The McDonough school at Georgetown University is to launch a Masters in Finance (MSF) degree from January 2014. The programme will be the first online degree offered by the Washington DC school.

The announcement brings together two of the business school world’s emerging trends: the launch of online degrees; and the interest in specialised masters programmes for the finance and accounting sector, as applications to MBA programmes fall.

The programme, which will begin in January 2014, will enable students to participate from anywhere in the world, using Georgetown’s technology platform, which was developed with Deltak, part of Wiley Global Education.

The programme will involve the same small class teaching that is available on campus – unlike Moocs (massive open online courses) where there can be thousands of participants. Allan Eberhart, programme director for the MSF says that students participate in “an interactive educational experience that is based on a dynamic learning management system and synchronous teaching sessions.”

Earlier this week McDonough’s neighbour, the Smith school at the University of Maryland, announced that it was launching a largely online Executive MBA programme.

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