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Master of Science in Finance


The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at the Graham School of Management is designed to give students the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today's global financial markets. The program features a rigorous curriculum that combines a strong foundation in all areas of finance with practical, hands-on business problem solving skills. As the curriculum will automatically cover all levels of CFA body of knowledge, the program will encourage students to prepare for CFA designation. 

The Center for Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives will provide a state-of-the-art hands-on analytical lab experience. The GSM also fosters partnerships with leaders in business and non-profit organizations to strengthen the student experience. Students will have a chance to build mentor relationships with our diverse, committed and highly talented faculty and alumni with real-world experience. 

The Master of Science in Finance is offered on-campus and as a fully online program.

Master of Science in Finance Requirements (33 Hours)

1. Any necessary foundation courses for non-business major.

2. The following core courses:

  • ECON 510: Managerial Economics (3)
  • FINC 560: Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • FINC 521: Managerial Finance (3)
  • FINC 502: Forecasting Time Series (3)

3. Seven Specialization Courses (21 credit hours)

  • FINC 530: Investments and Portfolio Analysis (3)
  • FINC 540: International Finance (3)
  • FINC 550: Advanced Corporate Finance (3)
  • FINC 590: Futures, Options and Other Derivatives (3)
  • FINC 570: Quantitative Methods in Finance (3)
  • FINC 599: Functional and Strategic Finance (3)
  • ACSG 556: Data Visualization Techniques for Business (3)

Joint Master of Science in Finance and Master of Science in Business Analytics Requirements

Students who pursue a Master of Science in Finance can also get a Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) if they complete an additional six MSBA courses as follows.

Additional Six Courses (18)

The first four courses are required:

  • MATHG: 501 Statistical Analysis I (3)
  • MATHG: 502 Statistical Analysis II (3)
  • FINC 501: Survey of Business Intelligence and Decision Making Models (3)
  • ACSG 555: Data Mining and Warehousing for Business (3) 

Then, choose one of the following Application Courses:

  • ACCT 521: Accounting Analytics (3)
  • BANA 543: Project Management Tools and Systems (3)
  • MKTG 570: Marketing Media and Analytics (3)

Finally, complete the following course:

  • BANA 599: Business Analytics Capstone (3)

Joint Master of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration

Students who pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can also get a Master of Science in Finance if they complete an additional six courses. Those six courses can be the following and/or approval by the Chair of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis.

  • FINC 502: Forecasting Time Series (3)
  • FINC 560: Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • FINC 570: Quantitative Methods in Finance (3)
  • FINC 599: Functional and Strategic Finance (3)
  • ACSG 556: Data Visualization Techniques for Business (3)   
  • FINC 577: Special Topics in Finance (3)