Curriculum

Earn the finance skills companies want—and need.

As a Kelley MS in Finance student, you will gain critical expertise in finance while developing your business and professional skills. You will be uniquely qualified to help companies navigate the increasingly complex financial environment in which they operate.

Students in the Kelley MS in Finance program will graduate prepared to:

  • Craft and execute innovative financial strategies and solutions for their organizations
  • Provide financial acumen, insight, and discipline to business managers and clients
  • Effectively participate in global financial markets

Students who have an undergraduate business major or minor can complete the full-time, in-residence Kelley MS in Finance program in as little as 11 months (July through May). Students without such qualifications are also eligible to apply but are required to take the month-long "Business Foundations" boot camp to graduate in 12 months (June through May). The Business Foundations course introduces the nonbusiness student to business topics, including financial accounting, data modeling, and economics.

Professional skills and flexibility

The Kelley MS in Finance program is distinguished by the attention it pays to career development in addition to intensive financial training. In addition to continual programmed engagement with Graduate Career Services, the program includes a course in professional development, a practicum course that intensifies practical financial sophistication, and a capstone project-consulting course.

The program also offers tremendous flexibility to cater to students' diverse career interests. As much as half the program consists of directed finance electives, allowing the student to design a bespoke curriculum aimed at corporate finance careers or financial market careers.

Firm foundation

These electives are built on a solid foundation delivered through two core experiences. The summer Finance Core is a concentrated immersion in basic financial economics and introduces students to the foundational principles of finance, including the concepts of complete markets, no-arbitrage pricing, and market efficiency while also covering key topics in accounting, modeling, corporate valuation and professional development. The seven-week fall core continues this foundational development with courses in accounting, asset pricing, spreadsheet modeling, and corporate finance valuation.

Component

Credit hours

Term

Business boot camp (required only for nonbusiness students)

  • BUS-X545 Business Foundations

6.0

Summer (June)

Finance Core (A)

  • BUS-F513 Financial Economics
  • BUS-F516 Corporate Finance & Valuation
  • BUS-X505 Leadership & Professional Development

6.0

Summer (July)

Finance Core (B)

  • BUS-F520 Asset Valuation and Strategy
  • BUS-F540 The Firm in the Capital Markets
  • BUS-A579 Accounting I
  • BUS-K507 Introduction to Spreadsheet Modeling
  • BUS-F579 MSF Practicum I

Directed Finance Electives

12.0

Fall

Capstone Project Course: BUS-F579 MSF Practicum II
Directed Finance Electives

13.5

Spring

Total without business boot camp

31.5

 

Total with business boot camp

37.5

All fall and spring courses are 1.5 credits each and run over seven weeks. BUS-A579 is 3.0 credits.

MS in Finance graduates can tailor their elective choices to fulfill their diverse career dreams. The matrix below provides some examples that illustrate how one can design their program to succeed in such career paths as:

  • Corporate finance (CF)
  • Financial institutions (FI)
  • Investment banking (IB)
  • Investment management (IM)
  • Real estate (RE)

The matrix below maps graduate finance courses to the career paths above.

CoursesMajor
CF Path
Major
FI Path
Major
IB Path
Major
IM Path
Major
RE Path
Electives
BUS-F520
Asset Valuation and Strategy
Required 
BUS-F540
The Firm in the Capital Markets
Required 
BUS-F507
Short-term Financial Management
SelectedSelected    Selected
BUS-F508
Real Options in Capital Budgeting
SelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelected Selected
BUS-F517
Venture Capital & Entrepreneurial Finance
SelectedSelectedSelected   Selected
BUS-F519
Behavioral Finance
      Selected
BUS-F525
Corporate Financial Risk Management
SelectedSelected Selected  Selected
BUS-F526
Derivative Securities
Selected SelectedSelectedSelected Selected
BUS-F528
Fixed Income Investments
SelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelected Selected
BUS-F529
Equity Markets
  SelectedSelected  Selected
BUS-F541
Spreadsheet Modeling for Finance
SelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelected
BUS-F546
Corporate Financial Strategy
Selected Selected Selected Selected
BUS-F548
Corporate Governance and Restructuring
Selected Selected   Selected
BUS-F550
Applied Portfolio Selection
      Selected
BUS-F570
International Financial Markets
SelectedSelectedSelectedSelected  Selected
BUS-F571
International Corporate Finance
Selected  Selected  Selected
BUS-F590
Independent Study in Finance
      Selected
BUS-R510
Real Estate Investment
 SelectedSelected   Selected
BUS-R590
Independent Study in Real Estate
  Selected

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