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Ranked #14
Ranked #14 MFE by the Financial Times (2016)

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No GRE/GMAT required for qualified applicants

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Prepare yourself for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)® certification

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Today’s employers seek finance professionals who understand the links between the economy and financial markets; professionals who are adept at forecasting potential impacts and timing investments for maximum return. This is the level of expertise you can acquire with the Ohio University online master’s in financial economics.

Why Choose the Ohio University Online Master’s in Financial Economics?

Our specialized program is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program. That’s why students who complete our MFE program perform well above the national average when it comes to passing the Chartered Financial Analyst exams. It’s an important distinction when you’re deciding which online Master of Financial Economics degree is right for you.

The MFE is offered jointly by Ohio University’s Economics Department and the College of Business, one of the nation’s top 50 business schools, according to Businessweek. Our program plan is also based on conversations with executives from Merrill Lynch, Investment Management & Research Inc., Franklin Advisors, and National City Corp.

AACSB Accredited

Ohio University’s College of Business is AACSB accredited, an esteemed designation held by only 5% of business schools worldwide.

Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

University Affiliation Program CFA Institute®

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The MFE program at Ohio University provides a wide range of knowledge and at the same time it prepares the student for CF exams and I checked their curriculum and I was really excited about how it can help me to pursue CFA beside having a master’s degree for the MFE if if you’re looking to do the CFA and you may not have as much experience in certain topics then the MFE program is without a doubt a great way to get that experience I picked the Masters of financial economics because it was going to put me in the best position to complete the Chartered Financial Analysts designation successfully on the first time.

More than 70% of the curriculum is based on the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK™) developed by the CFA® Institute. Unlike an online master’s in finance, our MFE program places emphasis on the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standard Practices, with a focus on the concepts and skills covered by the Chartered Financial Analyst examination.

Foundation Courses

Providing the basis for future coursework, with an emphasis on understanding the dynamic relationship between the economy and financial markets.

MFE 6000Quantitative Analysis for Financial Markets Credits
MFE 6010Macroeconomics and Business Fluctuations Credits
MFE 6100Managerial Accounting Credits
MFE 6110Financial Statement Analysis Credits

Core Courses

Cementing knowledge gained by applying complex financial concepts and theories to business, trade, and investment scenarios.

MFE 6050Managerial Economics Credits
MFE 6200Corporate Finance Credits
MFE 6230Portfolio Theory Credits
MFE 6390Statistics and Econometrics: Theory and Application Credits
MFE 6400International Trade and Financial Economics Credits
MFE 6500Fixed Income Analysis Credits

Advanced Coursework

Comprising the pinnacle of MFE study, including a research topic of your choice related to financial economics under the supervision of a faculty member.

MFE 6220Quantitative Analysis in Equity Markets Credits
MFE 6440Financial Derivatives Credits
MFE 6940Research Credits

Meet The Faculty

Be guided by passionate professors who are experts in their fields. Committed to sharing their breadth of relevant knowledge and industry experience, our faculty fuels our dynamic online learning environment.

Read more about their research and work below, starting with our online MFE Program Director, Dr. Khosrow Doroodian:

Is an MFE Right for You?

What about a Master of Finance Online?

When compared to an online master’s in finance, you’ll find that the MFE goes deeper into the knowledge base required for careers in the investment management sector, such as market-based economics, global influences on trading, and financial vehicles such as equities, bonds, futures, options, and interest rate swaps. The same can be said when stacking the MFE up against an online master’s in economics, which is primarily a study of economic theory.

How does the MFE compare to an MBA with a concentration in finance?

It’s important to remember that the MBA was originally designed to help managers run a business. The primary goal of the MFE is to train you to become a financial analyst, seeking employment in financial services. To this end, an MFE prepares you for the CFA exams and emphasizes the interaction between financial markets and economic environment.

Increase Your Value and Your Worth

What can you do with your online master’s in financial economics? On average, a Chartered Financial Analyst can earn 25% more than an MBA graduate with the same number of years of experience.

There is considerable demand for CFAs to serve a growing customer base at banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms. Each day 10,000 baby boomers retire, and they depend on investment advisors and managers to help ensure their financial health. That’s almost 4 million potential new clients every year.

The OHIO MFE offers a high placement rate, with entry-level, CFA-credentialed graduates earning starting salaries ranging from $60,000 to $90,000. MFE graduates with experience often earn more than six figures.

4 Million Potential New Clients Every Year
Chartered Financial Analysts Can Earn: 25% More than MBA Grads

Banks (Trust Departments)
Brokerage Firms
Hedge Funds
Insurance Companies
Investment Banks
Money Management Firms
Mutual Funds
Pension Funds
Private Corporations