Our Finance (M.S.) 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 12 Credits)
If you are a student with undergraduate preparation in a non-business field, you may be required to complete up to 12 credits of preparatory coursework. If you have a strong academic record (“B” or better in each case) from an accredited university, you may be able to waive preparatory foundation courses. Accounting and Business Law (ACCT 500) requires financial accounting, as well as any course labelled business law that included contracts and tort law. Economics and Finance (ECON 500) requires both micro- and macro- economics, as well as finance that included time value of money. Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (ITKM 500) requires information systems, intermediate Excel, and either MS Excel- or SAS-based statistics or research methods. Management and Marketing (MGMT 500) 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 the Finance (M.S.) degree program.
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 (M.S.) 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