May 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Finance, M.S.


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Muma College of Business  
Department:
Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance 
 
Concentrations:
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management
  • Finance Research
  • FinTech

 


The M.S. in Finance offers a curriculum that concentrates on both finance and economics concepts. Students who complete the M.S. in Finance will be better prepared to succeed in careers in the financial world, especially in positions that require specialized knowledge about various finance topics.

Accreditation - AACSB International -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Major Research Areas: Finance

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GMAT score of 550 or higher (or equivalent GRE score).  Or one of the following:
    • Applicants with lower GMAT (GRE) scores may be admitted if the application as a whole convinces the committee that the applicant warrants an admission to the major.
    • Applicants who graduated from USF or one of its peer/aspirant universities with a Bachelor’s Degree and with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may request a GMAT (GRE) test waiver.
    • The GMAT (GRE) requirement can be waived for applicants who have passed the CFA Level I exam.  The applicant must provide proof that he/she passed the exam (e.g. an email sent from CFA Institute confirming that the candidate passed the Level I exam).
  • For applicants with a three-year Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution, the following requirements need to be met in addition to those listed above:
    • Minimum GMAT score of 650 with a minimum score of 25 on the verbal portion, or a minimum GRE score of 321 with minimum score of 150 on verbal reasoning.
    • When the three-year Bachelor’s Degree is less than 120 hours from Non-Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from a NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours - 30 hours

•    Tools (if applicable) 
•    Core Requirements- 12 Credit Hours
•    Concentrations - 18 Credit Hours

 

All full-time students need three semesters and part-time students are required to take at least two courses per semester to complete the coursework in five years. 

Tools Courses (6 Credit Hours)


A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in business must complete the following tools courses with a grade of B or higher prior to enrolling in any core or elective courses. Tools course can be waived, with the permission of the program director, if the student earned an A or B in these courses or equivalent courses at an AACSB accredited institution within five years of entering the MS. in Finance major.

Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)


Concentrations (18 Credit Hours)


The M.S. in Finance offers four concentrations through which students may satisfy the 18 hours of electives. Students can complete these requirements by taking the required elective courses indicated below and other approved graduate courses offered in the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, other schools at the Muma College of Business, and the Department of Economics (a list of approved courses for the concentrations will be posted each year). Students can satisfy up to six credit hours of electives by taking graduate courses offered in other departments and colleges as long as the courses are approved in advance.

The four concentrations are:

Financial Analysis Concentration


Financial Analysis Concentration prepares students for a professional career in financial analysis or asset management. Targeted career examples include investment analyst, security analyst, credit analyst, portfolio manager.

Financial Planning and Wealth Concentration


Financial Planning and Wealth Management Concentration prepares students for a career in financial planning, wealth management, financial advising. Targeted careers include financial planner, private wealth manager, and financial advisor.

Finance Research Concentration


Finance Research Concentration prepares students for a career in financial research. Targeted career examples include academic research, quantitative analyst, and big data analyst.

FinTech Concentration


FinTech Concentration prepares students for a career in financial technologies. Targeted career examples include blockchain expert, cybersecurity analyst, and risk control manager.

Comprehensive Exam


A capstone project in FIN 6416 Advanced Financial Management   is used as an alternative assessment in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.

Additional Information Regarding Curriculum


Leadership, teamwork, communication skills and organizational change are emphasized. Much of the curriculum is delivered through case studies, class discussion, exercises, group projects, video taped role-playing, simulations, and prominent guest speakers from the local business and non-profit community. Emphasis is placed on student participation and teamwork. All courses include writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills.

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