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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Finance

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Seattle University’s master of science in finance (MSF) degree program provides an opportunity to obtain advanced in-depth education in finance. The program is designed primarily for individuals who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in business. Applicants without a business degree will be required to take some preparatory business courses.

In addition to the development of appropriate quantitative and communication skills, the MSF provides detailed coverage of the following major areas of finance:

  • Business finance
  • Investments
  • Financial institutions and markets

The program also includes the corollary fields of accounting and economics and incorporates discussion of ethical issues in business and finance.

MSF graduates typically work in banking, credit analysis, risk management, personal financial planning, wealth management, securities analysis and trading, portfolio analysis and management, alternative investments, business valuation, real estate finance, international finance, and general corporate financial management. Many seek CFA, CFP, CAIA, or FRM certification.

Degree Requirements:

I. Preparatory Work

Computer Proficiency
Business Calculus
Business Communications

The calculus requirement must be completed by the end of the first year in the program. The communications requirement must be completed within the first quarter.


*Students with previous comparable course work with a B (3.00) or better have the option of waiving these classes based on self-assessment materials regarding their proficiency. Students without previous course work are required to take these classes.

V. General Electives

  • Electives (6)

Minimum credits required for degree: (45 to 63)


Students with an MBA degree from an AACSB accredited program may waive 2 electives, (6 credits), and thus may have 39-63 credits.

Graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to earn a master’s degree.

Business Valuation Specialization

A formal specialization is available in business valuation and is noted on official transcripts. To receive the specialization a student must complete the 10 courses listed below. MBA 501 , MBA 515 , FINC 542  and 18 credits of specified or general electives required for the MSF degree can be satisfied by completing the specialization. With department approval, students with previous comparable course work have the option of waiving courses, in which case the specialization will be complete with fewer required courses.

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