The MS degree in finance prepares students for managerial careers in corporate finance, investment analysis, and portfolio management, financial consulting, and financial institutions. Courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst exam. To complete the program in one year, full-time students must begin their studies in the fall semester.

Plan of study

The program of study consists of 10 courses and a field exam.


  • Investment/Portfolio Management
  • Commercial Banking and Credit
  • Investment Banking
  • Government (Local, State, Federal)


Finance, MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers
  • FINC-721 Financial Analysis for Managers
  • FINC-725 Securities and Investment Analysis
  • FINC-740 Options and Futures
  • FINC-790 Field Exam Preparatory
  • Finance Electives
  • General Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in finance, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit scores from GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships).
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate and Part-time Enrollment at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
47,522 USD
Annual tuition (12-18 credit hours). Additional fees may apply. Scholarships and aids are available.
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