Master of Science in Finance

MSF Highlights

Flexible Program Format
High Elective-to-Core Ratio
Financial Assistance
CFA Exam Preparation (Chartered Financial Analyst)

Flexible Program Format

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. Program directors work closely with students to tailor a curriculum that fits both their interests and their schedule.

High Elective-to-Core Ratio

Our strong electives to core ratio offers one of the most flexible programs of study as compared to national MS Finance programs. Students can specialize, customize and start taking courses in their field of interest almost immediately. Out of the 31.5 credit hours, 18 credits are open for electives allowing for maximum flexibility and customization. Areas of concentration within the graduate finance curriculum include Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital and Real Estate Finance.

Financial Assistance

The David Eccles School of Business offers several graduate assistantships. An assistantship also comes with a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition. Assistantship applications will be distributed to admitted students with their notice of admission. Assistantships are competitive, with the average GMAT scores for those receiving a scholarship in the 650 - 730 range. Additional scholarships are available to assist well qualified, out of state students in covering the cost of non-resident tuition.

CFA Exam Preparation (Chartered Financial Analyst)

Our MSF Program offers superior preparation to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification exams. This includes two courses specifically designed to prepare students for the CFA I and CFA II exams, in addition to comprehensive coverage of the CFA body-of-knowledge material. This curriculum has powerful results with our students historically achieving higher pass rates on both exams than the national average. Scholarships are available to MSF students taking the CFA level 1 exam during the program to help offset the cost of taking the exam.

MSF News

Campus Founders Fund with $500k for Utah Students

The Campus Founders Fund is a newly created venture fund run for students, by students. The investment team consists of entrepreneurial-minded college students across Utah, studying everything from biomedical engineering to global supply-chain management.

campus-founders-fundWith a $500,000 investment fund, the group’s mission is to provide pre-seed funding and top-level mentoring to the best student entrepreneurs in the state by investing up to $20,000 per startup and connecting management teams to startup CEOs and mentors in the state.

MSF Program Ranked Among Best in Finance Nationwide

The David Eccles School of Business today announced its Master of Finance program has been ranked among the best in the nation by the Financial Engineer and is the only program in Utah to make the list, earning a No. 47 ranking.

“It is an honor to be numbered among such esteemed finance programs across the nation,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “We are thrilled with these results and see them as validation that our efforts to deliver our students the best business education in the world are working.”

Featured Faculty

David L. Anderson

David L. Anderson is Professional in Residence in the Master of Finance program. He has spent 24 years in investment banking during which he did transactions in over 25 countries. In the course of his career he has had extensive experience leading complex international transactions, often of a highly sensitive political nature including dealings in Southern America, Asia, and Europe.

Kent H. Cannon

Kent H. Cannon recently joined after 30 years in the insurance and financial services industry.  Kent will serve as a professional in residence to enhance the student’s classroom experience with project based consulting experiences in the professional community.