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MS in Finance Curriculum

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The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program offers a curriculum with a rigorous and intellectually sophisticated framework for analyzing decision-making in finance and finance-related areas and prepares graduates for positions in areas such as asset management, real estate, commercial banking, corporate finance, financial regulation, investment banking, and development banking.

Master's in Finance Degree Program Length

The program may be completed full time within one calendar year or part-time within two years.

Prerequisites

Prior to enrollment in the Master's in Finance Degree program, the student must have satisfied prerequisite knowledge through coursework at an undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Credit Hours
Accounting Economics
Statistics
Undergraduate Financial Accounting (6)
Microeconomics (3)
Macroeconomics (3)
Statistics (3)
Graduate Accounting (3)
Economics (3)
Statistics (3)


Curriculum

The graduate finance degree program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours and may require up to 33 credit hours depending on the student's prior academic background. MSF students consult with the program director to design an approved program of study that meets both overall program goals and individual academic and professional objectives.

The MSF degree requires completion of 6 credit hours of required foundation courses; 12 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives.

Foundation courses
Financial Management
Financial Modeling

MSF Core Courses
Derivatives and Risk Management
Quantitative Methods in Finance I and II
Fixed Income Analysis

Elective Courses
Advanced Financial Management
CFA Level I Intensive Review
Corporate Governance
Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy
Financial Institutions Management
Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets
Financial Statement Analysis
International Finance
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Investment Banking
Special Topics in Finance