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Master of Science in Finance

Professional opportunities in finance are changing dramatically as technology has revolutionized  access toUIC Liautaud MSF information, speed of transactions and ability to gather and analyze data.  UIC is introducing a thirty-two credit hour Master of Science in Finance degree that can be completed in one year of  full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study).  The program prepares students with a wide variety of skills including, financial analysis, trading, risk management, corporate management, venture capital, investment banking, commercial banking, governmental and non-profit finance.


The UIC Liautaud Master of Science in Finance program prepares highly qualified individuals for professional careers in finance. The one-year program emphasizes a strong foundation in the financial principles that underlie modern finance. For students seeking employment in the wide range of finance occupations in both the private and public sectors, the program takes full advantage of the leading global financial markets in Chicago. Students will be equipped with the leading technology for accessing financial information in our state-of-the-art Trading Lab.

For those who seek professional certification, investment in the MSF program offers a valuable return. Graduates of the UIC Liautaud program will be well prepared to take the professional exams that measure the competence and integrity of financial analysts. They will also be prepared for certifications in independent risk management and decision making. Holders of these certificates gain a competitive edge and are typically rewarded with higher salaries.

The finance department at UIC is a leader in the financial services industry centered in Chicago. Our research-oriented faculty emphasize innovative and developing areas of finance, including risk management, derivatives, corporate finance, portfolio management, banking and global financial markets. Exposure to finance research is an important element of the program and gives our students a first look at the newest insights and trends across the evolving financial landscape.

Degree Requirements

Degree candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for 32 hours counting toward the degree.

Required Courses: (12 hours)
Corporate Finance
Quantitative Methods in Finance

Elective Courses: Select 5 below (20 hours)
Elective courses will be selected in consultation with an adviser with the intent to meet the educational goals and occupational needs of the student. Courses can be chosen from the following list of approved electives. Other courses may be elected with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. At most, 8 hours can be in disciplines other than Finance.

Portfolio Analysis
Theory and Structure of Options and Future Markets
Commodities, Energy and Related Markets
Money and Banking
Capital Markets
Asset Management
International Finance
Empirical Issues in Finance
Market Microstructure and Electronic Trading
Chicago Exchanges
Special Topics
Independent Study

Financial Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Corporate Valuation & Accounting Information

Information and Decision Sciences
Data Mining for Business
Business Research and Forecasting
Time Series Analysis


Students are expected to have successfully completed prior study comparable to the following courses, or demonstrate appropriate comparable work experience, before beginning the MS in Finance program:

- Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACTG 210/ 211 or ACTG 500)
- Introduction to Finance (FIN 301/302 or FIN 500)
- Business Statistics and/or Quantitative Methods (IDS 371 or FIN 330)

For applicants with limited to no background in the above areas, these courses will be added to their 32-credit program of study. The number of courses that can be added ranges from 1-3 additional courses, depending on an applicant’s background and is determined at the time of admission.