Master of Science in Finance

The University of Kentucky's Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree prepares students for a professional career in the finance and banking industries. As an accepted member of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program since establishment, our program is designed to provide rigorous and focused training in finance, broadened opportunities in your career, and sharpened skills for the fast-changing and competitive world of modern finance.

Job candidates with MSF degrees are highly desired in finance-specialized industries, particularly investment banking and asset management companies such as mutual funds, hedge funds, and pension funds. They are also sought after by corporate treasury departments. The job opportunities in these industries are substantial, intellectually stimulating, and high-paying.

MSF classes will be offered in our brand new state-of-the-art Finance Learning Center in our new Gatton Building, where students will be able to access real-time financial information from Bloomberg Terminals, Capital IQ, and other sources. As an MSF student, you will gain first-hand asset portfolio management experience by participating in our $5 million student-managed investment fund (SMIF). Your graduate course work will take you to a much higher learning level in your technical, communication, and analytical skills with more advanced material throughout each course. The program delivery is structured to provide the necessary skills set to achieve success in the finance profession.

Our Finance Department has been accepted into CFA Institute University Recognition Program since 2012. Our newly established MSF program has been added to the CFA Institute University Recognition Program starting August 4, 2017. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (COBK). We provide students with a solid grounding in the COBK and position them well to sit for the CFA exams. Each year, the CFA Institute will allot ten scholarships to students (MSF or undergraduate) in our Finance Department. Students with scholarships will be able to access CFA preparation materials for free and take CFA exams at a significantly lowered rate.

Our Graham Office of Career Management will assist students in their career development process and employment success by working closely with employers who seek world-ready interns and graduates. We will also assist our students who wish to pursue Ph.D. education in finance or related areas at top U.S. universities.

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Our finance faculty are highly regarded scholars and recognized leaders in the field, with articles appearing in the most prestigious finance journals in the world such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Our faculty are frequently cited by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and other financial media. We urge you to visit our Finance Faculty link on the left to see brief bios, profiles, and publication links for a more detailed presentation of our faculty's many academic and professional achievements. In particular, Dr. Brad Jordan is the coauthor of many popular finance textbooks such as Fundamentals of Investments and Essentials of Corporate Finance. Quint Tatro, who teaches FIN 685 in the MSF program, is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. The videos below provide several examples:

Contact for More Information

Dr. Mark Liu, MSF Director
Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods
345J Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States of America

Nicole Stork-Hestad
Associate Director, MS Finance Program
338B Gatton College of Business & Economics 
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Phone: (859) 323-7621

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