Student Experience

Hands-on Experience

MSF classes are offered in our modern Seale Finance Learning Center, where students can 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.

Personalized Support

Our Graham Office of Career Management assists 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.

Watch the video below to learn more about the MSF student experience.

Top-Rated City

The city of Lexington is a great place to live and learn. Serving as the healthcare, retail, financial, educational, cultural, and entertainment center for both Central and Eastern Kentucky, Lexington features many of the advantages of a large city with the charm and hospitality of a small town. Reputable companies and employers such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Lexmark International, Big Ass Solutions, Valvoline, Link Belt, LBX, Tempur Sealy, Amazon.com, Xerox, Hitachi and Lockheed Martin all have a major corporate presence in the area. Watch this video to learn more.

Job Opportunities

Careers in the finance industry are substantial, intellectually stimulating, and high-paying. Job candidates with MSF degrees are highly desired in finance-specialized industries, such as:

  • Investment banking
  • Asset management
  • Mutual funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Pension funds
  • Corporate treasury departments

The University of Kentucky's 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.


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