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.
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
I. Foundation Courses (9)
Students who have not completed a business undergraduate degree will be required to take the following Phase I coursework:
II. Core Courses (30)
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.