Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.)

The WSU Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.) program at the Mike Ilitch School of Business is a S.T.E.M. designated degree program in the DHS Federal Register. The M.S.F. program places significant emphasis on data analytics grounded in financial theory. Students learn how to utilize cutting-edge tools to analyze extensive financial data and are prepared to assist corporations in making well-informed decisions upon graduation. The program 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. It consists of 10 courses totaling 30 credits and can be completed in as little as one and a half years. Additionally, students have the option to complete the program on a part-time basis.  

At least two-thirds of the classes are offered in person, providing students with hands-on learning experiences. Throughout the program, students are equipped with tools, ideas, and frameworks to excel in careers within the dynamic field of finance. The program is delivered by a highly accomplished finance faculty with an excellent reputation. 


Students in the Ilitch School's M.S.F. 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.

Many M.S.F. classes are held in the planned Trading Room, which is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, Bloomberg terminals, access to databases and other software programs which deliver a working knowledge of the tools and techniques used in industry today.

M.S.F. 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.