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Master of Science in Finance

Course Description

[[Why Illinois?]]
We deliver a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree that is simply superior in quality to others. We’ve been doing it consistently for 50 years, innovating along the way to ensure that students in this program graduate with a mastery of finance that sets them apart from other professionals in the market. The College of Business is ranked as the thirteenth best program for Undergraduate studies in the United States. The University of Illinois was just ranked #1 for Public Universities in the Midwest for Best ROI

Over the years, thirteen members of the faculty and eleven members of the alumni at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have received the Nobel Prize in Sciences and Economics. Ten of the Pulitzer Prize winners are from the Faculty and Alumni of this University. More than eighty members of the current faculty are on the National Academy of Sciences, and about fifty members of the National Academy of Engineering are on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world, housing more than 10,500,000 volumes, over 6,000,000 manuscripts, periodicals, and other non-print materials, and more than 65,000 journals. In addition to the main library, there are more than 37 departmental libraries and divisions throughout campus, including the largest U.S. engineering library, state-of-the-art agricultural library, and theworld-renowned Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, designed by the architect of New York City’s Lincoln Center, alumnus Max Abramovitz, hosts more than 350 performances each year. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion ranking second only to the Art Institute of Chicago among Illinois public art museums housing over 9,000 works of art in its permanent collection; and theSpurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture, which holds in its collections approximately 46,000 artifacts from diverse cultures and varied historical time periods.

The Business Instructional Facility, home to the MSF program, is a sustainable, environmentally efficient building. The Market Information Lab within the facility, sponsored in part by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, provides students with state-of-the-art tools and software products, bringing real-world exposure to their academic experience.

[[Building a Foundation for Career Success]]
MSF Career Services provides a suite of products and services for students and recruiting firms, including personalized coaching on job strategy and negotiation, as well as access to top recruiters, alumni, and career resources. ILLINOIS MSF graduates are sought after by hundreds of companies who recruit students from the College each year. Your interest in Illinois MSF shows that you recognize excellence, not only in our program, but in yourself. Apply after October 1 for our June starting term and join our network of successful alumni and faculty.

[[Illinois MSF Program: a CFA Program Partner]]
The ILLINOIS Master of Science in Finance program has been officially named a CFA Program Partner®. As such, the MSF curriculum covers more than 70% of the CFA Body of Knowledge and teaches student the tools they need to prepare for and be successful with the CFA exams. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) certification is a professional designation awarded by CFA Institute. The professional investment community recognizes the value of the CFA certification to support hiring and promotion decisions. For more information, visit the CFA Institute and CFA Review Program websites.

The MSF program has an innovative curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance. The program also introduces you to the emerging concepts, practices, and technologies necessary to be successful in today’s finance industry. The fifteen month program begins in August of each year.

The Illinois MSF is a generalist graduate program in finance. The MSF program begins in August each year and is completed in three semesters (fall, spring, fall). Most core courses would be completed in the first fall semester; however, dependent upon a student’s background and career goals, some core courses may be substituted or taken in the spring semester.

Admitted students with considerable experience in Finance may elect to complete their studies in two semesters (fall/spring) with the approval of the Program Director. Criteria for approval includes, but is not limited to, academic qualifications, work experience, GMAT/GRE scores, and communications skills. As the MSF program is designed to be completed in three semesters, the two semester option will be offered only after careful consideration by all parties.

In addition to the core courses, you will select courses to customize your degree. Generally, students take most of their electives in areas of finance, but some take a few electives in other disciplines. Most students choose to follow a specialization track in one or more of the three most popular areas in the program: Corporate Finance, Asset Management, or Quantitative Finance.

However, the breadth of electives makes the Illinois MSF a unique program for students who are interested in specializing in other areas of finance, such as Commercial Banking, Risk Management, and Real Estate.

Entry Requirements

Many students in the program have a business-related undergraduate degree but the program also attracts people with undergraduate degrees in such areas as engineering, math, physics, and computer science.Work experience is highly recommended though not an absolute requirement; however, on average, MSF students have two to three years of post-undergraduate work experience, many in finance-related positions.

Course Fees

Proposed tuition and fees for those starting in Fall 2016 are $19,788 per semester.

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