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The Department of Finance offers a Master of Science degree program with a major in Finance. The program is only available under Plan B (without thesis). The program is intended to provide graduate-level finance training to individuals with either career experience in finance or an undergraduate degree in finance or a related field. The curriculum is flexible and allows students to choose courses that will meet their specific professional needs. Courses are offered in all of the major areas of Finance, including Financial Management, Financial Institutions, Investments, and International Finance. The program of study is determined in consultation with, and with the approval of, the graduate program director at the time of enrollment.

Requirements for the M.S. in Finance

A total of 30 credits are required for the degree.  A student’s program of study must be approved by the director of the program.  All students must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Maintain a grade-point average of 3.25.

2. Complete 18 credits in courses offered by the Department of Finance at the 800 level or higher.  These 18 credits must include either Finance 801 or Finance 980 unless the student passes a departmental waiver exam.

3. Complete 12 credits in elective courses approved by the program director.  These credits can be earned in Finance courses or in courses in related disciplines including Economics, Statistics, or Mathematics.  At least 9 of these 12 credits must be earned in courses at the 800 level or higher.

Honor code

The students in the Master of Science in Finance degree program in The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management regard the principles of truth and honesty as fundamental to the accounting profession.



Flexibility is the key characteristic of the M.S. in Finance Program. That is, subject to certain broad guidelines, each student’s program of study is developed so as to further his or her chosen professional objectives and to build on, or complete, the student’s prior academic background.


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