The most common financial analyst Master’s degree is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which a Master of Science in Finance (MSc Finance) being a distant second. Since MBA degrees are so common nowadays, employers typically judge their value based on the university (i.e., a Harvard MBA is worth much more than a school you’ve not heard of). Another popular option among financial analysts is to pursue certification or accreditation, such as CFI’s Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA) designation. The program is 100% online and covers the most important financial analyst career skills such as strategic analysis, budgeting, forecasting, building Excel models, and creating presentations and dashboards.
Below is a break down of subject weightings in the FMVA™ financial analyst program. As you can see there is a heavy focus on financial modeling, finance, Excel, business valuation, budgeting/forecasting, PowerPoint presentations, accounting and business strategy.
A well rounded financial analyst possesses all of the above skills!
CFI is the global institution behind the financial modeling and valuation analyst FMVA™ Designation. CFI is on a mission to enable anyone to be a great financial analyst and have a great career path. In order to help you advance your career, CFI has compiled many resources to assist you along the path.
In order to become a great financial analyst, here are some more questions and answers for you to discover: