Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate their ability to analyze financial data by successfully completing a financial statement analysis project.
  • Demonstrate their ability to use financial modeling techniques by successfully employing those techniques to reach financial decisions on a case.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of how to utilize various asset classes to achieve portfolio objectives inclujding risk management by completing a class project.
  • Demonstrate their ability to value business entities (both public and private) by successfully analyzing case information to arrive at an appropriate fair value for a business entity.

The master of science in finance (M.S.F.) is for students and executives seeking specialized training in finance in preparation for financial certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP), as well as for acquiring career advancement skills in a variety of financial fields.

Our nationally and globally diverse faculty is comprised of experienced educators and recognized scholars who combine theory with practice to provide a balanced learning experience.

The Curriculum

The M.S.F. is a 33 hour program and courses are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters.  Students entering the program must meet prerequisites in accounting, economics, finance and statistics.  Most courses are offered in the evening and students can pursue the degree part-time or full-time.

The Master of Science in Finance consists of the following three main parts:

1. Core classes required of all M.S.F. students (12 hours)

2. Interest Area classes which provide subject matter depth (9 hours)

3. Designated electives (12 hours)

Total hours (33 hours)

Up to six hours of transfer credit may be permitted.  Courses waived by prior classwork are replaced by other approved courses.

The core curriculum for all tracks includes the following courses:

FIN 5552Global Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 5553Investment Analysis3
FIN 5560Financial Modeling3
FIN 5561Financial Statement Analysis3
Total Credits12

Interest areas provide students with additional depth in a particular subject area.  Some interest areas are designed to prepare students for professional certification exams such as the CFA and CFP.  The course requirements for interest areas are detailed below.

Corporate Finance Interest Area

FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
FIN 5551International Financial Management3
FIN 5563Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions3
Total Credits9

Entrepreneurial Finance Interest Area

ENT 5525Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity And Innovation3
ENT 5527Creating the New Venture Experiential Learning3
ENT 5585Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment3
Required Elective Course
FIN 5567Payment Systems3
Total Credits12

Financial Analyst Interest Area

Required Track Courses
FIN 5557Derivative Securities3
FIN 5562Fixed Income Analysis3
FIN 5563Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions3
Required Elective Courses
FIN 5564Portfolio Management3
FIN 5565Alternative Investments3
Total Credits15

Financial Services Management Interest Area

FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
FIN 5556Management Of Financial Intermediaries3
FIN 5562Fixed Income Analysis3
or FIN 5567 Payment Systems
Total Credits9

Flexible Design Interest Area

Pick three FIN designated courses to fill in the track portion of your program.  For the designated elective section of the program, at least two courses must have the FIN designation.

Wealth Management Interest Area

FIN 5570Introduction to Personal Financial Planning3
FIN 5566Financial Plan Development3
FIN 5571Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits3
Required Designated Electives
FIN 5572Income Tax Planning3
FIN 5573Estate Planning3
Recommended Designated Elective
FIN 5564Portfolio Management3
Total Credits18

Designated Electives

Twelve hours are required and at least 6 hours must be from Finance.  Designated electives may include but are not limited to:

FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
FIN 5551International Financial Management3
FIN 5556Management Of Financial Intermediaries3
FIN 5557Derivative Securities3
FIN 5559Strategic Financial Management3
FIN 5562Fixed Income Analysis3
FIN 5563Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions3
FIN 5564Portfolio Management3
FIN 5565Alternative Investments3
FIN 5566Financial Plan Development3
FIN 5567Payment Systems3
FIN 5570Introduction to Personal Financial Planning3
FIN 5571Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits3
FIN 5572Income Tax Planning3
FIN 5573Estate Planning3
FIN 5574Student Investment Fund I1.5
FIN 5575Student Investment Fund II1.5
FIN 5582Seminar In Finance3
FIN 5587Special Topics3
FIN 5595Internship1-3
ENT 5585Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment3
MGT 5552International Study in Business3

Selected courses in economics, management information systems, mathematics, law, real estate or other graduate programs can be approved by a finance faculty member.