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Master's in Finance

Program Description

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree at The University of Arizona now offers two options of study-the original 12-month, 10 course plus project option and a 16-month, 12 course option.

Options for 12-month and 16-month Programs Now Available

Students entering the program can choose either a 12-month program (two semesters plus a summer project) or 16-month program (three semesters of coursework).

The 12-month program allows students to start the program in August and graduate the next August. This option is designed as an intense one calendar year program running from Fall semester through Summer II semester. Students complete 10 courses and a summer project in Tucson.

The newest option is a 16-month program-from August to the following December. Students take four classes each during fall, spring and the following fall semester for a total of 12 courses. Students have the summer between coursework to complete an internship, return home or travel.

CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The Master's in Finance Program at the University of Arizona has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding the Candidate Body of Knowledge and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

More information on the CFA Program and its value to graduates is available on The CFA Program website. Information on the local chapter is detailed at The Tucson Society of the CFA Institute.


The program is designed with students just completing their bachelor's degree program in mind. Previous work experience is not required and the opportunity cost of completing the program will never be lower.

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Immerse Yourself

The program is an immersive educational experience providing a broad exposure to all areas of finance. Through your elective courses and master's project, you will also have an opportunity to specialize in your area of interest within finance.

All master’s-level finance courses are scheduled to avoid conflicts. As a result, students are given the opportunity to customize their program to match their needs and interests.

The incoming Fall classes will normally be between 25 and 30 students, keeping the classes small and the students connected with the faculty. Many of the classes are also shared with 2nd-year MBA students in the College.

With only a fall start to the program, the curriculum from fall courses builds into more advanced material in the spring semester and following fall semester under the 16-month program design. For the 12-month program, the Master's project is completed under the supervision of a Finance advisor during the Summer sessions following the Fall and Spring coursework.

Positioned for Advancement

The program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance. Through the curriculum, you will develop the advanced analytical and technical financial skills and tools needed for your career in finance and for informed financial decision-making.

Tracks of Specialization

The department offers four tracks in our MSF program: Investment Management, Fixed Income, Corporate Finance, Real Estate Finance. Planning your curricula around these tracks enhances your job opportunities. The department's MSF tracks are designed to help you establish a plan and communicate your plan with recruiters through your resume, cover letters, and interviews. For specific details on courses, tracks and program requirements, please visit Master's in Finance Curriculum.

Degree Requirements

16-month Option

  • 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (12 courses)

12-month Option

  • 30 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (10 courses)
  • 6 credit hours for project / thesis, completed in pairs

Graduation for students starting in the fall is intended to be mid-August or December of the next year, based on the 12-month or 16-month option chosen. Students wishing to enroll part-time can contact the department for details.

(Applicants wishing to attend part-time must meet the same entrance requirements as full-time applicants and complete the same application packages by the prescribed due dates.)

Tuition and Fees

A Master's in Finance degree from the Eller College of Management is one of the best values in graduate education. Our reasonable tuition and the low cost of living in Tucson result in a positive and quick return on your investment. Tuition and fees vary depending on the 12-month or 16-month option chosen, as well as residency status. Estimates of the cost of the two options are available here.

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