Ambitious finance professionals have a new opportunity to expand their skills and credentials with American University of Sharjah (AUS) announcing the launch of a new Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program. The university is now accepting applications for the program, with the first cohort of students to begin classes this coming fall semester.
The MSF is the 15th master’s program to be offered by AUS, and the third through the university’s School of Business Administration (SBA). The School’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting are much respected by the region’s business and academic communities. QS World University Subject Rankings has named AUS the top in the Middle East for business and management studies, and Bloomberg has accorded AUS Experiential Learning Partner status, with AUS being the only university in the region to receive such an honor. In addition, SBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Of around the 15,000 business schools worldwide, only 840 have achieved this accreditation. AUS is licensed and its programs – including the new MSF – are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has also been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.
The new MSF program will give those working in finance the opportunity to develop their career or pursue a pathway into academia, with graduates of the degree who have pursued the thesis track being qualified to enter a PhD program in a finance-related field. The program has been carefully developed to respond to the needs of today’s global finance industry, with students of the program well prepared to sit the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. Key learning areas of the program have been mapped to employer and industry needs, covering topics such as the evaluation and management of investment risk, pricing of financial assets and securities, alternative financing and financial modelling.
Dr. Narjess Boubakri, Dean of the School of Business Administration, says of the new program:
“We know that the finance industry is highly competitive and highly mobile, so we have worked with academic and industry experts to ensure that this program gives participants a distinct advantage. AUS’ accreditation and its international reputation mean that the MSF is recognized by employers and universities the world over. This degree will set graduates on the path to taking their future wherever they want to go.”