Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
The Master of Science in Finance program prepares students with the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today’s global financial environment. Featuring a rigorous curriculum that provides cutting-edge training in finance, the program endows students with the necessary quantitative and theoretical expertise for analytical jobs in the finance sector. Because the curriculum covers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) body of knowledge, it also encourages students to prepare for the CFA exams. Additionally, through the optional thesis track in the program, students considering future PhD studies will receive relevant research training.
The MSF program prepares graduates to:
- Meet the highest levels of proficiency in the functional or technical knowledge required for professional finance careers
- Address key issues in professional decision making through the application of critical analysis and integration of knowledge relevant to changing environments
- Be at the forefront of academic and professional research related to the practice of corporate finance and investment
Graduates of the MSF program will be prepared to:
- Evaluate risk in investments and devise risk management strategies
- Price major financial assets and securities, including in complex environments
- Assess and devise alternative financing decisions and strategies, based on advanced analysis and application of research skills
- Select appropriate financial modeling and problem-solving techniques to facilitate financial decision making
- Analyze advanced financial statements to inform high-level strategic thinking
Specialist advice on making course selections and academic progression is provided to MSF students by the Program Coordinator in the Department of Finance. Staff in the SBA Graduate Programs Office are also available to assist students with administrative requirements.
Two types of Graduate Assistantships (GA) are available to help our graduate students. These awards are available on a competitive basis. Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) enable students to work with professors on research projects, giving the students some hands-on exposure to the world of research. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) provide an opportunity to assist faculty members with course administration and other activities associated with teaching. Students may alternatively seek graduate employment, working up to 20 hours per week with payment on an hourly basis.
The outreach efforts of SBA are focused on building networks with companies that support AUS programs and provide job opportunities for our graduates. Requests from employers are passed along to students and graduates with the appropriate qualifications.