Online Master of Financial Economics

Ohio University Online

Program Description
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Online Master of Financial Economics

Ohio University Online

Earn an even Bigger Return on your Educational Investment


Build career equity.

Did you know that CFA holders earn about 25% more than MBA holders? Choose us and learn from a curriculum that’s more than 70% based on the CFA Body of Knowledge (CBOK™). Study the interaction between financial markets and the economic environment. Explore the concepts of asset valuation, capital market strategy, and investment analysis, selection and timing. This is more than a degree. This is an opportunity to prepare for your Chartered Financial Analyst exams and become a CFA® charterholder.

Why Choose the Ohio University Online Master in Financial Economics?

Our specialized program is endorsed by the Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA®) Institute. 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. OnlineMFE103

Learn Specialized CFA® Coursework.

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. Bridge Courses Designed to give students a refresher on the basics of economics and finance, recapping what has been learned during bachelor’s degree study.

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Finance

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

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

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

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

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 6220 Quantitative Analysis in Equity Markets
  • MFE 6440 Financial Derivatives
  • MFE 6940 Financial Economics Report

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.

OnlineMFE102 What can you do with your online master 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.

Potential Employers for MFE Graduates

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

Industry Job Titles and Salary Ranges Equity Analyst
PayScale reports median salary of $69,518, with earnings ranging from $47,000 to $198,000. Financial Analyst
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median pay of $78,620 (2014), with the highest 10% earning more than $154,680. The profession has an estimated 12% growth rate through 2024. Financial Manager
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median pay of $115,320 (2014), with an estimated 7% growth rate through 2024. Investment Strategist
PayScale reports median pay of $92,432 (2016). Portfolio Manager
CNN/PayScale report median pay of $123,000, with top pay of $209,000. Portfolio Manager also ranks 12th on CNN/PayScale’s Best Jobs in America, with a 10-year growth rate of 27%. Chief Financial Officer
The pinnacle of achievement for a financial professional is reaching Chief Financial Officer status. PayScale reports median CFO pay of $121,942 (2016), with earnings ranging from $67,000 to $252,000. CFOs are also likely to receive significant bonuses and profit sharing in addition to base pay. In fact, rates median CFO salaries for 2016 at $304,596.

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