy. In addition, the course examines several topics in international finance such as exchange rate determination, balance of payments, and open economy macroeconomics.

FIN 7570: Investment Policy, Ethics, and Portfolio Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The primary objective of this course is to discuss the process of portfolio management. It covers the concepts of management of individual investor portfolios, management of institutional investor portfolios, professional ethical standards of practice, equity portfolio management strategies, debt portfolio management strategies, real estate and alternative investments in portfolio management, portfolio risk management, and portfolio performance measurement and presentation.

FIN 7580: Derivative Securities

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers introduction to derivatives and basic trading strategies. Attention is paid to two primary types of derivative securities: options and futures. It examines the nature of various strategies involving futures and options on stocks, stock indexes, currencies, and underlying futures. Both the standard binomial and Black-Scholes option pricing models are developed to value the options and futures. The feature of embedded options in convertible bond and other exotic options is discussed.

FIN 7590: Commercial Bank Management and Financial Services

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides a rigorous introduction to the world of commercial banking and related financial services which includes an overview of field, an analysis of commercial banks, including how to analyze and evaluate bank financial statements; profit drivers in banking; managing principal risks in banking, including credit (loan management) and interest rate (asset liability management) risks, and finally the evolving role of commercial banking in the 21st century. The course is designed for students who are interested in a career in banking and financial services, or for those who are already there and would like to upgrade their discipline-based analytical and other skills.

FIN 7600: Financial Analysis and Decisions

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth study of the information contained in financial statements and of the techniques used to analyze corporate profitability and risk and to make credit and investment decisions.

Students who complete the Financial Services Track will complete 21 hours of core courses.

FIN 7520: Investment Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an analysis of the Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and valuation of securities. It explores the risk and return characteristics of various financial investment instruments, such as stocks, fixed income securities, options, and other derivatives. The student develops an understanding of pricing processes, valuation models, efficient markets, international capital markets, and rational expectations. The student is also exposed to global financial markets from the perspective of long-term investments. A simulation portfolio investment game is conducted in the class. The course extensively uses both global and domestic real-time data available at the trading floor.

ACCT 7420: Taxation of Individuals

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an intensive MBA course geared toward students committed to taking the CPA examination. The course provides a study of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code with emphasis on income taxation of individuals. The course looks at tax-minimizing decision-making of individuals. The course is a practical study of federal income taxes and emphasizes research techniques and tax planning principles; it provides practice in the preparation of tax returns and solution of case problems.

FINP 7700: Personal Financial Planning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a master's level course that surveys the principles, processes, and decision-making tools of finance as they apply to individuals throughout their life cycle.

FINP 7710: Insurance Analysis and Planning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to insurance concepts, and strategies used for the evaluation and management of risk. Students will cover in detail different types of insurance including property, health, disability, and life insurance and their usage.

FINP 7720: Retirement Planning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to advance students' skills and competence in retirement planning service. This course will focus on the rules, regulatory consideration of retirement plans, household retirement planning needs analysis, process, and investment vehicles in retirement income, and distribution management.

FINP 7730: Estate Planning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Estate planning focuses on the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client's goals. It is a study of the legal, tax, financial, and non-financial aspects of this process, covering topics such as trusts, wills, probate, advanced directives, charitable giving, wealth transfers, and related taxes.

FINP 7790: Financial Planning Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed for students to integrate the personal financial planning knowledge acquired in all courses and to apply that knowledge to create a comprehensive financial plan using professional planning software. Students will need to collect data, analyze the data and identify the problems, and apply critical-thinking and problem-solving in order to determine a set of recommendations for a given client.

RPS 6100: Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Managers need resources to succeed, and successful managers tend to negotiate well to give themselves the best chance to succeed. They negotiate with customers and suppliers for better prices, and they negotiate with internal functions to get better support and key resources to deliver value to both internal and external stakeholders. As managers move up the corporate ladder, they negotiate with their team members for better commitment and they negotiate with their superiors for domain independence. This course will focus on managers’ need to influence others, manage conflict, and negotiate agreements in a wide range of business scenarios both within and outside the organization. Students will be introduced to basic theories of negotiation, practices and frameworks of negotiation. Students will be provided with opportunities to reshape their understanding of negotiation, discover their own negotiation styles, and apply negotiation principles to critical issues. The course takes a view that negotiation is also a life skill that comes in handy in career growth and addresses the manager's need to understand that influencing often occurs without formal power or authority. The course uses a combination of lectures, discussions, role-play exercises, cases, and exams.

