2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Master of Arts in Finance

The Graduate Program of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College offers a one-year Master of Arts in Finance degree program for graduates of the Claremont Colleges and small number of nominating partner institutions. This unique program of study provides a premier postgraduate education in financial economics that builds on the fundamental elements of a liberal arts education.

The rigorous and intensive ten-month program includes coursework in corporate finance, investments, accounting and related electives designed to foster analytical and quantitative expertise. Students who complete the graduate program enter the workplace with a deep knowledge of financial economics.


Prerequisites for the master’s program include intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and statistics. When appropriate, the admissions committee reviews the syllabi of courses completed outside of Claremont McKenna College to ensure academic equivalency.

The Program

The graduate year begins with a two-week intensive review of applied finance and related areas. Throughout the year, Robert Day Scholars attend special events on and off campus, take customized communication-focused workshops, and otherwise build on the skills and knowledge they get from the classroom.

 Contact the Director of the Robert Day Scholars Program for more information. 

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes of the Master of Arts in Finance Program

Learning Goals

The learning goals of the Master of Arts in Finance program include:

  1. Produce leaders with strong analytical and financial decision-making skills.
  2. Ensure that students understand the theory and application of financial economics, including an appreciation of the uses and limitations of available data..
  3. Develop superior oral and written communication skills appropriate for audiences of various types.
  4. Provide a solid foundation in ethical standards for financial decision makers and leaders in finance.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes in the required and elective courses include:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of corporate finance.
  2. Perform financial statement analysis and corporate valuation for informing business decisions.
  3. Develop a thorough grounding of asset pricing and portfolio management.
  4. Present research and analysis in a logical and coherent manner in both oral and written form.


Primary Contact: Professor Eric Hughson, Program Coordinator