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Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science in Finance

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program offers you education in all aspects of finance. It offers a blend of accounting, economics, and finance, along with the study of economic theory. One of the most important attributes of a successful executive is the ability to develop business strategies based on key financial issues. Today’s business leaders must have a comprehensive understanding of interest rates, capital markets, investments, and financial analysis. These are the same skills gained by students graduating with the Walsh College MSF degree. You will graduate with the ability to gather financial information and make decisions with insight and confidence. Regardless of prior educational or professional achievements, this knowledge is vital in today’s competitive job market.

The Master of Science in Finance consists of three foundation courses (which may be excluded based on the student's previously completed coursework, time limits do apply), six required core courses, and six elective courses, of which four may be taken in one of the designated specializations. You may, but are not required to, focus your courses in a specialization.These specializations include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Financial Services

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Opportunities for Employment
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deregulation of the banking industry has allowed banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms to broaden their financial services portfolios, creating additional need for financial analysts and personal financial advisors. Senior-level positions in corporate finance including senior financial and cost analysts, and controllers and CFO’s would typically require an MSF or a CPA. Students seeking jobs at top securities firms where the pay can be lucrative will face stiff competition.

Master of Science in Finance at Walsh College
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Program Format
To earn an MSF degree from Walsh College, you must complete 12 to 15 courses, totaling 36 to 45 credits, depending on prior course work. Advanced standing credit is not to exceed 12 semester credit hours and may be awarded towards the MSF degree for equivalent graduate coursework completed at another institution; time limits may apply. A minimum of 24 hours must be taken in residence at Walsh College.

 Foundation Courses (if required)

ACC 508/500    Financial Accounting
ECN 503           Survey of Economics
QM 503             Inferential Statistics for Business Decision Making

 Core Courses

FIN 506            Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 510            Financial Management
FIN 515            Financial Markets and Institutions
FIN 521            Investments
FIN 550            Case Studies in Corporate Finance
QM 515            Quantitative Methods

 Specializations/Elective Courses

(Students must complete a minimum of six additional courses, including at least two ECN or FIN elective courses)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics
  • Financial Services
  • Personal Financial Planning





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Michigan Alpha Project

The Michigan Alpha Project (MAP) was started by Leon LaBrecque of LJPR, LLC in partnership with Walsh College in an effort to offer Walsh students some of the best real-world investing experience possible. LaBrecque has personally provided $100,000 of his own money for Walsh students to manage in a portfolio consisting exclusively of Michigan stocks. For more information, visit michiganalphaproject.org

Walsh College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). Specific degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org).

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