M.S. in Finance & Investment Management Program Overview

The UNCW 100% online Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management (MSF) program is one of the only programs of its kind in the nation. Designed to prepare you for high-level positions in financial management, investment banking, or investment management, this program is tailored to closely align with CFA Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge (CFA®CBOK). You will build a working familiarity with the CFA®Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Asset Manager Code of Conduct and Research Objectivity Guidelines. Benefit from advanced tools that deepen your understanding of methods applied by investment professionals.

Program Objectives

In our MSF online program, you will:

  • Develop a working understanding of the Chartered Financial Analyst Candidate Body of Knowledge (CFA® CBOK) and reduce the amount of preparation necessary to sit for the CFA®exam
  • Acquire a working familiarity with CFA Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Asset Manager Code of Conduct and Research Objectivity Guidelines through case studies and real-world analysis
  • Learn multiple approaches to equity valuation
  • Understand alternative investment assets including hedge funds, private equity, commodities, real estate and infrastructure
  • Develop expertise in financial statement analysis and the tools used to evaluate a firm's financial health.
  • Gain skills in portfolio management and wealth planning, including portfolio construction, asset allocation, risk management, and performance monitoring

Courses Include:

Ethics in the Financial Marketplace; Equity Investments; Economics for Finance Professionals; Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning; Quantitative Investment Analysis; and more. Learn to interpret, assess and tackle challenging real-world situations with integrity in your capstone course, Ethics in Decision Making.


  • Can be completed full-time in as few as 12 months
  • This fully online program is designed specifically for the working professional and requires no residencies
  • This degree's curriculum follows the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), increasing the likelihood of passing for those intending to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst® exam
  • The GMAT/GRE is waived for those individuals who have passed Level 1 of the CFA® Exam
  • Is the only program of its kind offered in North Carolina


  • Full-time or part-time program
  • Online coursework and lectures
  • 30 credit hours / 10 courses
  • Courses are broken up into 7-week sessions
  • 6 convenient entry points throughout the year with a flexible course sequence