The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) at Eastern Michigan University is a 30-credit hour AACSB-accredited program for recent graduates and working professionals. The STEM-designated program covers topics in corporate finance and governance, fixed income, derivatives and risk management, portfolio asset management, investment research, financial analysis, and covers more than 70% of the CFA Body of Knowledge.

Apply now to become a part of our inaugural MSF class beginning Fall 2019!

Program Information

  • Program Benefits
    • Intensive, 30-credit hour curriculum allows students to complete the program quickly.
    • Our program is lock-step, so students begin the program at the same time as their peers. This way students benefit from collaborating and building strong relationships with their cohorts and receive a strong level of faculty support.
    • The program covers more than 70% of the CFA Body of Knowledge providing students with a strong foundation to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations.  This credential is awarded by the CFA Institute and widely considered to be one of the most prestigious professional designations in finance.
    • An investment trading lab equipped with Bloomberg terminals provides strong, practical application of the program's theoretical foundations. 
    • The STEM-designated program offers students the ability to develop or enhance applied quantitative skills, robust analytics, and advanced critical thinking skills. The program includes instruction in probability theory, applied financial calculus, and statistical analysis.
    • A thesis option is available to students considering a Ph.D. program after completion of the MSF.
    • Enhance job market potential with advanced financial and quantitative skills allowing you to add immediate value.
  • Degree Requirements
    Students must complete 30 credit hours of core courses and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  • Curriculum

    Foundational Requirements: 6 hours 

    • ACC 501 - Accounting Principles 3 hrs (or equivalent) with a B or higher
    • ECON 500 - Foundations of Economic Analysis 3 hrs (or equivalent) with a B or higher

    Course equivalents must be from an AACSB-accredited university and approved by the finance faculty. Equivalency exams may be allowed in some cases. 

    Students that are required to take ACC 501 and ECON 500 have the option to enroll in these courses the summer prior to their first fall semester or to take ACC 501 their first semester and ECON 500 their second semester. International students requiring 9 credit hours a semester must take these courses during their first and second semesters.

    Core Requirements: 30 hours

    • FIN 501 - Quantitative Methods in Finance 3 hrs
    • FIN 601 - Corporate Finance 3 hrs
    • FIN 611 - Financial Statement Analysis 3 hrs
    • FIN 621 - Securities Analysis 3 hrs
    • FIN 631 - Financial Markets and Institutions 3 hrs
    • FIN 641 - Fixed Income Analysis 3 hrs
    • FIN 651 - Portfolio Management 3 hrs
    • FIN 661 - Advanced Financial Management 3 hrs
    • FIN 671 - Risk Management/Derivatives 3 hrs
    • FIN 691 - MSF Capstone 3 hrs

    Thesis (Optional): 0-6 hours

    In addition to the core 30 credit hour required courses, students can take an optional 6 credits of thesis, obtained by taking FIN 699 for 3 credits during the fall semester of their second year and FIN 699 for 3 credits during the winter semester of their second year.

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