The Master of Science in Management-Finance (MSM-Finance) program is led by the world-class faculty who teach in our highly-regarded undergraduate finance program (ranked first in the U.S. by Businessweek in 2010 and 2012). The program provides students with a solid foundation in finance and gives them the opportunity to apply key concepts and theory both in the classroom and outside of it through hands-on projects and internships.
Weatherhead's Cleveland location is the ideal place to seek internships and jobs within the banking and finance sector; our city is home to prominent employers including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and KeyCorp's headquarters. And faculty members, dedicated career management staff, and the MSM-Finance program manager work directly with students to ensure they are prepared and ready for their career. Contact Program Manager Julie Gutheil to learn more.
Is This Program Right for Me?
While many MSM-Finance degrees focus on quantitative skills, Weatherhead's distinctive program prepares students to make immediate and skilled contributions to corporation finance, financial modeling, valuation, risk management and corporate consulting.
The MSM-Finance program is 30-credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as two semesters. The program offers the flexibility of staying longer and taking additional electives, having a capstone project experience, and the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities on a competitive basis during the summer break, to reinforce learning. Thus, the program can be completed in 9, 12, 16, or 21 months, such that you can tailor the pace with which you move through the program to suit your own professional development goals. You can transition right into our master's program after completing your undergraduate degree. No work experience is needed. Typical undergraduate majors include business, economics, physics, biology, accounting, engineering and math.
Lessons learned in our MSM-Finance program go beyond quantitative skills. Students gain a solid background in focused financial theory and often gain a network of regional, national and international business contacts. When asked what life skills they'll take away from the program, graduating MSM-Finance students often mention that they learned how to:
- Speak and understand the language of business
- Pitch an idea
- Work effectively with superiors, co-workers and groups
- Manage time more effectively
- Take feedback and deal with pressure and frustration
- Write effectively in the business environment
Students also stated that they learned:
- Finance can be more of an art than an exact science
- Stories are as important as numbers
- Creating good first impressions are key
- Simply crunching numbers is not enough; conceptual understanding is key
- The big picture comes before details: It's important to exercise common sense when looking at numbers
Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to pursue a number of exciting career opportunities in investment banking, corporation finance, risk management, banking, private equity, investment management and corporate advising.
Consider a Double Degree
The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the School of Economics and Management at Tongji University in Shanghai (SEM-Tongji) have jointly developed a dual-degree program offering both the MSM-Finance degree from Weatherhead and the MBA degree from SEM-Tongji. The program, designed for part-time students and offering classes outside normal working hours, may be completed in just five semesters, but students must complete the program within five years.