Our Finance MS degree program is designed with a particular course sequence in mind, allowing you to seamlessly progress from broad surveys and overviews of financial core topics to granular details relevant to particular financial sectors. You will continue to build upon your knowledge in areas such as investment analysis, financial modeling, derivatives valuation, international finance, behavioral finance, financial management, investment banking, and managerial economics. To culminate your studies, you will complete either an industry-focused capstone with an internship, or a research-focused capstone with a thesis, which is suggested if you are considering a terminal degree.
Preparatory Courses: Acquiring the Foundation for Success (up to 6 Credits)
Students with undergraduate preparation in a non-business field may be required to complete up to 6 credits of preparatory coursework. Students with a strong academic record (B or better in each case) from an accredited university may be able to waive preparatory foundation courses. Accounting & Business Law (ACCT500) requires financial accounting, as well as any course labelled business law that included contracts and tort law Management & Marketing (MGMT500) requires organizational behavior, operations management, and marketing or any similarly named course that includes consumer behavior.
This coursework provides the basic fundamentals across the business disciplines that serve as a necessary foundation for a degree through our School of Business.
- ACCT500 Accounting & Business Law
- MGMT500 Management & Marketing
If you have not completed all of these courses as part of your undergraduate studies, they are available through our program. For more information on prerequisites, please contact admissions.
Program Core Requirements
These courses are specific to the Master of Science in Finance degree program. These courses include program concentrations.
- FIN 505 Advanced Financial Management and Policy
- FIN 520 Investment Analysis
- FIN 525 International Financial Management
- FIN 545 Financial Derivatives and Risk Management
- FIN 534 Behavioral Economics and Algorithmic Finance
- FIN 540 Financial Analysis and Modeling
- ITKM 505 Information Systems and Knowledge Management
- ITKM 560 Foundations in Advanced Analytics
- BUCP 588 Research Methods
- BUCP 598 Thesis or BUCP 599 Internship
Keys to Completing the Finance MS Degree Program
In order to successfully complete the program, you will be required to complete 30 credits of coursework, which includes a final capstone. The capstone may be completed through an internship, suggested for students that are currently working and/or seeking to enter the workforce directly upon graduation; or thesis of original research, suggested for students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. You must satisfactorily complete all academic requirements with a cumulative grade point average grade of “B” (CGPA = 3.0) or better.
Your success will be assessed using the following measures:
- Participation in classroom activities addressing current financial events
- Preparing case studies
- Creating one-off backtests of financial hypotheses
- Performing simulations
- Developing reusable financial and risk management tools
- Performing due diligence research projects
- Writing 5-to-10-page papers on critical financial topics
- Presenting findings in a five-minute professional presentation
- One capstone project and presentation reflecting their accumulated knowledge and skills
View all courses offered and read full course descriptions in our online course catalog system.