FIN 6550: Financial and Economic Global Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with the environment in which international business is conducted, including economic and financial relations, environmental and strategic factors that affect business operations within different nations. Topics include international trade, the balance of payment, exchange rate determination, hedging of foreign exchange exposure, tariffs and other trade restrictions, economic development, economic integration, and international economic organizations within different nations. Also reviewed are the economic, political, and cultural conditions that influence international business.

FIN 7550: International Economics and Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theoretical and empirical bases for international economic transactions among nations. Emphasis is placed on understanding various theories of trade; cost and benefits of international specialization; and protectionism, quotas, tariffs, and trade policy. In addition, the course examines several topics in international finance such as exchange rate determination, balance of payments, and open economy macroeconomics.

FIN 7560: Case Studies in Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses various cases pertaining to corporate finance following the case study approach. Complex financial problems are explored in depth. Students are expected to analyze multi-faceted financial problems from the standpoint of the financial manager of a business enterprise, including domestic, global, and multinational firms. The students are primarily exposed to the concept of value creation, which encompasses capital investment analysis including risk analysis; financing, including evaluating sources of capital; and major strategic decision-making, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

FIN 7570: Investment Policy, Ethics, and Portfolio Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The primary objective of this course is to discuss the process of portfolio management. It covers the concepts of management of individual investor portfolios, management of institutional investor portfolios, professional ethical standards of practice, equity portfolio management strategies, debt portfolio management strategies, real estate and alternative investments in portfolio management, portfolio risk management, and portfolio performance measurement and presentation.

FIN 7580: Derivative Securities

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers introduction to derivatives and basic trading strategies. Attention is paid to two primary types of derivative securities: options and futures. It examines the nature of various strategies involving futures and options on stocks, stock indexes, currencies, and underlying futures. Both the standard binomial and Black-Scholes option pricing models are developed to value the options and futures. The feature of embedded options in convertible bond and other exotic options is discussed.

FIN 7590: Commercial Bank Management and Financial Services

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides a rigorous introduction to the world of commercial banking and related financial services which includes an overview of field, an analysis of commercial banks, including how to analyze and evaluate bank financial statements; profit drivers in banking; managing principal risks in banking, including credit (loan management) and interest rate (asset liability management) risks, and finally the evolving role of commercial banking in the 21st century. The course is designed for students who are interested in a career in banking and financial services, or for those who are already there and would like to upgrade their discipline-based analytical and other skills.

FIN 7600: Financial Analysis and Decisions

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth study of the information contained in financial statements and of the techniques used to analyze corporate profitability and risk and to make credit and investment decisions.

FIN 7650: Risk Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is directed toward students interested in understanding how large-scale complex risk can be quantified, managed, and hedged. We identify the enterprise and business risks; regulatory requirements such as Basel I, II, III; and techniques to measure and report risk. This course will enhance MBA students' potential ability to pursue career opportunities in financial banks, credit analysis, and other related areas.

FIN 7670: Financial Data Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on data-driven analytic techniques for valuation and decision-making using financial market information. The course will cultivate students quantitative thinking and modeling skills by emphasizing application of financial econometrics in modern data sets. This course weighs equally on both theoretical and practical learning. As for theories regarding financial time series, we will learn linear time series models for stationary series (AR, MA, ARMA) and for unit-root, non-stationary series; volatility analysis (ARCH, GARCH). The course will also cover entry-level topics in empirical asset pricing models (CAPM and other factor models). Practical learning involves using R software to read, manipulate, and analyze financial data with real applications.

FIN 7680: Advanced Corporate Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide in-depth overview of financial management concepts and tools and their applications. The topics include cost of capital, discounted cash flow analysis, optimal capital structure theory, dividend payout policy, real options valuation in capital budgeting decision, valuation of risky debt and term structure of interest rates, warrants and convertibles, lease analysis, and the analysis of mergers and acquisitions.

FIN 7750: New Venture Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide rigorous introduction to the world of entrepreneurship and its financing needs that are synergistic with the business strategy of a new venture. The course discusses development of a business plan and, given such a plan, provides an analysis, assessment of the financing needs of the venture and development of a financing plan to provide the needed funding. In the process, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the question of enterprise valuation from the points of view of both the outside investor and the entrepreneur. Basically, this course is designed for a student who, at some point of time in his/her career, will get involved in a traditional entrepreneurial activity, either a startup, a significant expansion of an existing venture, or a large corporation as part of a corporate entrepreneurial activity building a new venture.

*Students without pre-requisite foundation courses may require additional credits.

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