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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Finance (FIN)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 52.0801
College of Business Administration (BA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Business Administration
Finance Department (DEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue BSN3403
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Yuting DiGiovanni
Phone: 813-974-6358


Faculty Search: Business Administration Faculty List

Program Information

The M.S. in Finance offers a curriculum that concentrates on both finance and economics concepts. Students who complete the M.S. in Finance will be better prepared to succeed in careers in the financial world, especially in positions that require specialized knowledge about various finance topics.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: July 1
Summer: January 1

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • GMAT score of 550 or higher.
  • Undergraduate upper-level GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • International applicants from non English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the internet-based test.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in business must complete the following tools before taking courses for which they are prerequisites

Pre-requisite Tools Courses - 10 hours
ACG 6026 (3*) Accounting Concepts for Managers
ECO 6005 (3*) Economics Concepts for Managers
FIN 6406 (2) Financial Management
QMB 6305 (2) Managerial Decision Analysis

Students must successfully (a grade of A or B) complete equivalent courses in each of these areas prior to taking MSF courses. Tools course can be waived, with the permission of the program director, if the student earned an A or B in these courses or equivalent courses at an AACSB accredited institution within five years of entering the MSF program.

Total Minimum Program Hours - 30 hours

Core Quantitative Methods 3 hours
Select one of the following:
ECO 6424 (3) Econometrics I
QMB 6375 (3) Applied Linear Statistical Models

Core Finance - 12 hours
FIN 6416 (3) Advanced Financial Mgmt
FIN 6465 (3) Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 6515 (3) Investments
FIN 6445 (3) Financial Policy
(FIN 6445 must be taken at the end of the program after the other core courses are completed.)

Core finance courses may be waived for students who graduated with finance majors from AACSB accredited programs within five years of entering the M.S. in Finance program. Only courses with the same content as the core finance courses can be used to satisfy the M.S. in Finance course requirements, and students must have earned grades of A or B to have such courses waived. Advanced finance courses must be substituted for waived courses.

Advanced Finance Electives - 15 hours
To satisfy the 15 hours of electives, students can complete any of the graduate courses offered in the Department of Finance or approved graduate courses offered in the Economics Department (a list of approved courses will be posted each year). Students can satisfy up to six credit hours of electives by taking graduate courses offered in other departments and colleges as long as the courses are approved in advance.

Comprehensive Exam

Additional Information Regarding Curriculum
Leadership, teamwork, communication skills and organizational change are emphasized. Much of the curriculum is delivered through case studies, class discussion, exercises, group projects, video taped role-playing, simulations, and prominent guest speakers from the local business and non-profit community. Emphasis is placed on student participation and teamwork. All courses include writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECO6115, ECO6205, ECO6206, ECO6936, ECO6424, FIN6416, FIN6515, FIN6804, FIN6445, FIN6246, FIN6326, FIN6418, FIN6605, FIN6934, FIN6934, FIN6934,