Finance / Master of Science

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The Master of Science in Finance degree is specifically designed to prepare individuals to assume positions in investment analysis, portfolio management and financial services. The degree is intended for those who are focused in their field and possess the drive and motivation to succeed in the program.

Students will also be exposed to coursework in related fields, such as economics and accounting, as analysts need a complete view of capital markets from a macroeconomic perspective down to the reporting of an individual firm’s financial performance.

Utilizing the CFA Institute Candidate Body of Knowledge® as guidance, coursework in the degree will assist individuals desiring to take the CFA Level I exam. Whenever possible, texts and materials used in the CFA Program will be used. The CFA Institute (formerly the Association for Investment Management and Research) is the leading organization of investment analyst professionals with over 80,000 members in approximately 125 countries.

Program Benefits

  • Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the role of finance in a domestic and global context.
  • Establishes conceptual and innovative abilities to apply analytical financial tools to a variety of investment situations.
  • Develops critical thinking and functional knowledge across various disciplines that impact investment decisions.
  • Learn how to leverage data and information to guide your clients' (or your own) organization's financial and other strategic decisions.
  • Provides the critical knowledge base necessary to prepare for the CFA® Level I exam.
  • Develops expertise for a wide spectrum of strategically important postions in finance.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits in the program to earn the Master of Science in Finance degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.0, there will be a grace period of one eight-week session after which the student must bring the GPA up to the 3.0. Six hours of equivalent graduate coursework can be transferred into the program.

Degree Offered: Master of Science

Total Credit Hours Required: 36-45

Curriculum

Program: MS-FINA-B

I. Foundation Courses (9)

Students who have not completed a business undergraduate degree will be required to take the following Phase I coursework:

ACCT-50100Financial Accounting

3

ECON-50200Business Economics

3

FINA-51200Financing the Business Enterprise

3

II. Core Courses (30)

FINA-57200Managerial Finance

3

ACCT-55000Managerial Accounting

3

ECON-55400Managerial Economics

3

FINA-60400Quantitative Techniques for Financial Markets

3

FINA-57900Investment Analysis

3

FINA-58600International Finance

3

FINA-58400Derivatives 1

3

FINA-60200Fixed Income Analysis

3

FINA-60300Financial Statement Analysis

3

FINA-58500Financial Management Strategies

3

BGEN-69600Major Field Test (Non-Credit Business Assessment)

0

III. Electives (6)

The following courses may be used as electives. Courses other than those listed below may be used as electives if approved by the Academic Program Director.

ACCT-64000Accounting Ethics

3

ACCT-64400Advanced Tax Topics

3

INSY-50500Introduction to Information Security

3

ECON-54500International Economics

3

INSY-56100Strategic Outsourcing

3

INSY-56000Principles of Six Sigma

3

BSAD-58800Employment Law

3

FINA-59900Derivatives 2

3

FINA-60000Portfolio Management

3

ACCT-64200International Accounting

3

FINA-67000Healthcare Finance and Economics

3