Each candidate must be competent in financial accounting, economics, calculus and statistics prior to registration for the core courses. To ensure competence, students who have not completed the equivalent of principles of Accounting I and II at the undergraduate level will be required to take ACC 500. Students who do not pass a competency examination in calculus and statistics will be required to take GSB 420. Students who have not completed principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics will be required to take ECO 501 or ECO 555 (GSB 420 is a prerequisite for ECO 555).
Students complete the Master of Science in Finance by taking nine core courses and three elective courses in addition to the program prerequisites. At least two of these electives must be taken in finance and the third elective may be taken in the fields of accounting, economics or real estate as stated below.
Three elective courses are required. At least two of these required electives must be Finance courses that are not Special Topics courses (designated by FIN 798). One of the three required elective courses is considered a free elective and may be satisfied in one of the following ways:
- another finance course (including IB 530 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE).
- a graduate course in Accounting, Economics, or Real Estate (other disciplines may be considered but require the permission of the program faculty director).
- a Special Topics course (designated by FIN 798).
- the combination of the Academic and Business Culture course ( FIN 798 SPECIAL TOPICS: Academic and Business Culture) AND a two credit-hour finance internship (subject to approval of the internship proposal by the internship committee of the Finance Department). With prior permission from the program faculty director, the internship requirement may be satisfied with two internships of one credit hour each.
- Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of the nine required courses.
- Satisfactory completion of three elective courses.
- All courses for credit toward the degree must be completed within six calendar years after the candidate’s first term of enrollment in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. After a lapse of six years a course is expired. An expired course is not acceptable for the purpose of satisfaction of degree requirements and is not applicable to the degree without the written approval of the director of the program or the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.