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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.


Preliminary Courses

Based on their academic background, the admitted applicants may be required to take the preliminary courses from the following list. These courses are not part of the 30-credit MSF curriculum and the students who take them will incur additional cost.

ACC 9110*

Financial Reporting3 credits

ECO 9730**

Firms in the Global Economy1.5 credits

ECO 9740

Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5 credits

FIN 9762

Introduction to Quantitative Tools for Finance3 credits

FIN 9770***

Corporate Finance3 credits
Required Courses (10.5 credits)

The following courses are required for all MSF students. The students are advised to take the required courses as early in the program as they can because

these required courses serve as prerequisites for many electives.

BUS 9551+

Business Communication I1.5 credits

FIN 9771

Corporate Financial Theory and Applications 

FIN 9781

Managerial Finance3 credits

FIN 9772

Quantitative Tools for Finance 

ECO 9723

Econometrics: Theory and Applications I*3 credits

FIN 9773

Investment Theory and Applications 

FIN 9783

Investment Analysis3 credits
*Not open to students in the cohort format.

Electives    (19.5 credits)

To earn the MSF degree the students need to successfully complete a total of 19.5 credits of elective courses from the following list.

Note: Only a small subset of these courses is offered each semester and the actual course offerings vary from semester to semester.

ECO 9713

Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy3 credits

ECO 9724

Econometrics - Theory and Applications II3 credits

FIN 9740

Technical Analysis3 credits

FIN 9759

Mergers and Acquisitions3 credits

FIN 9774

Entrepreneurial Finance3 credits

FIN 9776

Real Estate Finance3 credits

FIN 9782

Futures and Forward Markets3 credits

FIN 9784

Management of Financial Institutions3 credits

FIN 9785

Financial Markets and Intermediaries3 credits

FIN 9786

International Finance Markets3 credits

FIN 9788

International Corporate Finance3 credits

FIN 9789

Equity Markets: Trading and Structure3 credits

FIN 9790

Seminar in Finance3 credits

FIN 9792

Advanced Managerial Finance3 credits

FIN 9793

Advanced Investment Analysis3 credits

FIN 9795

Debt Instruments and Markets3 credits

FIN 9797

 Options Markets 3 credits

FIN 9851

Classical Foundations of Financial Risk Management1.5 credits

FIN 9852

Measurement and Management of Market Risk I1.5 credits

FIN 9853

Measurement and Management of Market Risk II1.5 credits

FIN 9854

Measurement and Management of Credit Risk I1.5 credits

FIN 9855

 Measurement and Management of Credit Risk II 1.5 credits

FIN 9856

Measurement and Management of Risks in Operations and Information Technology1.5 credits

FIN 9857

Measurement and Management of Risks in Investments1.5 credits

FIN 9858

Implications of Corporate Governance, Regulation, and Ethics of Risk Management1.5 credits

FIN 9880

International Finance Markets1.5 credits

FIN 9881

Debt Securities1.5 credits

FIN 9882

Futures and Forwards1.5 credits

FIN 9883

Options1.5 credits

FIN 9884

Venture Capital1.5 credits

FIN 9890

Special Topics in Investments1 credit

FIN 9891

Special Topics in Investments1.5 credits

FIN 9892

Special Topics in Investments2 credits

FIN 9893

Special Topics in Investments3 credits

FIN 9894

Special Topics in Corporate Finance1 credit

FIN 9895

Special Topics in Corporate Finance1.5 credits

FIN 9896

Special Topics in Corporate Finance2 credits

FIN 9897

Special Topics in Corporate Finance3 credits

FIN 9985

Risk Management in Financial Institutions3 credits

+Effective for all MS-Finance students admitted in spring 2016 or later. Students admitted prior to spring 2016 should consult their preliminary course evaluation and/or waiver exam results, since other requirements and conditions may apply.

*Formerly ACC 9110 Financial Accounting; new course title effective Spring 2017.

**Formerly ECO 9730 Fundamentals of Microeconomics; new course title effective Spring 2017.

***Formerly FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making; new course title effective Spring 2017.