Walsh College

Master of Science in Finance


Master of Science in Finance

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 areas of study are a focus in the Walsh College Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program.

The MSF program provides a graduate education in all aspects of finance and related areas of accounting and economics. Students must choose one of three concentrations: Financial Management, Financial Services or Economics.

The MSF consists of 12 courses for 36 semester credit hours, including eight core courses, three concentration courses, and a capstone course. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining in-person classroom instruction with online learning. Select courses will require on-campus attendance while others will be available entirely online. Most on-ground courses will be taught in a 2+2 format, with two hours of on-campus instruction and the equivalent of two hours of online instruction.

Graduate Program Launch

All MSF students will participate in a required one-day, on-campus orientation program before their classes begin. There will be an overview of your program, a review of student services, team building and networking opportunities. (0 cr; REQUIRED). The Graduate Program Launch will be held on campus.


 Core Courses
 COM 510
 Communication and Success Strategies (3 cr)*
 QM 520
 Business Analytics (3 cr)*
 *Graduate Gateway Courses: Both COM 510 and QM 520 must be completed with a “B” (3.000) or higher to continue on in the program

 ACC 510
 Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 cr)
 FIN 510
 Financial Management (3 cr)
 FIN 515
 Financial Markets (3 cr)
 ECN 523
 Global Economics (3 cr)
 FIN 506
 Financial Statement Analysis (3 cr)
 FIN 521
 Investments (3 cr)

Capstone Course  (Select One)

 FIN 550
 Case Studies in Corporate Finance (3 cr) 
 FIN 551
 Mergers & Acquisitions Case Competition (3 cr)

Concentrations (Must choose one concentration - 3 courses, 9 credits):

Financial Management

Financial Services


FIN 504
Financial Theory and Practice

FIN 509
Bank and Financial institution Management

ECN 522
Health Economics

FIN 512
International Finance

FIN 520
Real Estate

ECN 527
Managerial Economics

FIN 587
Business Valuation

FIN 532
Portfolio Analysis

ECN 580
Monetary and Fiscal Policy Seminar

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 must be earned while in residence. All other courses must be completed with a “C” (2.000) or higher.

View graduate admission requirements or contact the Admissions & Advising office to schedule an appointment:


The MSF program is also available as part of a dual-degree option with the MBA. The Dual MBA/MSF allows students to complete two distinct graduate degrees in one concise program. The Dual MBA/MSF requires a total of 21 courses for 60 semester credit hours.For course descriptions and other detailed program information, please refer to the Walsh College Catalog.


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.  Financial managers are among the occupations in Michigan adding the most jobs, with projected openings expected to grow faster than average through 2010. Senior-level positions in corporate finance including senior financial and cost analysts. Controllers and CFO’s would typically require a MSF or a CPA.  Students seeking jobs at top securities firms where the pay can be lucrative will face stiff competition.  


According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), starting salaries for graduates with a master’s degree in finance range from $55,400 to $84,000. Experience and promotion in this field can lead to a much higher earnings potential. CFOs can earn from $87,000 to $360,000 depending on the size of the company.  The U.S. In May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for financial analysts was $78,380.

Walsh College MSF Alums

Lorraine Goodrich, MSF '03
Chief Financial Officer
Automotive Industry Action Group

"In today’s competitive job market, an advanced degree from Walsh can really send your resume to the top of the pile! The networking opportunities are exceptional. Walsh was also a great fit for me as a working professional."


Lou Schmidt, BBA '90 & MSF '97
HoneyBaked Ham Company of Michigan

"Walsh has been good to me and my family. I can’t imagine getting a better education. With the scholarship, we hope to help along a student who aspires to be a successful business person – someone who is hard-working and driven to contribute at a higher level."


Mike Semanco, MSF '99
President & COO
Hennessey Capital

"As the state's largest graduate business school, Walsh has the business side of innovation covered."  



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