Investment Management and Financial Analysis (MIMFA)

Propel your career in finance.

If you’re seeking an advanced career in investments, portfolio management or security analysis, you probably already know that a graduate business degree is essential to reaching your goals.

Creighton University’s Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (MIMFA) is more than a degree – it will help prepare you for a successful career in finance and set you apart from your peers.

This program is best suited for those looking to advance their careers in the challenging field of investments, security analysis and portfolio management – or for those seeking to make a transition into the field.

Your future in investments is bright.

Creighton’s Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis can help give you an edge in the highly competitive field of investments, security analysis and portfolio management.

Employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 12 percent by 2024, and specific industries – including portfolio management – are projected to grow more than 30 percent. 

Median hourly earnings for financial analysts – at $38.61 – are much higher than other occupations in business and financial operations.

As the industry continues to grow, candidates with a master’s degree will have a distinct edge in competing for the industry’s top positions – 36 percent of financial analysts in today’s market have a master’s degree.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2017

Study in a way that makes sense for you.

Creighton’s Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis is available online or on campus. You can choose the format that best meets your educational needs and schedule.

Students in this program come from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. Many of our students are juggling school, a full-time job, a family and more – these students greatly appreciate the flexibility of our online program. Some students prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting and choose to study on campus. And still other students enjoy taking a combination of online and on-campus classes.

No matter which format you choose, you’ll be immersed in a highly relevant, practice-based curriculum delivered by top-notch instructors.

Gain a competitive edge with a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program.

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) credential is a widely regarded investment management credential and is the professional standard of choice for more than 31,000 investment firms worldwide.

To earn your CFA designation, you must pass a series of three exams. Exams are difficult and require a great deal of study to pass – candidates report spending more than 300 hours studying per exam level, according to the CFA Institute.

Creighton’s Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis is proud to be one of a small number of graduate programs in the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Program.

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To achieve this recognition, a graduate program must cover at least 70 percent of each level of CFA exam material. Our classes are designed around CFA exam content. Instead of studying to pass the exams, you’ll be immersed in the program content and will likely learn the material much better than if you were to study on your own. Topics of study include:

  • Ethics and professional standards
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Portfolio management and performance measurement
  • Risk management
  • Security analysis

All MIMFA faculty members have earned their CFA credential and are a highly valued resource to students interested in pursuing a CFA.

Do I have to go on to earn my CFA designation if I enroll in this program?

No! The Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis is available to any student who meets admission requirements. Many of our students do not have plans to sit for any of the CFA exams, but value the practitioner-based investment focus of our classes.

CFA Institute®, CFA and Chartered Financial Analyst are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Curriculum

Coursework for this program is designed to provide a focused and in-depth study of the field of investments and portfolio management. The coursework includes nine required classes and one elective, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Core Courses

  • Ethics & Professional Standards
  • Fixed Income & Derivatives I
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Financial Statement Analysis I
  • Economics of Investment Management
  • Equity Analysis
  • Fixed Income & Derivatives II
  • Financial Statement Analysis II
  • Portfolio Management
     

Electives

  • Corporate Finance
  • Asset Management within a Portfolio Context
     

The program elective may be selected from additional MIMFA offerings or MBA offerings with approval from the program director.

View course catalog and program goals.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business from an accredited institution or Bachelor’s degree in another field and significant work experience in finance
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • An acceptable GMAT score (GMAT waivers are available in certain cases)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • $50 application fee
     

International Students

  • All students from countries in which English is not the native language must demonstrate competence in English by a score of 577 on the TOEFL exam or 90 on the TOEFL iBT.
  • The IELTS may be substituted for the TOEFL provided an applicant’s overall band score is 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.
  • International applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Australia, New Zealand or Africa (English speaking only) are not required to submit a TOEFL score.
  • All international applicants who are formally admitted must provide a “Certification of Available Finances” form in order for the I-20 form to be issued by the Global Engagement Office.
     

Prerequisites
Students entering the Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis must have completed a course in each of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business statistics
     

Conditional Admission
Students can apply for conditional admission status, which allows you to take up to six credit hours of coursework before finalizing your formal application. This is a great option for those who haven’t yet taken the GMAT and/or have not met the statistics requirement.

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
402.280.2731

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Scholarships

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Program Start Dates
June, August, October, January, March

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Application materials must be received at least two weeks prior to your intended start date.

Dual Degree Options

Dual Degree: Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis + Master of Business Administration (MIMFA + MBA)

If you’re looking to enhance your business and leadership skills in addition to your finance skills, our MIMFA + MBA dual degree is a great option for you. You can complete both master’s degrees in much less time than if you were to pursue the two degrees separately – saving you time and money.

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