The University of San Diego said on March 9 that it was enrolling students for a new graduate degree: a master of science in finance.

The university plans to enroll its first class in August. The program is scheduled to last 10 months, and course work will be grounded in the Chartered Financial Analyst curriculum.

USD will offer the degree through its School of Business Administration. Marko Svetina, an associate professor of finance who received his doctorate from Arizona State University, will direct the program.

The new program was “was developed in response to a marketplace need for more finance professionals with analytical skills and quantitative backgrounds,” Svetina said in a prepared statement.