Master of Science in Finance
One of only two such programs in the Intermountain West, the David Eccles School of Business Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is an intensive one-year degree with an accommodating part-time option that adds clout to your resume and expands your career options. An MS Finance degree is rapidly becoming more of a requirement and less of an option for those seeking the most highly prized careers in financial trading, risk and asset management, and other technical financial fields.
The David Eccles School of Business offers a strong career management program and an MSF dedicated career coach to provide students with guidance on all aspects of finding a great career. Students have access to recruiting events, an exclusive jobs database, and one-on-one consultations with their career coach. These resources have yielded powerful results for MS Finance students, including the best-ever program average starting salary of $80,900 for December 2014 graduates.
MS Finance students have the ability to participate in various experiential learning opportunities throughout the program, including the University Venture Fund, program-led consulting projects, and internships. Students also have opportunities to attend national study trips and explore the finance culture and processes of leading international companies. Past trips have included visits to San Francisco and New York City.
The intimate size of the MSF program offers lots of flexibility, both in terms of scheduling and academic interest. While the program can be completed in as little as nine months, roughly half of our students study part-time while maintaining an existing career. The program director works closely with students to tailor a curriculum that fits both their interests and their schedule.
Our strong elective-to-core ratio offers one of the most flexible programs of study as compared to national graduate finance programs. Students can specialize, customize and start taking courses in their field of interest almost immediately. Out of the 31.5 credit hours, 15 credits are open for electives, allowing for maximum flexibility.
Finance faculty at the David Eccles School of Business are among the nation’s most distinguished, annually ranking in the top 25 nationally for their research. Our professors are changing the way the world thinks about finance and incorporate their pioneering thinking into the classroom.
The MSF program offers students the opportunity to pick an area of emphasis and further specialize their finance education. Specializations include financial analyst, investments, corporate finance, venture capital, business valuation, financial information systems and general finance, as well as the opportunity to create a custom track.