Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Completion of the Master of Science in Finance degree requires 12 courses, with additional prerequisite courses depending on academic background.

The curriculum is divided into three sets of courses: prerequisites, required courses, and electives. The required courses are designed to develop strong analytical and modeling skills. The electives include three career tracks — corporate finance, risk management, and asset management — and are aligned with professional designations including CFA, FRM, and CAIA. Ethical decision-making is woven throughout the program, which will help position you as a responsible leader in your organization.

Prerequisites* (5)

  • Calculus: MATH 131, MATH 161, or equivalent
  • Principles of Micro/Macroeconomics: ECON 420, ECON 201, ECON 202, or equivalent 
  • Statistics: ISSCM 491, ISSCM 241, STAT 103, STAT 203, or equivalent
  • Introductory Accounting: ACCT 400, ACCT 201, or equivalent
  • Business Finance: FINC 450, FINC 334, or equivalent

* The prerequisite requirement is met if you have completed a minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credit hours) of comparable content in the prerequisite subject area within the last seven years with a grade of B (or equivalent) or higher.

Required Courses (9)

Electives (Choose 3)

Choose three elective courses from one of the following three career tracks: corporate finance, asset management, and risk management.

Corporate Finance (CFA)

Asset Management (CFA/CAIA)

Risk Management (FRM/CAIA)