Top Online-only MSF Programs?

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Dear fellow chimps,

What are the top online-only Masters in Finance (MSF) programs out there?

Bearing in mind my unconventional background:
* Bachelors in Liberal Arts from no-name school. 4.0 GPA
* Passed CFA Level 1
* Landed a job as a buy-side analyst at hedge fund in NYC (through some raw networking), after 4 years as an analyst at a boutique research firm.

Basically I got into the buy-side through the back door. I would now like to complete an MSF degree to bring to the table some concentrated finance education on my resume.

So to qualify my question, what are the top online-only MSF programs out there, given my unique situation (non-finance bachelors and that I already have a job)?

The reason I am looking at online-only programs is because I am married with a kid and honestly I don't think that practically I can attend live classes at all, between my professional and family life.

Appreciate any input, thank you!

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Aug 2, 2018

I would forget about doing an online-only MSF program and just focus on passing the CFA exams and ultimately getting the charter.

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Aug 2, 2018

Thank you for the input. Just some follow-up q's:
1. So would you say that a CFA charter alone is enough to "overcome" a non-financial bachelors from an unimpressive school?
2. Assuming I get the CFA charter, would there then be any benefit to pursuing an MSF, as additional "insurance" to career?
I do plan on completing the CFA program. But if there is a benefit to adding a masters, I would rather get it out of the way earlier in my career than later...
Thank you!

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Aug 2, 2018
  1. In my opinion, yes. I would even say it provides more substantial finance education than an MSF degree does, and I think employers feel the same as well.
  2. If you do get the charter, then the MSF would be redundant.
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Aug 2, 2018

Georgetown is the best.

And while I think the CFA is more comprehensive than a MSF degree, it also takes at a minimum 3x as long to get and you need relevant work experience to actually get the charter.

An MSF is a great education, you get a new network and brand, and you can generally tailor what your focus is on.

Aug 2, 2018

Thank you! Could you please elaborate on the merits of Georgetown?

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Aug 2, 2018