Study Finance at a Leading University

Students who choose the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota get a rigorous education at a recognized and highly ranked school. The MS in Finance program combines essential education in finance theory with practical application. As a result, our students can pursue many different options after graduation and into the future.

MSF Program Ranking


Essential Education, Focused on the Future

Designed for recent graduates and early-career professionals, the MS in Finance curriculum marries the essentials of education in finance theory with quantitative skills and practical application now driving the field. 


Program Structure: Graduate in 12-16 Months

  • Graduate in one year: the program may be completed in as little as 12 months
  • Choose a 16-month plan: for added flexibility, students may extend their studies in order to seek internship opportunities (Note: the school does not guarantee placement in an internship.)
  • Classes held mornings and afternoons
  • Students utilize cutting-edge software and databases including Bloomberg, Factset, CRSP, Compustat, Matlab, Excel VBA, and ModelRisk
  • Curriculum includes experiential learning component that challenges student teams to analyze crucial issues surrounding a finance challenge, collect data, and present their findings to local industry professionals


A Rigorous 39-credit Curriculum 

Summer / 9 credits

  • MSF 6421: Computing for Finance (4 credits)
  • MSF 6221: Fundamentals of Finance I (2 credits)
  • MSF 6031: Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • MSF 6920: Introduction to Python (2 credits)

Fall A / 8 credits

  • MSF 6422: Financial Econometrics I (2 credits)
  • MSF 6222: Fundamentals of Finance II (2 credits)
  • MSF 6022: Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
  • MSF 6021: Communications for Finance (2 credits)

Fall B / 8 credits

  • MSF 6423: Financial Econometrics II (2 credits)
  • MSF 6223: Fundamentals of Finance III (2 credits)
  • MSF 6621: Finance within the Macroeconomy (2 credits)
  • MSF 6322: Corporate Valuation & Modeling (2 credits)

Spring A / 8 credits

  • MSF 6821: Experiential Learning (2 credits)
  • MSF 6522: Derivatives and Risk Management I (2 credits)
  • MSF 6321: Quantitative Portfolio Analysis (2 credits)
  • MSF 6121: Fixed Income Analysis (2 credits)

Spring B / 6 credits

  • MSF 6821: Experiential Learning (2 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

Sample Electives:

  • FINA 6325 Behavioral Finance (2 credits)
  • FINA 6621 International Financial Management (2 credits)
  • FINA 6222 Mergers and Acquisitions (2 credits)
  • FINA 6324 Securitization Markets (2 credits)
  • FINA 6341 World Economy (2 credits)
  • Graduate courses offered by other departments in the business school upon approval.

Note: List of electives could vary per academic year.

Non-Credit Courses: 

Noncredit 1: On occasion, external speakers will be brought in to enhance the experiential learning component of the M.S. finance program. Students are required to attend such meetings, and their participation will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Noncredit 2: Students will be required to pass the online ethics module from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute by the end of the summer. Successful completion will be a requirement of the Fundamentals of Finance II course.