Master of Arts in Finance Program Curriculum
The program consists of a rigorous set of courses in financial economics that fosters analytical and quantitative expertise. Students admitted to the Master of Arts program enroll in a set of four Master’s-level Finance courses each semester. Students admitted to the BA/MA combined degree program enroll in specific courses during their third and fourth years, as approved by the Director of the Graduate Program or the Dean of the Robert Day School.
is a mandatory, non-credit, two-week summer course which begins the program. The MA degree then requires eight courses – four in the fall and four in the spring.
are required for all students, and
is required for those who lack sufficient backgrounds in accounting. Remaining courses for each student are chosen based on background, interests and available slots.
Students in the graduate program must maintain at least a B- average (a GPA of 8) in order to remain in good academic standing at Claremont McKenna College and earn the MA degree. If a student earns a GPA below 8 in the fall semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. The degree will be granted only if the GPA at the end of the spring semester is at least 8. Further, students who earn any single grade of F will be dismissed from the program without earning the degree.
Fall courses are not offered in the spring, so there is no opportunity to retake or make up courses. Withdrawing from a course is the same as withdrawing from the program, although in special circumstances the student may be considered for readmission in a subsequent academic year. All eight of the student’s approved regular-session courses must be taken for a letter grade (the summer program is graded on a credit/no credit basis).