Course Requirements

Each candidate is expected to demonstrate competency in principles of financial accounting, principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, business calculus and statistics prior to enrollment in the program.  Students who have not demonstrated these competencies through previous course work are required to achieve competency prior to registration for the core courses.

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. 

Core Courses

Elective Requirement

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 an open elective and may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • another finance course.
  • a graduate course in Accounting, Economics, or Real Estate (other disciplines may be considered but require the permission of the faculty program director).
  • a Special Topics course (designated by FIN 798).
  • the combination of the Academic and Business Culture course (FIN 500 UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE: 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 faculty program director, the internship requirement may be satisfied with two internships of one credit hour each.

Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of the nine required courses and 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.