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Masters in Finance

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Technology has transformed finance. Let us get you up to speed.

The UIC Liautaud Master of Science in Finance program is designed to help you take advantage of rapidly growing opportunities in finance. In our 32-credit-hour accredited program, you’ll develop a solid foundation in the principles that underlie modern finance.  Under the guidance of top-tier research professors who ask (and answer) questions that change how people worldwide think about finance, you’ll graduate at the forefront of the changing face of finance.

As part of a Top 100 research university, you will be exposed to important financial research throughout all elements of the program. We also bring the latest research into the classroom — years before it is written into textbooks. Our goal: when the world of finance changes (and it will), you will be prepared for the opportunities that arise. 


Important Dates

International Applicants

Domestic Applicants


Technology has revolutionized the world of finance, from trading to portfolio construction to risk management.  Access to information has exploded, transactions are now faster, and even how we analyze data has changed.  Life moves fast, and our program is designed to get you up-to-speed quickly. 

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). 

Not the typical classroom experience: Advanced courses like The Chicago Exchanges and Fixed Income and Structured Products. 

The Power of a Research University:  The Finance Department was ranked number 23 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). Every spring the International Center for Futures and Derivatives hosts an audience of 300 hedge fund managers, heads of research, government regulators and academics from around the world at the R/Finance conference. 

Financial certification preparation: Preparation to pass key 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

You will leave the program prepared for a wide range of finance occupations in both the private and public sectors. 

Career Outcomes: financial analyst, trader, risk management, corporate finance, venture capitalist, investment banking; commercial; banking; financial policy and regulation; nonprofit finance

If you are seeking professional certification, investment in the MSF program offers a valuable return. You will be well prepared to take the professional exams that measure the competence and integrity of financial analysts, financial planners, and alternative investment analysts as well as certifications in independent risk management and decision making. Holders of these certificates gain a competitive edge and are typically rewarded with higher salaries.




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