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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements​

The MS in Finance program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours subject to the prerequisite requirement.

Prerequisites for the MSF Program​

Students complete the Master of Science in Finance by taking nine core courses and three elective courses in addition to the program prerequisites. 

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

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).
  • GSB 500 U.S. BUSINESS CULTURE & PRACTICE   is required for international students and may be waived for those students with a prior U.S. degree.​

​​​Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.

  • Satisfactory completion of the 9 required courses and 3 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. ​


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