The MSF program is a ten-month program. The 30-credit-hour curriculum consists of ten courses, in the following sequence:
Spring Semester (select five out of the following six)
FIN 600 - Corporate financial policy
FIN 650 - Investments
FIN 630 - Financial modeling and analysis
ACC 621 - Understanding financial statements
FIN 685 - Investments practicum I
FIN 623 - International financial management
FIN 688 - Financial analytics tools
FIN 645 - Corporate investment and financial policy
FIN 686 - Investments practicum II
FIN 691 - Current issues in finance
FIN 652 - Options, Futures, and Derivatives
The majority of our MSF students finish the program in one year. However, some MSF students can finish the MSF program in more than a year. International students in the program must take at least nine credit hours per semester in order to maintain the full-time student status (may apply for reduced course load in the last semester).
The MSF program is now a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program. This means international students are eligible for three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation. OPT is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 (non-immigrant student visa) status are allowed to work on a student visa and receive practical training to complement their education.
The MSF program offers analytics and data science related topics in the curriculum. In addition, data analytics skills such as Python,Tableau, MS Excel and others are incorporated in various MSF courses. The program hosts Python workshops two to three times per year to our students.
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 2017. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). We provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and prepare them to sit for the CFA exam. Each year, the CFA Institute allots thirteen scholarships to finance students (MSF or undergraduate). Students with scholarships will be able to access CFA preparation materials for free and take CFA exams at a significantly lowered rate.