Academics

Gain 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

 

“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

Experience for the Real World

Consult for a real company

Work with a real company to help them solve a finance-related challenge.

Manage a portfolio in real time

Put your finance skills to the test by managing a portion of Maryland Smith's Global Equity Fund.

Prepare for certification exams

Prepare for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Management (FRM) exams.

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

Michelle Weinfeld

Master of Finance ’20

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.

Steve Heston

Inventor of the Heston model, a mathematical formula used to assess the volatility of an underlying asset. This model is so widely used by practitioners that it became a standard option pricing model on all Bloomberg terminals

Former vice president at Goldman Sachs

Renowned expert in asset management and international stock risk

Steve Heston

Albert "Pete" Kyle

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

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

Albert "Pete" Kyle

Liu Yang

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

Expert in mergers and acquisitions, investments, and corporate governance

Liu Yang

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FACULTY QUALITY

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RESEARCH, WORLDWIDE

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