Master of Science in Finance

Prepare for your career in finance in the heart of Chicago.

The Master of Science in Finance Program at UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School is a STEM designated program, just steps from the Chicago Loop – the city’s financial district. As an MSF student, you will gain a solid foundation in the principles of modern finance and specialize your coursework in a sought after field. You will also have the opportunity to perform coursework in our Marketing Training Lab, a virtual trading center featuring state-of-the art industry software including Bloomberg terminals.

The 32-credit-hour program is AACSB accredited and can be completed in one year.

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QS World University Rankings has ranked three UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business programs in their top master’s programs.

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Spring 2020 Admission Deadlines

Summer 2020 Admission Deadlines

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.

STEM-designation: The program is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designated for its focus on advanced quantitative skills.

Fast-paced and flexible: Thirty-two credit hour degree program that can be completed in one year of 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 Page

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Program Faculty

FIN 594 Financial Communication

The ability to effectively communication is a must for a well-rounded financial professional. This course will provide a foundation in written, verbal and visual communication. Instruction will be from a practitioner’s perspective with a focus on honing skills that students will use in their everyday work life.

Those skills go beyond simply being able to write a report about current macroeconomic conditions or put together a slide deck for a roadshow. Learning to write means learning to organize, to analyze, to summarize and to persuade. It means resisting the urge to just dump data or to fall into opaque jargon. The elements behind effective writing directly translate to effective speaking, not to mention self-confidence and credibility in the workplace.

As with other aspects of the industry, financial communication is subject to significant regulatory oversight, particularly when the communication is directed toward the public. Instruction will reflect this reality, with students learning how to create content that meets required compliance standards

For more information, contact Terry Badger.

FIN 594 Behavioral Finance

Standard finance theory assumes that market participants are rational, an assumption that leaves basic facts of the stock market unexplained. By assuming that some investors aren’t fully rational, behavioral finance better explains some financial phenomena. This course will focus on two areas: limits to arbitrage and how rational traders react to irrational traders, and investor psychology and the deviations from full rationality we can expect to find in financial markets.

For more information, contact Andriy Bodnaruk.

FIN 594 Securities Markets and Trading

Learn how securities are traded in modern electronic financial markets. You’ll uncover the design, operation, and regulation of trading processes with a special emphasis placed on trading simulations related to agency trading, liability trading and market making. This course is suited to people who plan to work or are interested in securities exchanges and high-frequency trading.

In Their Own Words

Kaushik Kompella, Senior Associate, PwC MSF '18

“In today’s world, no matter which field we belong to, innovation by incorporating technology is the key to succeed and propel forward. Likewise, UIC’s MSF Program has followed a similar approach in developing an innovative curriculum! The MSF Program at UIC is an enriching experience. The great part is that it’s a STEM program where most of the courses are quantitative and analytics-driven. The coursework is designed in such a way that there is a good blend of conceptual and practical learning. This includes usage of state of the art tools which are currently employed in the industry. I would highly recommend this program to any individual focussing to build a career in Fin/FinTech domains.”

Kaushik Kompella, Senior Associate, PwC  |  MSF '18

Student Organizations/Activities

The Graduate Finance and Investment Group 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

Additional Information

UIC Business offers the resources you need to take your career to new heights.

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.