The Master of Science program in finance requires a minimum of 45 s.h. of graduate credit. A major g.p.a. and a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 is required in all coursework.

The M.S. with a major in finance requires the following coursework.

Core Courses

Students should consult their academic advisor about the possibility of waiving a core course if they have a cumulative undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.30 or have passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA, Level 1) Examination.

FIN:9150Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation2
FIN:9200Portfolio Management3
FIN:9220Fixed Income Securities3
FIN:9300Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions3
FIN:9400Professional Development and Business Acumen (taken fall and spring semesters for 1 s.h. each)2
BAIS:9100Data and Decisions3
MBA:8130Business Communication (taken spring and fall semesters for 1 s.h. each)2
MBA:8140Corporate Financial Reporting3
MBA:8170International Economic Environment of the Firm3
MBA:8180Managerial Finance3
Total Hours30


Elective credit varies for students. The following elective coursework is possible. Students should consult their advisor.

All students must complete one of the following experiential elective options:
FIN:9225Applied Fixed Income Analysis - Hart Fund3
FIN:9250 & FIN:9260Applied Securities Analysis - Henry Fund I-II6
FIN:9390Applied Financial Analysis: Industry Project3
FIN:9391Thesis in Finance - Master of Science in Financearr.
Any of these:
FIN:4030Securities Industry Essentials Exam Prep1
FIN:9140Enterprise Risk Management3
FIN:9230Real Estate Finance and Investments3
FIN:9240International Finance3
FIN:9280Global Structured Finance3
FIN:9290Alternative Investments and Portfolio Strategies2-3
FIN:9310Corporate Financial Strategy3
FIN:9330Investment Banking3
FIN:9350Wealth Management3
ACCT:9030Financial Accounting Standards and Analysis3
ACCT:9050Taxes and Business Strategy3
ACCT:9120Design and Use of Cost Management Systems3
ACCT:9130Financial Reporting: Theory and Practice3
ACCT:9170Advanced Accounting Analytics3
BAIS:6040Data Programming in Python3
BAIS:6050Data Management and Visual Analytics3
BAIS:6060Data Programming in R3
BAIS:6070Data Science3
BAIS:6140Information Visualization3
BAIS:9110Advanced Analytics3
BAIS:9210Introduction to Modeling with VBA3
CS:4400Database Systems3
CS:5110Introduction to Informatics3
ECON:4800Econometric Analysis3
ISE:6760Pattern Recognition for Financial Data3
ISE:6780Financial Engineering and Optimization3
STAT:4100Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT:4101Mathematical Statistics II3
Additional elective credit possible for courses in analytics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics, or actuarial science (e.g., quantitative/technical) with advisor approval

M.S./M.S. in Business Analytics (Career Subprogram)

The combined Master of Science in finance/Master of Science in business analytics with a career subprogram allows students to pursue two degrees simultaneously, earning both more quickly than they would if the degrees were pursued separately. The Department of Finance collaborates with the Department of Business Analytics to offer the combined program.

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined program. For more information, see the M.S. in business analytics (career) in the Catalog.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.

Applicants must:

  • have earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, or have earned an equivalent degree from another country;
  • submit unofficial transcripts with their application and official transcripts for admission;
  • have earned a minimum g.p.a. of at least 3.00 or the international equivalent;
  • submit a statement of purpose with a maximum length of 500 words; and
  • submit two recommendations that must be received within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Applicants who use the IELTS test are required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Examination.

Application deadlines are as follows—

Priority deadline: December 15

International student deadline: March 15

Domestic student deadline: June 15

Careers for M.S. graduates in finance include corporate treasury operations, cash management, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, sales and security trading, security analysis, commercial banking and financial services, credit analysis, mortgage lending, financial planning, consulting, public administration, insurance roles, and real estate.

The Career Services team offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Finance, M.S.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
45 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; up to 6 s.h. of graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative and program GPA.  
First Year
Any Semester
Meet with your Career Management coach and Professional Director.  
Attend Career Management Center sessions offered.  
Apply to and secure a summer internship or arrange a summer research project.  
BAIS:9100 Data and Decisions 3
FIN:9220 Fixed Income Securities 3
FIN:9400 Professional Development and Business Acumen b 1
MBA:8140 Corporate Financial Reporting 3
MBA:8170 International Economic Environment of the Firm 3
MBA:8180 Managerial Finance 3
Arrange for the Career Management Center to review updated resume, then upload to Handshake.  
FIN:9150 Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation 2
FIN:9200 Portfolio Management 3
FIN:9300 Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions 3
FIN:9400 Professional Development and Business Acumen b 1
MBA:8130 Business Communication c 1
Elective course d 3
Elective or experiential elective d, e 3
Complete end of semester employment placement survey as directed by Career Management.  
Internship: complete a summer internship f  
Research: complete a summer research project f  
Second Year
FIN:9210 Derivatives 3
MBA:8130 Business Communication c 1
Elective course d 3
Elective course d 3
Elective or experiential elective d, e 3
Complete end of semester employment placement survey as directed by Career Management.  
Meet with your Career Management coach and Professional Director.  
Attend Career Management Center sessions offered.  
Verify completion of all degree requirements with program administrator.  
Apply to and secure post-graduation employment.  
 Total Hours45