Advance Your Career in Investment Management

The Master of Science in Financial Management (MSFM) concentration in Investment Analysis at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed for professionals already working in, or seeking positions in, investment research, risk management, security selection, and portfolio management. The Investment Analysis concentration will provide you with in-depth knowledge of investment strategies, asset valuation, and investment management, preparing you to excel at a variety of careers in finance involving analysis and valuation of financial assets as well as risk management.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program
  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months to Completion
  • 7 Core Faculty
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $35,140–$38,500

*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.

Explore the Key Elements of Investment

BU MET’s Investment Analysis concentration in the MSFM explores the overall investment process as well as the key elements involved, such as asset allocation and security selection. Along with obtaining a basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities, such as options and futures contracts, you will also learn about services provided by mutual funds and be able to construct portfolios with different risk levels.

The concentration in Investment Analysis provides an opportunity to learn sophisticated portfolio management approaches, including quantitative techniques for portfolio optimization and rebalancing. You will apply analytical methodologies within the overall investment process and utilize the critical elements, such as asset allocation and security selection, including specialized portfolios like ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) focused investments. Along with learning about services provided by mutual funds and developing the ability to construct portfolios with different risk levels, you will learn how to value a firm using constant growth or multistage dividend discount models, financial statements, and financial ratio analysis.

BU MET is also a participant in the Chartered Financial Analyst® Institute University Affiliation Program. The Financial Management master’s degree curriculum embeds a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and covers the Standards of Practice Handbook, offering excellent preparation for the internationally recognized CFA® Program exams. In addition, scholarships for the CFA Program exam are available to enrolled students.

The online Financial Management master’s is ranked #20 among the Best Online Master’s in Finance Programs by Intelligent Report 2022, and recognized for Best Assistantships.
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“My favorite course was Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (MET AD 717), because it is so useful for finance practitioners in a variety of positions, and I believe it will help me earn my CFA certification. Even though I have finished the course, I continue to study it deeply. It involved knowledge of financial institutions, equity evaluation, fixed income analysis, and portfolio management for financial institutions and high net-worth individuals. I used much of what I learned in this course during my summer internship. One of my responsibilities was to develop and implement investment strategies for clients. My senior manager was satisfied with my work writing an IPS (Investment Policy Statement) and strategizing asset allocation and portfolio management plans for clients.”Rui Wang (MET’19), MS in Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis

Why BU’s Financial Management Degree is Ranked in the Top 10

  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Financial Management program focuses on practical, hands-on education, ensuring you are immersed in all aspects of financial management and related research—education you can apply on the job.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Financial Management master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as international finance, financial analysis, portfolio management, systemic risk analysis, investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, economics, financial markets and institutions, and more.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of finance alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • Exam Preparation: As a participant in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, the MS in Financial Management curriculum provides excellent preparation for the CFA Program exams. Scholarships for the CFA Program exam are available to enrolled students.
  • Waivers for CFA Charterholders: Upon acceptance into the MS in Financial Management program, CFA Charterholders may waive two courses (8 credits), including Corporate Finance (MET AD 731) and one elective course, enabling them to earn the degree by completing just 32 credits.
  • Complimentary Analytics Labs: Two levels of self-paced analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
  • OPT Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Concepts of Investment Analysis

The Investment Analysis concentration is part of BU MET’s MS in Financial Management (MSFM) degree program. The MSFM expands upon classic theory taught in traditional MBA courses, providing the insights, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to solve problems in today’s changing financial landscape.

Graduate with Finance Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Financial Management master’s degree concentration in Investment Analysis will equip you with:

  • Proficiency in constructing and managing investment portfolios with different risk levels, and quantitatively assessing and adjusting portfolio risk-return profiles.
  • The ability to apply mathematical and statistical modeling in financial analytics in the context of equity and fixed income portfolios.
  • Mastery in forecasting techniques to the analysis of macroeconomic factors and monetary and fiscal policy effects on security selection and portfolio evaluation.
  • Comprehension and quantitative evaluation of derivative instruments to assess their role in portfolio risk adjustment and risk hedging to reduce portfolio volatility.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform data organization, analysis, and visualization for domestic and global portfolio management.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Financial Management with a concentration in Investment Analysis by completing the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance and the Graduate Certificate in Investment Analysis, plus two courses selected from the MSFM general electives. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about these options.

A total 40 credits is required.

Students must complete the degree core courses, Investment Analysis concentration requirements, and electives. CFA Charterholders may waive two courses (8 credits), including Corporate Finance (MET AD 731) and one elective course.

Degree Core Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Investment Analysis Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

Plus one of the following:

General Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

Select two from the following list:

Or choose any other graduate-level course selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

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Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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