Ranked No. 8 nationally by the Financial Times, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at the David Eccles School of Business is on the rise. Designed to develop innovative thinkers who will lead the next generation of financial and investment managers, the MSF degree adds clout to your resume and expands your career options. Modern finance is changing even more rapidly than the rest of the world, and tomorrow’s financial leaders must be able not only to react, but also to redefine their own institutions.
The momentum and excellence of our MS Finance students is recognized nationally. In addition to our No. 8 ranking in the Financial Times, the MSF program is ranked 20 by The Financial Engineering Times. This marks the third year in a row the University of Utah has made the list for top Master of Finance programs, increasing 27 spots in two years. Rankings are based on GMAT scores, mean starting salaries and bonuses, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, and job placement upon graduation.
The David Eccles School of Business offers professional career management services and an MSF-dedicated career coach to provide students with guidance on all aspects of finding a great career. Students have access to recruiting events, an exclusive jobs database and one-on-one consultations with their career coach. These resources have yielded powerful results for MS Finance students.
MS Finance students have the ability to participate in various experiential learning opportunities throughout the program, including the University Venture Fund, program-led consulting projects and internships. Students also have opportunities to attend national study trips and explore the finance culture and processes of various companies. Past trips have included San Francisco and New York City.
The intimate size of the MSF program offers lots of flexibility, both in terms of scheduling and academic interest. While the program can be completed in as little as nine months, roughly half of our students study part-time while maintaining an existing career. The program director works closely with students to tailor a curriculum that fits both their interests and their schedule.
The application of financial concepts is one of the primary benefits of our graduate finance curriculum. Theories discussed in undergraduate courses will be expanded upon and developed into practical skills as you learn analytical and modeling techniques that will enable you to forecast, value and strategize for the wide range of financial instruments available in the marketplace. Students exit the program with hands-on experience and real-world finance skills.
Our strong elective-to-core ratio offers one of the most flexible programs of study as compared to national graduate finance programs. Students can specialize, customize and start taking courses in their field of interest almost immediately. Out of the 30 credit hours, 15 credits are open for electives, allowing for maximum flexibility.
The David Eccles School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB is the premier accrediting body of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide. Less than 5 percent of the business schools worldwide have achieved this elite distinction.