Maximize your educational investment.

This accelerated finance program provides you with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in finance in less time at less cost than completing both programs individually. With a combined degree, you’ll have specialized, in-depth financial knowledge and will be prepared to succeed within the increasingly complex financial services industry.

Program Highlights

Benefits you receive as an accelerated finance student include:

  • Completing both degrees in less time
  • Graduate credits taken in undergraduate senior year may apply toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Completing a full-time master’s degree without interrupting your professional career
  • A leg up in the job market upon graduation
  • Opportunities to engage in advanced study
  • Better preparation for advanced credentialing like the CFA exam

Program Requirements

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

While completing the B.S. in finance, you will take any 6 credits of graduate-level courses required for the M.S. degree. These 6 credits will be in lieu of the regular undergraduate elective choices from FINC 313 and FINC 412-419. The 6 credits will be counted towards both degrees.

Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course

Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course with lab
Sophomore Year
First semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
MATH 201 – Statistics I
MISY 160 – Business Computing
Creative Arts and Humanities, History and Cultural Change or foreign language course
Economics elective

Second semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MATH 202 – Statistics II
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
COMM 212 – Oral Communication in Business
Junior Year
First semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
BUAD 306 – Service and Operations Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 312 – Intermediate Financial Management
MATH 230 – Finite Mathematics with Applications

Second semester
ACCT 352 – Business Law and Social Issues
FINC 314 – Investments
Creative Arts and Humanities, History and Cultural Change or foreign language course
ECON 308 – Banking and Monetary Policy
History and Cultural Change breadth course
Senior Year
First semester
Finance elective
Finance elective
English writing requirement
Free elective
Free elective

Second semester
Finance elective
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
Professional elective (ACCT, BUAD, ENTR, FINC or MISY)
Free elective
Free elective

Additional Requirements for the M.S. Degree

The M.S. in finance requires a minimum of 30 credits.

M.S. in Finance Required Courses
FINC 670 – Theory of Financial Decision Making
FINC 671 – Workshop in Finance Seminar
FINC 672 – Workshop in Finance: Empirical Research
ECON 622 – Applied Econometrics I
ACCT 625 – Financial Statement Analysis
FINC 662 – Fixed Income Securities
FINC 651 – Corporate Financial Analysis or FINC 619 – Financial Modeling & Valuation
FINC 652 – Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management or FINC 616 – Derivative Securities & Risk Management
Elective courses (6 credits)
Elective courses can be any pre-approved 600-level FINC, ACCT, STAT, FREC, MATH or 600-level ECON course. Students are not limited to these courses and, with the approval of the program director, other graduate courses can be used to satisfy elective requirements.

Admission to the Accelerated Degree Program

You should apply to the accelerated program in the second semester of your junior year. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirement will be waived; you must meet all other requirements for admission to the M.S. in finance.

Tuition and Fees

During your first four years in the finance program, you pay undergraduate tuition and fees. During the fifth year of study, and any additional time if it becomes necessary, applicable tuition and fees are those for graduate students. The $500 non-refundable deposit required by new admissions will be waived for those participating in the accelerated program.