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MSF Program Curriculum, Core Courses, and Electives

Earning your Master of Science in Finance Degree

If you have a solid financial and quantitative skill set, and are in search of a rigorous masters in finance curriculum that will place you on an accelerated path to graduation, the Brandeis IBS MSF program is a perfect fit.

As an MSF student, you will:

  • Complete your degree with 44 credits, with courses covering a wide breadth and depth of challenging and highly relevant material
  • Immerse yourself in essential theories, concepts, and current industry examples – with direct ties to topics on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. The MSF program is part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, which recognizes curricula that incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which positions students well to sit for the CFA exams.
  • Begin your studies in the fall with peers in our MA, MBA and PhD programs
Timeline  

Our MSF curriculum is intended to prepare you to work at – and flourish in – the most competitive and sought-after companies in the financial industry. The curriculum is designed to be both demanding and rewarding. You will move through the MSF program in 16 months, including a required practicum where you will complete an internship, field study project, or direct research with a faculty member.

Fall (14 credits)
FIN 201a: Investments (4 credits)
FIN 204a: Advanced Corporate Finance Theory & Practice (4 credits)
FIN 217f: Corporate Finance Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 212a: Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits) OR
FIN 270a: Options and Derivatives (4 credits)

Spring (18 credits)
FIN 261a: Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)
FIN 270a: Options and Derivatives (4 credits)
Concentration Electives (10 credits)

Summer 2017 (4 credits)
FIN 291a: Internship (4 credits)
FIN 292a: Consulting Field Project (4 credits)
FIN 293a: Directed Research (4 credits)

Fall (8 credits)
Concentration electives (8 credits)

Core Courses  

It is highly recommended that you take all core classes before continuing with your electives. Since many core courses are prerequisites for the elective courses, it is important that you plan your schedule carefully. We recommend meeting with your Program Advisor and mapping out a plan for your MSF degree. 

Core Requirements (22 credits)
FIN 201a: Investments (4 credits) 
FIN 204a: Advanced Corporate Finance Theory and Practice (4 credits)
FIN 217f: Corporate Financial Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 261a: Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)
FIN 270a: Options and Derivatives (4 ccredits)
FIN 212a: Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits) OR
FIN 270a: Options and Derivatives (4 credits)

Work Practicum Requirement (choose only one) (4 credits)
FIN 292a: Internship (4 credits)
FIN 293a: Consulting Field Project (4 credits)
FIN 294a: Directed Research (4 credits)

Electives  

MSF students can choose their electives from a selection of advanced offerings in the International Finance areas. For the prerequisites associated with each course, the schedule of classes and course syllabus, please consult the course catalog