MS in Finance Curriculum

What you'll learn

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

The Carlson MSF program is recognized by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security as a STEM-designated program.

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Rigorous, 39-credit, STEM-designated curriculum
  • CFA affiliation, ensuring classes prepare students for the CFA exam (optional)
  • Technical skill-building courses:  Intro to Python Programming, Computing for Finance, Machine Learning for Finance, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & Their Business Applications
  • Use of programming languages, software, and databases:  Python, MATLAB, Stata, Excel VBA, ModelRisk, Bloomberg, Factset, CRSP, Compustat, among others
  • Intensive experiential learning component analyzing real financial challenges for real client companies 


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Program Structure

Choose to complete the program in 10 or 16 months based on your personal goals and preferences. You have until the end of the second semester of the program to choose your track or specialization, leaving time to consult with your career coach and academic advisor before deciding.

MSF Students 2022
10-Month Track
  • Complete the program in May
  • Default curriculum option
  • Return to full-time job market quickly
  • Ideal if you have previous internship and/or full-time work experience in finance
MSF Students
16-Month Track
  • Complete the program in December
  • Additional summer and fall semester
  • Option to spread out class schedule
  • Flexibility for summer finance internship
  • Internship assistance from Graduate Business Career Center
  • Recommended if you are joining the program directly after undergrad studies, pivoting from another career area, or would like to further boost your resumes before graduation

Master of Science in Finance Curriculum & Faculty

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) faculty and curriculum prepares you to succeed in finance careers after graduation and beyond.

Thomson Thamsir

In my current role as a Transactions Advisory Services Associate at STOC Advisory, I intensively use the advanced financial modeling skills that I have learned in the program daily, conducting financial due diligence specifically on Quality of Earnings and Purchasing Price Allocation analyses of prospective target companies in the mergers and acquisitions landscape.

Thomson S. Thamsir - Transactions Advisory Services Associate, Stoc Advisory

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