Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science: 54.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The MS in Finance program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who plan specialized careers in finance or financial consulting in business or industrial firms, investment management and advisory firms, consulting firms, public accounting firms, or banking and financial institutions.

The program has a more focused curriculum than the MBA, allowing students to expand their understanding of finance for advancement in the field. The program is for those interested in establishing a career in finance or financial services, seeking career advancement or making a career change to the field. Many students ultimately seek to achieve the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

  • Like the MBA program, the MS in Finance program can include an internship or consulting experience with an employer in the finance field.
  • Due to course sequencing, students enrolling in the MS in Finance program begin in the fall quarter.

Drexel University also offers  offer a full-time MS Finance program at the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, California. Please visit the  Sacramento Center's website for additional information.

Admission Requirements

 The following items are required for admissions consideration:

  • GMAT score
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score (for international students)

The admission committee will evaluate your candidacy based on test scores and undergraduate GPA, with some consideration given for work experience. Work experience is preferred and will enhance the composite admission score, but is not mandatory. There is no specific minimum score requirement for GMAT and/or TOEFL as admission is based on a composite score. However, the average GMAT for current graduate students is approximately 600 and TOEFL scores usually exceeds 90.

Please contact Drexel LeBow's Graduate Admissions Office directly with any questions concerning required entrance exams (such as the GMAT), evaluation of undergraduate or graduate records (grades, scores, total years and subjects studied, etc.), and any other issues regarding application to the College's MS in Finance program.

Degree Requirements 

Foundation Courses
BUSN 505Financial Performance of the Firm - Accounting1.5
BUSN 506Financial Performance of the Firm - Finance1.5
BUSN 507Essentials of Economics I1.5
BUSN 508Essentials of Economics II1.5
Required Core Courses
STAT 601Business Statistics3.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
ACCT 601Managerial Accounting3.0
OPR 601Managerial Decision Models and Simulation3.0
Required Finance Courses
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
FIN 602Advanced Financial Management3.0
FIN 622Financial Institutions & Markets3.0
FIN 626Investment Management3.0
FIN 642Business Conditions and Forecasting3.0
FIN 790Seminar in Finance3.0
or FIN 794 Seminar in Investments
Elective Graduate Courses *
Select six of the following:18.0
Macroeconomics
International Economics
Risk Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
International Financial Management
Comparative Financial Analysis
Derivative Securities
Operations Management
Statistical Decision Theory I
Applied Regression Analysis
Individual Taxation
Corporate Taxation
Tax Policy Seminar
Special Topics in Business
Total Credits54.0

*

At least three electives must be finance courses. Courses other than those listed are acceptable with approval of the Finance Department Head or the MS Finance Advisor.

Additional specialization can be achieved by concentrating the six electives in one of the following fields: banking, investments, or systems management.



Finance Faculty

David A. Becher, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financial institutions.
Erik Benrud, PhD, FRM, CAIA, CFA (University of Virginia) Department of Finance. Clinical Professor. Economics/managerial economics: game theory; finance: alternative investments, derivatives.
Jie Cai, PhD (University of Iowa) Department of Finance. Assistant Professor. Investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Thomas Chi-Nan Chiang, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University) Marshall M. Austin Professor of Finance. Professor. International finance; time series analysis of financial data; econometric modeling & forecasting; financial markets; international risk management; monetary theory; macroeconomics; emerging markets; and global country funds.
Naveen Daniel, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Professor. Corporate governance, mutual funds, hedge funds.
Daniel Dorn, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Capital markets and investments; behavioral finance.
Casey Dougal, PhD (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Empirical asset pricing, financial media, behavioral finance, and urban economics.
Eliezer M. Fich, PhD (New York University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Empirical topics in corporate finance.
Michael Joseph Gombola, PhD (University of South Carolina) Head of the Department of Finance. Professor. Stock offerings and repurchases, mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring; working capital management, time series analysis; options and derivatives, financial statement analysis.
Amy Laura Kratchman, MBA (Drexel University) Department of Finance. Clinical Associate Professor. Portfolio management, specifically related to fixed income securities; investment management for pension and mutual fund companies, and fixed income securities.
Edward Nelling, PhD, CFA (University of Pennsylvania-Wharton) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Investments; corporate finance; real estate finance.
Gregory Nini, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Creditor control rights, corporate governance, and firm value; insurance economics.
Patricia Robak, PhD (Lehigh University) Department of Finance. Clinical Associate Professor. Investments, money and banking, international finance.
Diana Sandberg, MS (Drexel University) Department of Finance. Clinical Associate Professor. Portfolio management, derivatives, investment management.
Samuel H. Szewczyk, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial engineering, investment banking, financial institutions.
George Tsetsekos, PhD (The University of Tennessee) Dean, LeBow College of Business. Professor. Valuation and corporate restructuring, treasury and risk/hedging operations, investment banking, securitization, emerging capital markets, multinational finance, bank asset-liability management.
Ralph Walkling, PhD (University of Maryland) Stratakis Professor of Corporate Governance, Department of Finance. Professor. Corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions.
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