Finance vs. Financial Analysis – Which Program is Right for Me?

Financial Choice

If you’re considering studies in the field of finance, it may be difficult to know which degree program is the right fit for your goals. Drexel LeBow offers two graduate programs that provide specialized training in the realm of finance with key differences that provide more specialization.

See the chart below for a breakdown of each program.

Program Feature Finance Financial Analysis
STEM Designation – the STEM designation denotes that a given program has primarily math or science-based courses and is afforded to certain degrees by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Center for Education statistics. STEM – The finance degree is a STEM designated-program, providing students who do not have a background in business with the courses need to develop those skills within the program. Not STEM – the financial analysis degree program is designed to build on a background in business and provide a deeper understanding of key concepts covered in undergraduate coursework.
Credit Hours – program credit hours vary due to program type and credit qualifications. The finance degree has a 54-credit plan of study to accommodate the additional math courses necessary for specialization. The financial analysis degree offers 45-credit plan of study for faster completion and a focus on concepts covered in undergraduate study.
Duration – the additional coursework required by the finance program requires more time than the financial analysis degree. Full-time program can be completed in two years with a break between year one and two. Full-time program can be completed in one year.
Background – the major difference in the programs rely on your background in finance and education goals. With a finance degree, you can have an undergraduate degree in any discipline and enter the program. The financial analysis degree requires an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution.

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