Master of Science in Finance

The M.S. in Finance is a 36-credit, fully online program designed for students interested in developing and improving their professional competencies and skills in various finance related disciplines to increase their marketability. The curriculum is designed with a focus on international perspective and a strong commitment to the high ethical standards required in the finance field. It provides students with state of art skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the increasingly challenging business environment. Additionally, a significant portion of the core curriculum with appropriate electives covers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge.

Ideal for those working or planning to work in the following areas:

  • Commercial and retail banking
  • Investment banking
  • Security analysis and brokerage
  • Corporate finance, venture capital and corporate restructuring
  • Security trading and risk management
  • Financial services and consulting
  • Government financial auditors
  • Financial information systems and data providers

Program Design

This 36-credit hour program is delivered through online instruction, providing flexibility and convenience for working professionals and adult learners. Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time schedule. Full-time enrollment for students who want to complete the program in 20 months requires enrolling in 9 credits per term and in 3 to 6 credits during the summer terms. Part-time students may complete the program in 24-27 months.

Prerequisites

To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college, undergraduate-level courses or their equivalent in financial accounting (3 credits), macroeconomics/microeconomics (3-6 credits), statistics (3 credits), and management information systems (3 credits) or demonstrated equivalent experience.

Program Curriculum

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

  • Financial Management (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance (3 credits)
  • Financial Economics (3 credits)

Advanced Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Investment Analysis (3 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Finance (3 credits)
  • International Financial Management (3 credits)
  • Financial Management: Practices and Strategies (3 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

Students choose four elective courses to reflect their interests and to reinforce the individual focus of their degree. Students may choose to specialize in one of the following tracks by taking electives listed for the associated track.

Corporate Finance

  • Financial Risk Management (3 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions (3 credits)
  • Financial Analysis and Control (3 credits)

International Finance

  • International Accounting (3 credits)
  • International Financial Law and Regulation (3 credits)
  • Economics for Global Managers (3 credits)
  • Financial Instruments and Derivatives (3 credits)

Tracks are not required, and students may wish to pick electives from different subject areas or may even wish to incorporate one of the advanced graduate certificates into their master's degree as their focus area.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Global Financial Strategy (3 credits).

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