Graduate Admission

Master of Financial Analysis

Our master of financial analysis (MFinA) program positions you for higher salaries and quicker advancement in:

  • Investment firms
  • Wealth management firms
  • Financial institutions
  • CPA firms
  • Corporate accounting and finance departments
  • Other business enterprises

In as short a period as one year, you’ll master a range of technical and soft skills through our innovative core curriculum. You’ll integrate data analytics into financial decision-making and accounting, understand the latest advances in portfolio management and financial statement analysis, and be ready for the ever-changing regulatory and professional environments.

The MFinA coursework consists of six core courses and four elective courses. You choose elective courses based on your desired career path:

  • Certified financial planner (CFP)
  • Chartered financial analyst (CFA)
  • Certified public accountant (CPA)

  • Data Management and Analytics
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
  • Modern Portfolio Management: Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking
  • Financial Regulation and Professional Responsibilities
  • Behavioral Finance and Professional Relationships
  • Integrated Financial Analysis and Strategy

  • Wealth Management, Financial Planning and Personal Hedging Strategy (CFP/CFA)
  • Advanced Corporate Finance (CFA)
  • International Accounting and Finance (CFA/CPA)
  • Advanced Tax Planning and Tax Research (CFP/CPA)
  • Emerging Assurance Technologies (CPA)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (CFA/CFP)
  • Advanced Derivatives Analysis (CFA)
  • Cybersecurity for Finance and Accounting Professionals (CFA/CPA/CFP)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a business field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and must have completed Microeconomics, Intermediate Accounting, Tax Fundamentals, Corporate Finance and Principles of Investment prior to starting the program. Non-business applicants may be required to complete additional coursework.

If you have already met, or will meet the above requirements prior to starting the program, please click below to apply. We will process your application after you pay the $65 application fee through the link provided in the application, and after you provide the following:

  • Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Rates (only if seeking in-state tuition)
  • A personal statement of no more than two pages long describing your reasons for applying to the program
  • An interview, either in-person or virtual
  • Official transcript(s) from institution(s) awarding the baccalaureate degree(s) (not required of Christopher Newport graduates)
  • Official transcript(s) for all graduate work taken at other institutions
  • The names and email addresses of two recommenders, one a faculty member and one either a faculty member or an employer (a reference letter alone is not adequate); if a professor or reference requests a printed Recommendation Form, please contact
  • GMAT scores* (GMAT requirement is waived for students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 from a regionally accredited university or college)
  • Resume (email as a .pdf to; please be sure to highlight your work experience and/or completion of an internship in accounting or finance
  • If your undergraduate degree is from a non-U.S. institution, you must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores

* We have waived the GMAT requirement for fall 2020 MFinA applicants who would have been required to take the test.

Financial Matters

Information about tuition and fees is available at

If you are accepted, you must pay a $500 deposit within 30 days from the date of your acceptance letter in order to reserve your spot. The deposit will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.

Several forms of financial assistance are available for students enrolled in the program. Scholarships will be available and awarded based on your application materials and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA by May 1, 2020 to be considered for scholarships. Recipients will be notified prior to the start of the fall semester.

One or more graduate assistantships (GA) will be awarded. Information regarding the GA application process will be sent to all accepted students after January 31, 2020. Other graduate student aid options are available. Please email the Office of Financial Aid at or visit them in Christopher Newport Hall 107 for information or assistance.

Non-Degree-Seeking Applicants

If you are interested in taking courses in this program as a non-degree-seeking student, please complete the online Application for Admission to Graduate Study, pay the $65 application fee, and provide the following:

  • Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Rates, only if seeking entitlement to in-state tuition rate privileges
  • Official transcript(s) from institution(s) awarding the baccalaureate degree(s) (not required of CNU graduates)
  • Official transcript(s) for all graduate work taken at other institutions

For questions pertaining to the application process or the status of your application, please email For questions about the program, please email

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