The Virginia Commonwealth University Masters in Finance program is one of those MSF’s that it seems like I wrote about once, briefly, ages ago and never updated. I think this is unfair to all of you looking and considering various programs so I will use this post as a refreshed overview of the VCU degree as a whole.
This is a 30 credit hour MSF program with 12 required classes – Financial Modeling and Analysis, Cases in Financial Management, Financial Management of Financial Institutions, Financial Management, and Investments and Security Analysis. The rest of the classes are electives and allow students to focus their education how they deem fit.
Classes are available in the evening, and the degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. This should be enticing for working professionals or anyone who wants to intern during the day and take classes at night.
The application process is fairly standard. GMAT/GRE are optional. You need resume, essay, transcripts. The website mentions you can transfer in a number of credit hours. A good option if you are trying to keep costs down. The application deadlines are below:
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: Nov. 1
- Summer (domestic applicants only): March 1
Tuition for the MSF program are as follows:
- Full-time (9-15 credits): $8,075
- Part-time per credit hour (1-8 credits): $853 ($2,559 per 3-credit course)
- Full-time: $15,287
- Part-time per credit hour (1-8 credits): $1,646 ($4,938 per 3-credit course)
Not a ton of career or placement information on the website. They do list some employers where graduates have found work – Morgan Stanley, Ford, Virginia Retirement System, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Truist. I have no doubt there are many more. Richmond is a vibrant southern city and there is a good amount of banking and government in the Virginia area.
That is the update for now. Little more information than my first post years ago. If you are looking to work and live in the Virginia area this might be a program to consider. I’ve been to Richmond before and it is a nice place to go to college and maybe even work.
Here is a link to the Virginia Commonwealth University Masters in Finance Program