Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Completion of the Master of Science in Finance degree requires between 14 and 18 courses, depending on academic background. A prerequisite of one course in calculus is required and may be waived based upon previous academic work or taken as part of the Master of Science in Finance degree.

The curriculum is divided into three sets of courses: a fundamental core, a quantitative core and electives. The fundamental core includes six courses across five disciplines. These introductory courses are required and cover accounting, economics, financial management, investment management, statistics and ethics. The quantitative core consists of four courses that are designed to develop analytical and modeling skills: two financial math and modeling courses, a course on derivative securities, an econometrics class and finally, a capstone course.

A maximum of 4 courses from the fundamental core may be waived for qualified students. MSF candidates choose 7 or 8 electives from a list of more than 15 courses. The electives span three career tracks: corporate finance, risk management and asset management. Students may select electives from any/all career tracks, but we recommend a concentration (four or more courses) in one track. We encourage students to consider ancillary courses outside the Quinlan School of Business, especially math, statistics, computer science and law courses.

For more specific course requirements, review the curriculum planner below: