Finance Degree

Gain a solid foundation in the principles of finance, becoming well informed of topics critical to financial planning, implementation, measurement, and investment.

Key learning outcomes

Through the master's degree in the field of finance you:

  • Gain an understanding of core elements of organizational finance decisions, including accounting and financial statement analysis, principles of finance, investments, corporate finance, and business evaluations.
  • Build advanced knowledge of economic theory, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, international markets, and risk management.
  • Develop quantitative and problem-solving skills in resolving complex financial decisions through a local, regional, and global lens.

Program Overview

The degree includes 12 courses (48 credits), at least four (16 credits) taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, January, spring, or summer. You are required to take at least 16 credits (roughly four courses) on campus as part of your degree. Short, intensive on-campus options are available.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Finance.

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Degree Course Listings

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Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $30,600.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.