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Master's in Finance

Two Options of Study

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree at The University of Arizona now offers two options of study-the original 12-month, 10 course plus project option and a 16-month, 12 course option.

Options for 12-month and 16-month Programs Now Available

Students entering the program can choose either a 12-month program (two semesters plus a summer project) or 16-month program (three semesters of coursework).

The 12-month program allows students to start the program in August and graduate the next August. This option is designed as an intense one calendar year program running from Fall semester through Summer II semester. Students complete 10 courses and a summer project in Tucson.

The newest option is a 16-month program-from August to the following December. Students take four classes each during fall, spring and the following fall semester for a total of 12 courses. Students have the summer between coursework to complete an internship, return home or travel.

CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The Master's in Finance Program at the University of Arizona has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding the Candidate Body of Knowledge and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

More information on the CFA Program and its value to graduates is available on The CFA Program website. Information on the local chapter is detailed at The Tucson Society of the CFA Institute.

Immerse Yourself

Offered by the Finance Department of the Eller College of Management, the program is an immersive educational experience providing a broad exposure to all areas of finance. Through your elective courses and master's project, you will also specialize in your area of interest within finance.

The 10 or 12 master’s level classes are all in finance during the calendar year. The incoming Fall classes will normally be between 25 and 30 students, keeping the classes small and the students connected with the faculty. Many of the classes are also shared with 2nd-year MBA students in the College.

With only a fall start to the program, the curriculum from fall courses builds into more advanced material in the spring semester and following fall semester under the 16-month program design. For the 12-month program, the Master's project is completed under the supervision of a Finance advisor during the Summer sessions following the Fall and Spring coursework.

Positioned for Advancement

The program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance. Through the curriculum, you will develop the advanced analytical and technical financial skills and tools needed for your career in finance and for informed financial decision-making.

Tracks of Specialization

The department offers four tracks in our MSF program, Investment Management-Fixed Income-Corporate Finance-Real Estate Finance. Planning your curricula around these tracks enhances your job opportunities. The department's tracks are designed to help you establish a plan and communicate your plan with recruiters through your resume, cover letters, and interviews.

More description of the program is available here.

For additional information, please contact us.

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