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Innovations in financial markets, institutions, and securities present significant opportunities and challenges to financial managers on a daily basis. The Master of Science in Finance is a highly focused program designed to equip professionals with the advanced knowledge and cutting-edge analytical tools they need to successfully navigate today’s financial markets. The 30-credit program is ideal for professionals interested in upgrading their technical training and knowledge in finance as well as for individuals with strong quantitative skills seeking a career change. Students interested in taking the CFA or FRM certification exams can significantly cut the need for additional preparation by taking the appropriate electives. The program can also serve as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in finance or a related field.


Course TitleCredits
Required for all MS Students*
Business Communication I1.5 credits
Program specific, 1.5 credit equivalent business communication instruction approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

Preliminary Courses (0-12 Credits)**

Students with appropriate academic background will be able to reduce the number of credits in preliminary requirements.

Financial Accounting3 credits
Fundamentals of Microeconomics1.5 credits
Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Tools for Finance3 credits
Financial Decision Making3 credits
Required Courses (9 credits)
Corporate Financial Theory and Applications 
Managerial Finance*3 credits
Quantitative Tools for Finance 
Econometrics: Theory and Applications I*3 credits
Investment Theory and Applications 
Investment Analysis*3 credits
*Not open to students in the cohort format.

Electives    (21 credits)***

Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy3 credits

Econometrics - Theory and Applications II3 credits

Technical Analysis3 credits
Mergers and Acquisitions3 credits
Entrepreneurial Finance3 credits
Real Estate Finance3 credits
Futures and Forward Markets3 credits
Management of Financial Institutions3 credits
Financial Markets and Intermediaries3 credits
International Finance Markets3 credits
International Corporate Finance3 credits
Equity Markets: Trading and Structure3 credits
Seminar in Finance3 credits
Advanced Managerial Finance3 credits
Advanced Investment Analysis3 credits
Debt Instruments and Markets3 credits
 Options Markets 3 credits
Classical Foundations of Financial Risk Management1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Market Risk I1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Market Risk II1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Credit Risk I1.5 credits
 Measurement and Management of Credit Risk II 1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Risks in Operations and Information Technology1.5 credits
Measurement and Management of Risks in Investments1.5 credits
Implications of Corporate Governance, Regulation, and Ethics of Risk Management1.5 credits
International Finance Markets1.5 credits
Debt Securities1.5 credits
Futures and Forwards1.5 credits
Options1.5 credits
Venture Capital1.5 credits
Special Topics in Investments1 credit
Special Topics in Investments1.5 credits
Special Topics in Investments2 credits
Special Topics in Investments3 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance1 credit
Special Topics in Corporate Finance1.5 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance2 credits
Special Topics in Corporate Finance3 credits
Risk Management in Financial Institutions3 credits

*Effective spring 2016.

**Effective for students admitted as of fall 2015. 

***Elective courses to be selected by the Department of Economics and Finance from the above list for students in the cohort format.

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