Tracks

The Finance Department has organized its programs around two tracks to assist Eller College Master's in Finance students in career planning.

Planning your curricula around these tracks enhances your job opportunities. The department's tracks are designed to help you establish a plan and communicate your plan with recruiters through your resume, cover letters, and interviews.

Track Requirements

All Master's in Finance (MSF) tracks require a total of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework in finance (or 10 courses total, 5 classes taken both Fall and Spring semester). Additional, MSF students must complete a master's project of 6 credit hours working in pairs (completed during the summer following coursework). Ideally, projects will be structured to add to students' knowledge gained in the coursework of their chosen tracks.

Students entering the program in Fall 2017 or later, please scroll down or link below for details on a particular track of study:

Students graduating from the MSF program in December 2017 or earlier, please link here for details on tracks of study available to you.

These tracks consist of specific required courses and other select alternatives as identified. Excel worksheets are available for each track to help students plan their program of study. Please check the MSF Course listing for a full listing of finance courses that may be selected to complete the 10 course requirement, in addition to the finance track requirements.

Investment Management

The Investment Management track is designed for students seeking a career in investment management/capital markets. The program will also help students prepare to take the levels I and II Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. Students willing to devote additional CFA exam preparation time should be well qualified to sit for the CFA level 1 exam in June after the two MSF semesters of coursework.

Each year the Finance Department and the Tucson CFA Society identify a number of worthy candidates to receive scholarships for the CFA exam. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Coursework

The following eight classes are required in this track:

In addition, it is recommended that students pursuing this track apply for admission to the following classes:

In addition, students pursuing this track must select at least three classes from the following list:

Students may also need to select additional classes from the master's level finance electives offered during the program to complete the 10 required courses.

An Excel worksheet is available to help students plan their finance courses within the Investment Management track.

Careers

The Investment Management track is designed to enable students to pursue a CFA designation and a career in professional investment management. Good starting positions are available at asset management and brokerage firms, bank trust departments, state and local pension funds, and insurance companies. Careers-in-Finance offers good insight into a few of the types of positions and day-to-day work in these fields.

Corporate Finance Track

The corporate finance track is designed to familiarize students with the financial decisions made and decision-making tools used by corporate financial managers.

Coursework

The following five classes are required in this track:

In addition, students pursuing this track must select at least three classes from the following list:

Students must also select two classes from the master's level finance electives offered during the program.

An Excel worksheet is available to help students plan their finance courses within the Fixed Income track.

Careers

The Corporate Finance track is designed to enable students to pursue a wide variety of fascinating careers at the world's top companies whose main business is not finance. These companies need finance professionals in the treasury, planning and budgeting, and strategic planning and risk management areas. Careers-in-Finance offers good insight into the types of positions and day-to-day work in these fields.

 

All courses are three units. 
Course offerings are subject to change.

For additional information, please contact us.