Master of science in finance (M.S.F.)

The Mike Ilitch School of Business master of science in finance is designed for both recent graduates and working professionals with a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or another quantitative field who want to advance or shift their careers. The 10-course, 30-credit degree can be completed in as little as a year of full-time study (fall, spring/summer and winter), or be completed in five semesters on a part-time basis. Students will be equipped with tools, ideas and frameworks to excel in careers in the dynamic field of finance. This program will be delivered by a highly accomplished finance faculty with an excellent reputation.

Statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project that in 2018, financial advisor jobs are expected to increase by 30.1 percent, and financial analyst positions by 42 percent. These short-term projections fit within a significant long-term rise in the need for financial professionals.


Students in the Ilitch School's MSF program will be challenged to approach real-world problems with a practical lens, learning specialized skills applicable to careers in corporate finance, investments and financial analysis. Students can personalize their degrees with elective courses on such topics as corporate valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and futures and options, and will have the opportunity to run a real portfolio through the Student Managed Investment Fund.

The curriculum integrates theories and applications from economics, accounting, mathematics, strategy and other fields, and incorporates a significant portion of the content of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 exam. The CFA is the most prestigious license in finance and is widely accepted as the industry standard for investment professionals.

When the new Mike Ilitch School of Business building is opened in the District Detroit in 2018, many MSF classes will be held in the planned Trading Room, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, Bloomberg terminals, access to databases and other software programs to deliver a working knowledge of the tools and techniques used in industry today.

MSF program requirements

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For further information, contact an advisor or the Department of Finance chair. If you're ready to apply, complete the Wayne State University graduate school application.