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Master of Science in Finance


The Master of Science in Finance program is designed to help students develop technical and analytical skills in the area of finance and to acquire the core conceptual knowledge about the applications of those skills in solving financial issues and furthering the body of knowledge through ongoing research.
Master of Science in Finance students learn from accomplished professors and scholars who are committed to high-quality teaching. Topics include:

  • The ability to value financial assets such as stocks, bonds and derivatives using current valuation methods.
  • A strong understanding of how to evaluate capital budgeting projects.
  • The ability to construct efficient portfolios.
  • A comprehensive understanding of how markets work according to the Efficient Market Hypothesis.

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

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Contact the Finance MS Director

Greg Stone
(775) 682-9174


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


  • 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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Contact the Finance MS Director

Greg Stone
(775) 682-9174


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), if Advanced Microeconomics ECON 702 is to be taken as an elective
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics (equivalent to ECON 303), if Advanced 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.

Contact the Finance MS Director

Greg Stone
(775) 682-9174


Tuition for the MSF program will vary depending on the number of courses needed and the background of the student. To estimate the cost use the cost calculator.

Differential Fee

In April 2011, the Nevada Board of Regents approved a differential fee tuition program to go into effect fall 2011 for master of accountancy (MAcc), master of business administration (MBA), master of science in finance (MSF), and master of science in information systems (MSIS). This involves a course fee in the amount of $100 per credit for graduate level courses in accounting (ACC), business administration (BADM), business (BUS), entrepreneurship (ENT), gaming management (GAM), finance (FIN), information systems (IS), management (MGT), and marketing (MKT). These additional fees will support financial aid of students in the programs, as well as enhance the curriculum and services to the program's students.

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

Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships is available to meet with any students needing information on federal- and state-based financial aid programs.

Contact the Finance MS Director

Greg Stone
(775) 682-9174


Finance Adviser Contact Information:

Greg Stone

Dr. Gregory Stone:  Associate Professor of Finance

Ansari Business AB 311 A
Tel: (775) 682-9174

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