2020 Graduate Outcomes
  • 54.7% average salary increase
  • 1.3 years average time to pay back investment
What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $37,500
Non-Georgia residents: $43,500
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

How long will it take?

12- and 16-months options are available.

Students typically attend class two nights per week. All classes are held on weeknights from 5:30-9:45 p.m., to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Where can I take classes?
Buckhead Center (200 Tower Place)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The Robinson College of Business reviews applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all required materials.

Students can enter the program in the fall.

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Finance, M.S.

Asia Rivers, program recruiter
arivers@gsu.edu
404-413-7296

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Robinson’s M.S. in Finance is a forward-looking program focusing on corporate finance, financial data analytics and fintech.

Through an innovative STEM-designated program, you will gain in-depth knowledge in corporate finance, valuation, and investment banking with fintech applications. You’ll also have the option to earn a fintech certificate with studio innovation experience.

Tackle Experiential Assignments

  • As part of Robinson’s FinTech Lab, you will collaborate with faculty and corporate partners to find solutions to complex problems using data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain tools.
  •  Examples of past experiential projects include:
    • Corporate lending: issue and maintain syndicated loans involving multiple banks on a blockchain
    • Crowd financing: raise and manage funds for startups through a blockchain
    • Prediction in financial markets: apply A.I. and machine learning tools to model and predict asset values and returns
    • Unstructured data in business: use machine learning to understand unstructured data such as texts and images, and help with business and investment decisions
    • Peer-to-peer insurance: build decentralized insurance solutions based on smart contracts
    • Real estate transactions: streamline various steps of real estate transactions on a blockchain
    • Digital assets: explore ownership, monetization, and transfer of assets on blockchains
  • Through our Bloomberg Service Terminals, you will monitor and analyze real-time financial market data. Through the Wharton Data Research Services database, you will access comprehensive data from public companies.

Get Face Time with Industry Leaders

  • Take a unique financial leadership course taught by a two-time Fortune 500 CFO who also provides one-on-one mentoring.
  • Attend frequent guest speaker series, leadership symposia, and networking events.
  • Connect with program alumni through networking and professional development events.
  • Interact with members of Robinson’s CFO Council.
  • Compete in case competitions, judged by finance professionals.

Program Highlights

1st among public universities in the Southeast and 12th in the nation

For 2020, TFE Times ranks the program 1st among public universities in the Southeast and 12th in the nation.

2020 Graduate Outcomes

  • 54.7% average salary increase
  • 1.3 years average time to pay back investment

Study in the FinTech Capital of the World

Atlanta is the FinTech capital of the world. Atlanta-based firms handle 70 percent of the credit, debit, and prepaid card sales in the nation, hence the city’s nickname, “Transaction Alley.” In the state of Georgia alone, more than 5,000 employment opportunities will emerge in this sector over the next few years. Our proximity to and relationship with leading technology companies as well as the composition of our faculty (instructors who hail from industry such as a two-time Fortune 500 CFO) makes Robinson the logical place to build a relevant skill set that will grab employers’ attention.

Robinson is part of the Georgia FinTech Academy, a talent development initiative offering students the experiences they need to prepare for jobs in the fintech sector.

Read What Employers Have to Say about Our Graduates

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

The program can be completed in 12 months (3 semesters) or 16 months (4 semesters).

Three-Semester Program of Study

Semester 1 (13 credit hours)

  • MBA 8135 – Corporate Finance
  • FI 8300 – Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FI 8090 – Financial Data Analytics
  • FI 8070 – Leading the Finance Function (1 credit hour)
  • FI 8462 – Blockchain Business Disruption

Semester 2 (12 credit hours)

  • FI 8000 – Valuation of Financial Assets
  • FI 8460 – Introduction to Fintech
  • FI 8092 – AI and Machine Learning Applications in Finance
  • FI 8320 – Corporate Financial Strategy

Semester 3 (5 credit hours)

  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking (3 hours)
  • *Choose remaining 2 credit hours from one of the following:
    FI 8060 – Current Issues in Finance (2 credit hours)
    OR
    Experiential Practicums (1-2 credit hours each) – 2 credit hours
  • FI 8391 – Internship/CPT
  • FI 8387 – Financial Data Analytics Experience
  • FI 8388 – FinTech Experience
  • FI 8389 – Directed Readings in Finance

*Subject to approval by the program director

Four-Semester Program of Study

Semester 1 (10 credit hours)

