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Work with the world’s leading experts in asset management.

MF students learn to apply real-world solutions and practices through a rigorous, progressive curriculum, team-based learning, small classes, and hands-on problem-solving, including real-time data analysis using Bloomberg terminals.

Isenberg professors and faculty partners teach critical thinking and investing while focusing on all key aspects of asset management such as financial analysis, derivative strategies, hedge funds, private equity, risk management, venture capital, sustainable finance, emerging markets, real estate, and more. Students will complete a 10-course curriculum (30 credits) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Asset Management Curriculum with Choice of Two Tracks

Asset Management Core

MF Students are offered a rich selection of coursework in Asset Management taught by renowned Isenberg faculty experts. This coursework includes topics such as Quantitative Trading Strategies, Fixed Income Securities and Asset Allocation. Computational finance courses such as Business Application Development with Python and Data Science for Finance offer students highly functional and marketable skills.

MF students choose between two asset management tracks, Alternative Investments and Real Estate.


Alternative Investments Real Estate

The Master of Finance, with a specialization in Alternative Investments, prepares students for creating and growing wealth across a broad array of asset classes such as hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, commodities, and more. Faculty infuse theory with hands-on learning, and extend the classroom experience through industry partnerships with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) and the Journal of Alternative Investments (JAI).

The Master of Finance, Real Estate specialty includes practical, industry-relevant training to help prepare students for possible careers in Capital Markets, Development, Investment, Asset Management, Debt Lending, Advisory, Brokerage, and Corporate Services.  The courses are taught by a combination of research faculty and faculty with deep industry expertise, and incorporate strong modeling and Argus certification training. The student will benefit from a program that balances analytics, judgement, and practical decision-making.

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Master of Finance Curriculum
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4+1 Master's Degrees

4+1 Master's Degrees

Undergraduate students at UMass Amherst and other colleges in the Five College Consortium can pursue a 4+1 option, completing their undergraduate degree and their master's degree in 5 years. 

The 4+1 option can also be accelerated, allowing students to complete both their undergraduate and master's degrees in fewer than 5 years. Isenberg's Master of Finance, Master of Science in Accounting, and Master of Science in Business Analytics all offer this accelerated option.

Interested students should apply to a master's degree program in their junior year or early in their senior year.


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MF Faculty

MF Faculty

Carey Baldwin
Carey Baldwin
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Keith Black
Keith Black
Adjunct Faculty
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Jeffrey Clark
Jeffrey Clark
Lecturer, David Gaunt Faculty Fellow in Real Estate; M.Fin. Academic Program Director
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Simon Huang
Assistant Professor
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Nikunj Kapadia, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Professor of Finance
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Hossein B. Kazemi
Director, CISDM & Michael and Cheryl Philipp Endowed Professor
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Bing Liang
Bing Liang
Charles P. McQuaid Endowed Professor
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Wenting Ma
Wenting Ma
Assistant Professor
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Sanjay Nawalkha
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Mila Getmansky Sherman
Fuller and Meehan Endowed Professor, Associate Director of CISDM
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