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Master of Science in Finance

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Get graduate-level training in finance at a Research 1 university in the heart of Chicago.

The Master of Science in Finance at UIC Liautaud is a 32-credit-hour accredited program at a Research 1 university overlooking downtown Chicago. MSF students gain a solid foundation in the principles of modern finance, and specialize in one of four areas: corporate finance, asset management, banking and capital markets, and commodities, derivatives, and financial exchanges. Students perform coursework in the Market Training Lab, a virtual trading center featuring state-of-the-art industry software.

Important Dates

International Applicants

Domestic Applicants

Curriculum

The MSF program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practice of modern finance. The program introduces the latest concepts and issues affecting today’s financial professionals.  

Fast-paced and flexible: Thirty-two credit hour degree program that can be completed in one year full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study). 

Areas of Specialization: 
The program offers tracks including:

  1. Corporate Finance
  2. Asset Management
  3. Commodities, Derivatives, and  Financial Exchanges
  4. Banking & Capital Markets

 

Market Training Lab: Virtual trading center featuring industry software products, and academic research data.   

Financial Certification Preparation: Preparation for professional exams. 

More Information

  • For a full list of requirements, including prerequisites, visit the UIC Catalog
  • For a full list of offered courses, visit the Course Catalog
  • For information about tuition and fees, visit the Tuition Office

Program Outcomes

Preparation for a range of finance occupations. 

Program Faculty

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Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin

Clinical Associate Professor of Finance
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Gib Bassett

Department Head of Finance
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Oleg Bondarenko

Professor of Finance
Collin Baffa, Northern Trust

"The MSF program at UIC bridged the gap between my undergraduate degree in psychology and my interest in financial services. Through the breadth of the coursework and the practical project-based experience, the program helped me reach my goal of becoming an alternative investments analyst with a respected firm."

Collin Baffa, Northern Trust
MSF '15

Student Organizations/Activities

The Graduate Finance and Investment Group (GFIG) sponsors talks by Chicago finance professionals on recent developments in Finance.

Students participate in investment challenge competitions against other universities. 

Career Placements

Financial Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Trader, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Commercial Banking

Resources

The MSF program offers resources to enhance your educational experience including talks by executives from Chicago financial exchanges and trading firms. The market trading lab introduces software used by industry professionals.

Business Career Center

Job search facilitated by the Business Career Center. Professional guidance enables an efficient job search tailored to career goals.

Market Training Lab

The Lab offers tutorials that introduce trading and statistical software.