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Finance, Master of Science Degree


Overview


The Master of Science in Finance program was ranked in the top 50 Graduate Finance programs by Masters Degrees Online. The program is designed to help students develop technical and analytical in the area of finance and to acquire the core conceptual knowledge about the applications of those skills in solving financial business problems and furthering the body of knowledge through ongoing research.

This program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required to successfully attain professional certifications. The professional certifications that the program will target are the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) and the Certified Treasury Professionals (CTP). The program will consist of a broad core set of courses covering economic theory, statistical applications in finance and theory of financial concepts.

The MSF program consists of two options: option A (thesis option) with 30 credits and option B (non-thesis option) with 33 credits.

Courses


The program consists of two choices: Plan A (non-thesis) with 33 credits and Plan B (thesis) with 30 credits.

Plan A (non-thesis):

  • ECON 702 - Advanced Microeconomics 3 OR
  • BADM 730 - Economics in the Firm 3
  • BADM 741 - Financial Management 3
  • BADM 742 - Research Methods in Finance 3
  • BADM 743 - Investment Management 3
  • FIN 620 - International Finance 3
  • Approved Electives * 18

Total : 33

Plan B (thesis):

  • ECON 702 - Advanced Microeconomics 3 OR
  • BADM 730 - Economics in the Firm 3
  • BADM 741 - Financial Management 3
  • BADM 742 - Research Methods in Finance 3
  • BADM 743 - Investment Management 3
  • FIN 620 - International Finance 3
  • Approved Electives * 9
  • BADM 797 Thesis 6

Total : 30

Electives

  • FIN 610 - Derivatives
  • FIN 604 - Financial Management Theory and Practice
  • BADM 744 - Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • BADM 745 - Commercial Bank Management
  • BADM 746 - Corporate Treasury Management
  • BADM 748 - Real Estate Finance
  • FIN 693 - Advanced Seminar in Finance
  • ECON 703 - Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON 641 - Econometrics

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Admissions


Specific Prerequisites

In order to pursue a program leading to an advanced degree, you should meet the criteria for both the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School and the Finance Area of the MGRS Department MSF program. All applications are reviewed by the MSF admission committee. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the committee. Applications approved by the committee are forwarded to the Graduate School for final disposition. Admission requirements, procedures and deadlines are described below.

Application Deadlines:

Students may apply for admission into the MSF program for either the fall or spring semesters.

In order to be considered for the fall semester, all application materials must be received by March 15.
To be considered for spring admission, application materials must be received by October 15.

Application Procedure:

The following documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs, University of Nevada, Reno:

  • A completed and signed Application for Admission form.
  • A $60.00 non-refundable application fee. ($40 non-refundable fee for University of Nevada, Reno Grads.)
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university where work has been completed or is in progress.
  • The official report of the GMAT or GRE.
The following documents must be submitted to the MSF Program Director:
  • Three letters of recommendations.
  • Statement of Purpose for pursuing the Master Degree in Finance, addressing the student’s particular interest in Finance and his or her future professional and/or academic goals.

Admission Criteria:

Graduate School Requirements:

  1. Grade Point Average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.0, or an average of 3.25 or higher for the courses taken during the last half of the undergraduate program.
  2. A baccalaureate (or an advanced) degree from an accredited four-year institution; any major is acceptable.

Finance Area of MGRS Department MSF Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) with a minimum score of 1100. Students must also place in the 20th percentile or higher in each portion (verbal, written, and quantitative) of the exam. [These minimum scores are subject to change.]
  2. All students are expected to be proficient in word processing, and are also expected to be able to use computers to analyze and solve business problems using software such as spreadsheets, statistical packages, and databases.
  3. If the applicant does not meet all of the preceding requirements, admission to graduate standing on a carefully prescribed basis may sometimes be considered.
  4. International student applicants must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL) indicating an ability to speak, write and understand the English Language sufficiently. The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 550. International students may be required to complete additional Intensive English courses during their first semester in the program. The TOEFL will be waived for students who have completed degree programs conducted in English in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, or New Zealand.
  5. Students must completed the following courses within fives years of admittance to the program:

    • Basic Calculus (equivalent to MATH 176)
    • Statistics of Decision Making (equivalent to BADM 700)
    • Financial Reporting and Accounting (equivalent to BADM 710)
    • Intermediate Microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 302)
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics (equivalent to ECON 303), if Advance Macroeconomics ECON 703 is to be taken as an elective\

Specific Prerequisites

A bachelor degree in business or finance is not required for admission. Students without an undergraduate degree in finance or business normally earn the MSF degree by completing the aforementioned set pre-core courses.

International Students:

For international student information, please consult the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Tuition


MSF tuition cost for a Nevada resident varies. For the spring semester of 2012, the tuition costs are as follows:

Resident Tuition

$351.50 per credit

The per credit fee includes the $100 differential tuition charged for graduate classes in certain degree programs.

Total tuition cost based on 2012 tuition and 30 credits is $10,545.

Nonresident Tuition

$351.50 per credit PLUS

  • Part-Time (1-6 graduate credits for graduate students) - $263.50 per credit OR
  • Full-Time (7 or more credits) - $6,645.00

The per credit fee includes the $100 differential tuition charged for graduate classes in certain degree programs.

The tuition costs do not include student fees, insurance fees, parking fees, and other incidental fees. The estimated costs for textbooks and other fees is $2,733 per student (total program).

More information about tuition and fees at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information about grants, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Advising


Finance Adviser Contact Information:

Greg Stone

Dr. Gregory Stone:  Associate Professor of Finance

Ansari Business AB 311 A
Tel: (775) 784-9174
gstone@unr.edu



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