Financial Analysis

Major: Financial Analysis
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0304
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3031

About the Program

The MS in Financial Analysis 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 is designed to build on an undergraduate business program in order to prepare the student for specialized careers in finance and to prepare for certification programs in finance such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

The program can be completed in one academic year but is also available for part-time students who are establishing their careers.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree from an American AACSB accredited school. Transcripts, 2 letters of recommendations, GMAT/GRE test score, Resume, Essay.

Additional Information

More information can be found on the LeBow College of Business MS in Financial Analysis page.

Degree Requirements

Required Core
ECON 550Econometrics3.0
OPR 601Managerial Decision Models and Simulation3.0
STAT 610Statistics for Business Analytics3.0
Required Finance
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 Courses15.0
Any 2 Graduate FIN courses
Any 3 Graduate-Level Business Courses
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
OPR 601Managerial Decision Models and Simulation3.0
STAT 610Statistics for Business Analytics3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ECON 550Econometrics3.0
FIN 602Advanced Financial Management3.0
FIN 622Financial Institutions & Markets3.0
FIN 626Investment Management3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
FIN 624Risk Management3.0
FIN 642Business Conditions and Forecasting3.0
FIN 790
or 794
Seminar in Finance
Seminar in Investments
3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 45.0

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.
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) Denis O’Brien Research Scholar in Finance. Associate Professor. Corporate governance, mutual funds, hedge funds, executive compensation
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.
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.
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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