Major: Finance
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 54.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3031;13-2052; 13-2041; 13-2051

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 typically begin in the fall quarter.

Full-time, Part-Time and Online Options 

Visit LeBow College's web site for information about additional MS Finance options.

Admission Requirements

 The following items are required for admissions consideration:

  • GMAT or GRE score (GMAT preferred)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS 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 exceed 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.

Degree Requirements 

Foundation Courses
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
Required Core Courses
STAT 610Statistics for Business Analytics3.0
Required Finance Courses
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
FIN 602Advanced Financial Management3.0
FIN 622Financial Institutions & Markets3.0
FIN 624Risk Management3.0
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 eight (8) of which four (4) must be in Finance from the following:24.0
Managerial Accounting
Managerial Economics
International Economics
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Corporate Governance
Entrepreneurial Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
International Financial Management
Comparative Financial Analysis
Derivative Securities
Advanced Portfolio Management
Applied Portfolio Management
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data
Managing with Enterprise Application Software using SAP - Logistics
Managing with Enterprise Application Software using SAP-Accounting & Analytics
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Operations Research I
Operations Management
Statistical Sampling
Statistical Decision Theory I
Applied Regression Analysis
Datamining for Managers
Data Mining for Business Analytics
Individual Taxation
Corporate Taxation
Tax Policy Seminar
Total Credits54.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
STAT 610Statistics for Business Analytics3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
FIN 602Advanced Financial Management3.0
FIN 626Investment Management3.0
FIN 642Business Conditions and Forecasting3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Term 4
FIN 622Financial Institutions & Markets3.0
FIN 624Risk Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
FIN 794Seminar in Investments3.0
or Elective 
 Term Credits9.0
Term 6
FIN 790Seminar in Finance3.0
Or Elective 
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 54.0

About the Graduate Minor

The program provides background in all three functional areas of Finance: Corporate Financial Management, Investments and Financial Institutions. This background will provide an understanding of Finance for professionals who interface with financial managers or need an understanding of financial principles in their related profession.

This minor is open to all graduate students in any college in the university. Students pursuing an MS in Finance cannot have a minor in Finance.

Program Requirements

FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
FIN 602Advanced Financial Management3.0
FIN 622Financial Institutions & Markets3.0
FIN 626Investment Management3.0
Total Credits12.0


In fall 2013, LeBow College opened its 12-story, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, with a finance trading lab, behavioral studies lab and integrated teaching technology in all classrooms. The new building features two lecture halls, 15 classrooms of varying sizes and seating configurations, including case study rooms and cluster classrooms designed to facilitate group work. Other amenities consist of extensive areas of student spaces, including 12 collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student lounges. Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students and staff, in a state of the art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Finance Faculty

David A. Becher, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financial institutions.
Gloria Bell Adjunct Instructor. Social Media. Over 30 years of successful business operations, communications, event management, and entrepreneurial experience; Co-Founder and Operations Director of The Women In Tech Summit and as an advisor to TechGirlz.
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. Associate 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). Associate 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) Department Chair, Finance. Professor. Stock offerings and repurchases, mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring; working capital management, time series analysis; options and derivatives, financial statement analysis.
Jennifer Juergens, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Assistant Professor. Corporate Control and Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance; Executive Compensation; Investments; Securities Analysts
Amy Kratchman, MBA (Drexel University). Associate Clinical Professor. Investments; Portfolio Management
Michelle Lowry, PhD (University of Rochester) TD Bank Endowed Professor. Empirical corporate finance, including initial public offerings, mergers, and corporate governance
Edward Nelling, PhD, CFA (University of Pennsylvania-Wharton) Department of Finance. 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. Associate Clinical Professor. Investments, money and banking, international finance.
John Robinson, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Board of Directors; Capital Structure; Executive Compensation
Diana Sandberg, MS (Drexel University) Department of Finance. Associate Clinical 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 Emeritus, LeBow College of Business; Francis Professor of Finance. 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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