  • MBA 8135 – Corporate Finance
  • FI 8300 – Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FI 8090 – Financial Data Analytics
  • FI 8070 – Leading the Finance Function (1 credit hour)

Semester 2 (9 credit hours)

  • FI 8000 – Valuation of Financial Assets
  • FI 8460 – Introduction to Fintech
  • FI 8092 – AI and Machine Learning Applications in Finance

Semester 3 (5 credit hours)

  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking (3 hours)
  • *Choose remaining 2 credit hours from one of the following:
    FI 8060 – Current Issues in Finance (2 credit hours)
    OR
    Experiential Practicums (1-2 credit hours each) – 2 credit hours
  • FI 8391 – Internship/CPT
  • FI 8387 – Financial Data Analytics Experience
  • FI 8388 – FinTech Experience
  • FI 8389 – Directed Readings in Finance

Semester 4 (6 credit hours)

  • FI 8462 – Blockchain Business Disruption
  • FI 8320 – Corporate Financial Strategy

*Subject to approval by the program director

Students may also take courses from related areas (for example, data analytics, accounting, commercial real estate, etc.) subject to approval by the program director.

Georgia residents: $37,500
Non-Georgia residents: $43,500
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Financial Aid

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Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are available to offset program costs. Below, see a table that breaks down the cost of tuition after a GRA position is secured.

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Loans

You will be paired with a Graduate Student Experience professional who stays on top of the extracurricular programming that will enhance your academic journey and propel your career. Activities include boot camps on topics that are relevant to your field, professional workshops, networking events, recruiting fairs, and meet-and-greets intended to create camaraderie with your peers.

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The Master of Science in Finance is ideally suited for accounting, finance, banking, asset management, and wealth management professionals seeking to augment their professional expertise, or students with an analytical background who wish to build expertise in finance. The program focuses on developing students’ financial leadership skills with innovative fintech applications.

Not Ready to Take the Plunge?
Dip in Now, Dive in Later.

Check out our Graduate Certificate in Fintech Innovation. The program requires a fraction of the time and cost. Plus, you can apply your credits to an M.S. in Finance at Robinson later down the road.

Ross Cado is doing just that. The skills he builds through the fintech certificate will help him advance past his role as a legal billing coordinator at Warner Media.

“I can dip my toe back in the water of academia and earn a credential that isn’t too hefty of an investment,” he said. “And since Atlanta is a hub for financial technology, the certificate will help me advance my career here in town.”

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Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies including Amazon, Bank of America, Deloitte, Delta, EY, Georgia-Pacific, The Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Koch, NCR, Office Depot, Synovus, and Truist.

Our 2020 graduates reported a 54.7% average salary increase, enabling them to pay back their investment in graduate school within 1.3 years.

Receive One-on-One Career Support Throughout the Program

Robinson’s alumni network is massive, with more than 70,000 graduates contributing to the success of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and nonprofits across the world. Many of our alumni give back to the college through mentoring programs, speaker events, and recruiting opportunities. By enrolling in one of the largest business schools in the country, you will join a huge alumni network that likely will impact your career now and down the road.

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

audit staff

director of finance

marketing specialist

quantitative modeling analyst

senior financial analyst

trader

Meet Your Faculty

Vikas Agarwal

Bank of America Distinguished Chair

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Program Director, M.S. in Finance

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Associate Professor

Retired CFO, Univar Solutions

Clinical Associate Professor; Co-editor, Journal of Financial Education

Clinical Associate Professor

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Distinguished University Professor

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Assistant Professor

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SunTrust Professor of Capital Markets

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Associate Professor

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Associate Professor

Program Stories

Blake PhillipsFrom the Weight Room to Wall Street
M.S. in Finance alumnus Blake Phillips went from being a personal trainer who knows nothing about finance to an investment banking analyst at Truist Securities—a coveted position that kids from Ivy League schools typically land.
Baozhong Yang Appointed H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Chair in Finance
Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business announces the appointment of Baozhong Yang to the H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Chair in Finance. Yang is an associate professor of finance and director of Robinson’s FinTech Lab.
Georgia State to Offer Graduate Certificates in AI Business Innovation, Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Fintech Innovation
Beginning in January 2021, Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business will admit new students to three stand-alone graduate certificate programs that address current and emerging market demand for innovation.

Contacts

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
Set up an appointment with your recruiter

Asia Rivers, program recruiter
404-413-7296
arivers@gsu.edu

Rasha Ashraf, program director
404-413-7348
rashraf@gsu.edu

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