Sep 26, 2023
Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 30
CIP Code: 52.0801
Dept. Code: FIN
Major/College Codes: FIN BA
College: Muma College of Business
Department: Finance (FIN)
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
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
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)
- 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.
- For applicants with a three-year Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally 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.
A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in business must complete the following tools before taking courses for which they are prerequisites
Total Minimum Hours 30 hours
Pre-requisite Tools Courses (10 Credit Hours)
Students must successfully (a grade of A or B) complete equivalent courses in each of these areas prior to taking MSF 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 MSF major.
Core Finance (15 Credit Hours)
(FIN 6445 must be taken at the end of the program after the other core courses are completed.)
Core finance courses may be waived for students who graduated with finance majors from AACSB accredited programs within five years of entering the M.S. in Finance major. Only courses with the same content as the core finance courses can be used to satisfy the M.S. in Finance course requirements, and students must have earned grades of A or B to have such courses waived. Advanced finance courses must be substituted for waived courses.
Advanced Finance Electives (15 Credit Hours)
To satisfy the 15 hours of electives, students can complete any of the graduate courses offered in the Department of Finance or approved graduate courses offered in the Economics Department or other Departments at Muma College of Business (a list of approved courses 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.
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.