Finance (MS)


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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This program offered by Walker School of Business & Technology

Program Description

The master of science (MS) in finance is designed to provide a quantitative and comprehensive examination of the finance field. Students will advance through corporate finance, investments, and market instruments and institutions. Additionally, students will experience significant exposure to supporting coursework in the closely related fields of accounting and economics. A capstone experience will tie together the major finance topics, with a significant focus on mergers and acquisitions, and will expose students to literature, and the analysis thereof, pertinent to the field.

After a comprehensive examination of the field, students may choose their electives to satisfy their specific career goals. Students desiring to take advanced certification, such as the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner), will want to take advanced courses in Derivatives, Financial Statement Analysis, Investments and Portfolio Management, while students interested in pursuing careers in other fields may want to take Entrepreneurial Finance, or similar advanced topics offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

This program is offered online, at the St. Louis home campus, and at select campuses in the United States and internationally. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

acbsp logoThe MS in finance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can determine the value of financial assets.
  2. Students can analyze the financial decisions of a corporation.
  3. Students can evaluate credit and interest rate risk.

Program Curriculum

The MS in finance requires successful completion of 37 credit hours including 28 required credit hours and 9 credit hours of electives. The following courses are required for the MS in finance:

  • BUSN 6070 Management Accounting (3 hours)
  • BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics (3 hours)
  • FINC 5000 Finance (3 hours)
  • FINC 5210 Investments (3 hours)
  • FINC 5810 Capital Budgeting and Corporate Investments (3 hours)
  • FINC 5830 Institutions and Financial Markets (3 hours)
  • FINC 5840 International Finance (3 hours)
  • FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance (3 hours)
  • FINC 6290 Financial Strategies (3 hours)
  • WSBT 5000 Career Success for the 21st Century (1 hour)


  • BUSN 5600 Accounting Theory and Practice (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5620 Current Economic Analysis (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics (3 hours)

Note: Program prerequisites are to be completed before beginning coursework for the MS in finance for those students who have not completed prerequisite courses (or an appropriate equivalent) within five years of entering the program and having earned a grade of B or better. If the appropriate prerequisite course content was completed longer than five years prior to entering the program, the department will allow a waiver if the student demonstrates a command of the content area by successfully completing a waiver examination. The prerequisite courses BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5620 may not count as electives in the 37-credit-hour MS in finance.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119