2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance, M.S.

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Coordinator: Leah A. Hartman, Instructor, M.B.A. - Finance Concentration, University of Chicago; J.D., Indiana University

The Master of Science degree in finance prepares students to compete in the financial world.  Students gain experience through a rigorous curriculum, internships, and real-world projects.  Classes are small and the program is comprehensive.

The MS Finance program is a 30-to-33-credit program and consists of two 1.5-credit hour foundation courses and ten three-credit courses (six required and four elective), many of which are useful in preparation for the three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Examination.  The foundation courses are ACCT 6619 Accounting Foundations and FINC 6601 Introduction to Finance.  Either of the two foundation courses may be waived on the basis of appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses, subject to the approval of the finance graduate coordinator.

Program Objectives

 Our graduates will be


 a. Advancing their careers in the financial services or corporate sectors;


b. Achievement of appropriate professional certification and / or licensure.


Program Learning Goals:

 Graduates of our MS program in finance should be able to demonstrate:

1. Significant analytical capability in finance and a working knowledge of the data and analytical tools      available.

2. Knowledge of the functional areas of finance and risk analysis.

3. An awareness of ethical standards required for individual success in the industry and the health of        the financial sector.

4. The ability to communicate their analysis and advice effectively.


Program Outcomes:

  1.1 Evaluate financial challenges/opportunities using appropriate econometric techniques.

  1.2 Evaluate financial challenges/opportunities using appropriate financial datasets.

   2.1 Describe the risks/rewards available from different types of alternative investment vehicles.

   2.2 Analyze the risks/rewards available from specific alternative investment vehicles.

   3.1 Describe the ethical and compliance issues that potentially arise in various financial markets.

   4.1 Prepare written recommendations analyzing financial challenges /opportunities that employ appropriate financial tools. 

   4.2 Orally present recommendations that analyze financial challenges /opportunities employing appropriate financial tools.



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