The West Virginia University is a CFA® Institute Partner School through the M.S. Finance program. Program graduates are prepared to sit for an examination for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and graduates boast a high pass rate on all three testing levels.
The M.S. Finance program is ideal for potential candidates with undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, engineering, mathematics, physics, geology, or economics, or those with industry experience and the drive to be successful. M.S. Finance graduates, especially those earning the Chartered Financial Analyst credential, enjoy careers with leadership positions across the gamut of financial positions. This includes investment banking positions, portfolio management, financial analyst, fund management, and corporate finance positions, among others.
The optional area of emphasis in Energy Finance prepares graduates for leadership careers in the energy sector. This area of emphasis is part of West Virginia University's Shale Gas Initiative and offers B-School graduates entre' into the energy sector and Energy Sector geologists, engineers, and other practitioners the business acumen for energy sector advancement into leadership and decision-making positions.
MBA as a gateway to M.S. Finance or M.S. Finance-Energy Area of Emphasis
If you are an academically qualified student with a quantitative background such as engineering, business, mathematics, or computer science but don't have a finance or accounting background, you have two options:
- You can complete the 14-month MBA program, and then stay the following fall semester to take four additional finance courses." This leads to an MBA with an Emphasis in Finance, which is awarded in December." This is the ideal option for students who seek careers in management fields which require a thorough understanding of finance.
- You can be admitted into the MBA program, then apply to the M.S. in Finance program during your spring semester. "With this option, you will earn both an MBA and an M.S. in Finance in two years."
CFA Institute Recognition
The WVU College of Business and Economics MS in Finance program has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.
Degree programs at the WVU College of Business & Economics are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the top accrediting organization for business schools."
MS Finance at WVU provides an excellent education at a very affordable cost.
Both the M.S. Finance and M.S. Finance-Energy Area of Emphasis involve a 38 credit-hour program of study that includes an Internship/Project. The program coordinator serves as each student's advisor and typically meets with each student soon after the student's arrival on campus to develop a plan of study. Advisor and student meet on a regular basis thereafter to monitor and review progress.
Advisor and Program Committee
The program coordinator serves as a student's graduate advisor and also as chair of the student's committee. The advisor and student typically meet soon after the student's arrival to campus to develop a plan of study and on a regular basis thereafter to monitor and review progress. In most programs, the plan of study should be in place no later than the end of the student's first semester. The remainder of the program committee is comprised of a minimum of two members of the graduate faculty. The committee oversees the student's plan of study to ensure that progress continues towards meeting all degree requirements.
Plan of Study
All graduate students must have a plan of study, which is a formal agreement between the student and their program faculty regarding the conditions the student must meet to earn the desired degree. The plan of study usually lists required courses and activities and describes the timeline for these requirements. The plan may also include suggested or optional courses and activities. Each college or school determines the mechanisms for establishing, changing, and monitoring students' progress on plans of study.
All graduate students who enroll in at least one credit during the academic year are provided with a written evaluation from their program following the end of each spring term. This requirement may be waived for students in good standing who are expected to graduate in spring or summer.
General Curriculum for M.S. in Finance
- BADM 527 Macroeconomics
- FIN 512 Business Law & Ethics
- FIN 511 Managerial Financial Economics
- FIN 520 Quantitative Finance
- FIN 521 Financial Reporting/Analysis
- FIN 526 Portfolio Management
- FIN 527 Alternative Investments
- BADM 571 Professional Practicum I
- FIN 522 Advanced Corporate Finance
- FIN 525 Derivative Securities
- FIN 523 Equity Investment
- FIN 528 Integrated Financial Analysis
- BADM 572 Professional Practicum II
- FIN 491 Professional Field Experience
- Application: You must complete the West Virginia University Application for Graduate Admission. Be sure to indicate M.S. in Finance when responding to "Intended Major". Please select "On Campus" as the primary delivery method.
- Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all prior academic work must be forwarded by your previous institution to the Office of Admissions and Records, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009. Contact prior institutions as early as possible. Receipt of the official transcripts allows our application to be processed.
- International Students: You need to send your official undergraduate transcript in the original language and English translation, a certified copy of undergraduate diploma in the original language and English translation, and your TOEFL scores to WVU Office of Admissions, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506. Note: While the University TOEFL requirement is 550 paper; 79 internet version (or IELTS 6.5), it is recommended that you achieve a 580 paper or 92 internet version, to be competitive for admission.
- Graduate Management Admissions Test® scores: Applicants must have scores submitted from the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT). WVU GMAT code: C2S-6D-13. Note: Anyone who scores below 600 should re-take the exam to strive for a better score.
- Résumé: The Official Transcript and GMAT performance provide some quantitative evidence about an applicant. Applicants round out their profile with other evidence found in their résumé. The résumé should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace the applicant's entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.
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Last updated January 30, 2018