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Masters of Financial Technology and Analytics

30 total credits | average 2 years to complete

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10 courses

Fall 2024

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Manage Industry Disruption as a Fintech Leader 

In today’s business climate, financial technology professionals need knowledge and skills beyond how to use the latest tech tools in order to be successful. They need a strategic mindset to prepare themselves for lifelong learning in this dynamic field. With the online Master of Financial Technology and Analytics graduate degree from Wake Forest University, you will experience a comprehensive and integrated curriculum to equip you with the tools to become a fintech leader in your industry. 

The Wake Forest School of Professional Studies is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the second-largest banking center in the nation. The program’s network includes leading fintech experts, practitioners, and faculty with decades of combined experience to ensure that the curriculum responds to market needs and expectations.

$332 billion

Global fintech industry’s worth in excess by 2028

Forecasted growth needed for financial technology professionals from 2021-2031

North Carolina residents are employed in the banking and financial services industries.

“I had a conversation with a client and was able to talk about some offerings at a higher level than I was three or four months ago, prior to starting the program. I am much more confident in my abilities to discuss these topics than I was before.”

— Aldo Palles, current MFTA student and Partner at Evercore Wealth Management

The People Behind the Program

To accelerate your career growth, reach your professional goals, and expand your network, we created a Programmatic Advisory Board (PAB) to bring knowledge from experts in the field into the classroom. These board members are committed to your academic excellence and keeping Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies graduates industry-competitive and globally impactful.

Core Courses

There are 9 required core courses including the Capstone. Students may also chose 1 elective.

There is no prescribed order for the courses, you may take them in the order that works for you when your selection is available.

  • Financial Technology Today

    Develop knowledge of the trends, innovations, and uncertainties in financial services. This course explores how fintech enhances industries supported by finance, including real estate and insurance. Learners will also discuss and assess the systems that support innovative technologies, including payment systems, personal banking, peer-to-peer lending, portfolio management, and more.
  • Decision Making & Risk Management

    Learn how to make decisions in an uncertain business environment. This course analyzes the many forms of risk in financial institutions, the drivers of risk, and techniques to mitigate risk. Learners will also gain an understanding of technology laws and regulations, including professional standards of practice, ethical conduct, privacy, and professional obligations, as well as the importance of corporate governance, social responsibility, independence, and integrity in financial decision-making.
  • Managing Disruption & Innovation

    Explore the forces of disruptive innovation in the finance industry. This course empowers learners to implement disruptive and innovative change through assessing new opportunities and threats, planning for disruption, and building a team and culture to implement change. In addition, learners will understand how agile techniques can ensure a responsive and adaptable organization.
  • Financial Analytics

    Gain an understanding of statistical techniques for business, economics, and finance and how to apply those techniques to decision-making. This course teaches how to analyze time-series data and evaluate risk-reward trade-off. Learners will use data analytics software, apply financial analytics in real-world situations, and use statistical and prediction models to analyze and address financial industry problems.
  • Visual Analytics & Influencing

    Develop a deeper knowledge of data visualization methods, techniques, and tools to facilitate and better understand complex data and models. This course explores topics such as cognition and visual perception, storytelling and dashboards, and other advanced data visualization tools. Learners will create meaningful displays of data to make decisions and review examples from real-world business cases where data visualization helps decision makers to make informed decisions.
  • Emerging Technology

    Survey some of the world’s emerging technological practices, including: blockchain, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, robo-advising, lending and payment systems, and other emerging financial technologies. This course will explore the role cryptography plays in securing blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. Learners will understand the scale, complexity, threats to, and solutions possible with cybersecurity, and analyze the opportunities and future directions for robo-advising and lending and payment systems.
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

    Explore the impact of machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence tools in finance. While learners will not engage in coding or the building of machine learning and AI tools, this course will cover the practical application of these tools to solve problems in asset management, corporate finance, and financial institution settings.
  • Data Management

    Develop a foundational understanding of databases, data management, and data mining. This course examines the importance of database development and data warehousing in business intelligence. Learners will explore the latest methods of transforming large amounts of data and how to interpret database structures for searches and reporting.
  • Capstone in Financial Technology & Analytics

    Integrate skills and knowledge developed throughout the program. In the capstone, learners will develop and implement a project in leadership, financial analytics, or emerging technology. They will also work on impactful case studies focused on leadership, financial analytics, or emerging technology.
  • Electives

    Students in the Financial Technology and Analytics graduate program may choose 1 elective.

    Electives can be taken at any time during the program when your selection is available.

  • Leadership & Change Management

    Explore the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to successfully undertake change. This course delves into the leadership principles, styles, frameworks, and skills required to guide, motivate, and direct teams. Learners will develop the ability to prepare, support, and assist individuals, teams, and organizations in organizational change.
  • Marketing Analytics and Data Visualization

    Learn best practices for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data to inspire positive action. This course teaches professionals to use analytical techniques and growing-edge software tools to generate marketing insights and to address marketing problem.
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

    Gain an understanding of the structure and functioning of US and international financial markets. This course covers related topics, including banking theory, the roles of traditional and non-traditional financial intermediaries, the impact of securitization, international financial competition, financial system stability and financial regulation.
  • Emerging Applications and Entrepreneurship

    Take a hands-on, case-study oriented approach to learning how to build a business that involves financial technologies on the horizon. This course immerses students in topics including opportunity identification, business model development, raising financing, building teams from the ground up, and nurturing new ventures. Learners will take an idea and explore how to successfully build a real product or service.