Master of Science in Finance

Blending theory and application, financial tools and critical soft skills, the Master of Science in Finance is designed to advance your career in corporate finance and investments.

You can complete the master of finance in one year as a full-time student or two years as a part-time student. You’ll gain tangible technical expertise and hands-on application for a long-term career in finance. PSU’s master of finance requires the student to complete 49 credits, four of which are electives students can use to customize their program experience.

  • Full Time: 12 months
  • Part Time: 24 months

Visit the 2020-2021 Bulletin for course details.

    Theory: Core Financial Theory & Concepts

    • Managerial Macroeconomics: FIN 516* (2)
    • Financial Institutions: FIN 531 (2)
    • Hedging & Risk Management: FIN 545 (4)
    • Investments: FIN 552 (4)
    • Financial Management for Financial Analysts: FIN 551 (4)
    • Advanced Financial Reporting: ACTG 550* (4)

    Financial Tools: Quantitative Methods, Data Analysis, Information Systems

    • Blockchain Seminar: FIN 510 (2)
    • Analytics for Managers: ISQA 519 (4)
    • Financial Statement Analysis: ACTG 553 (4)
    • Applied Econometrics for Financial Analysis: FIN 555 (4)

    Application: Strategy, Case Analysis Capstone Consulting

    • Foundations of Strategy: MGMT 511 (2)
    • Corporate Financial Strategies: FIN 565 (4)
    • Finance Capstone Project: FIN 525 (2)

    Soft Skills: Communication, Leadership, Ethics

    • Communication for Leaders: BA 522* (1)
    • Professional Ethics and the Public Interest: ACTG 560 (2)

    *Waivers: Students may be eligible for a waiver of required courses in the MSF program. A waiver is based upon the student holding an undergraduate degree (earned within the previous seven years) in the specific discipline for which the waiver is sought. Specifically, the following courses may be considered for a waiver: FIN 516 (2), ACTG 550 (4), and BA 522 (1). A student can waive a maximum of 4 credit hours, thus reducing the required number of hours in the degree program. Students must apply for waivers only after being admitted and during the Summer prior to entering the program.

    To apply for a waiver, please submit an MSF Waiver Request Form (PDF) to sbagradadvising@pdx.edu with the subject line “MSF Waiver Request: Last Name, First Name”. From the date of submission, you will receive a final decision from the MSF Academic Advisor via email within two weeks. 

    Electives

    Choose 4 Credits:

    • Portfolio Management  FIN 573 (4 credits)
    • Portfolio Assessment  FIN 574 (2)
    • New Venture Finance  FIN 521 (4)
    • Impact Ventures I  FIN 510 (2)
    • Impact Ventures II  FIN 510 (4)
    • Alternative Investments   FIN 544 (2)
    • Alliances & Acquisitions  MGMT 533 (4)
    • Digital Transformation  MGMT 518 (4)
    • Blockchain Fundamentals  ISQA 581S (4)
    • Applied Regression Analysis  ISQA 516 (3)
    • Intro to Machine Learning  GSCM 510 (4)
    • Business Analytics II  GSCM 572 (4)
    • Data Structures for Business  ISQA 522 (2)
    • Learning Applications for Managers  ISQA 523 (2)

    MSF Program Prerequisites

    • Intro to Financial Accounting: BA 211 or equivalent (4)
    • Intro to Managerial Accounting: BA 213 or equivalent (4)
    • Intro to Statistics: STAT 241 or STAT 243 or equivalent (4)

    Prerequisites may be taken at Portland State or another college/university and must be completed before starting the MSF program.


    Orientation

    Orientation is an important part of the MSF experience and is required for all students. Orientation is held in-person in the Karl Miller Center on the PSU campus.

    Fall term: September 12-13, 2020

    Courses are usually scheduled Monday through Thursday and meet once per week at 5:30 p.m. for both full time and part-time students. Fridays and weekends are typically off.

    Full-time students can expect to be on campus four times per week; for part-time students, it will be once or twice each week during most terms.

    Sample Full-Time Schedule

    Term Courses
    Fall Financial Management for Financial Analysts: FIN 551 (4)
    Managerial Macroeconomics: FIN 516 (2)
    Financial Institutions: FIN 531 (2)
    Advanced Financial Reporting: ACTG 550 (4)
    Communication for Leaders: BA 522 (1)
    Winter Financial Statement Analysis: ACTG 553 (4)
    Investments: FIN 552 (4)
    Analytics for Managers: ISQA 519 (4)
    Foundations of Strategy: MGMT 511 (2)
    Spring Hedging & Risk Management: FIN 545 (4)
    Applied Econometrics for Financial Analysis: FIN 555 (4)
    Blockchain Seminar: FIN 510 (2)
    Summer Corporate Financial Strategies: FIN 565 (4)
    Professional Ethics and the Public Interest: ACTG 560 (2)
    Finance Capstone Project: 525 (2)
    Electives (4 Credits, see Curriculum page)

    Sample Part-Time Schedule

    Year 1 Courses
    Fall Financial Management for Financial Analysts: FIN 551 (4)
    Advanced Financial Reporting: ACTG 550 (4)
    Communications for Leaders: BA 522 (recommended) (1)
    Winter Financial Statement Analysis: ACTG 553 (4)
    Investments: FIN 552 (4)
    Spring Blockchain Seminar: FIN 510 (2)
    Summer Professional Ethics and the Public Interest: ACTG 560 (2)
    Year 2 Courses
    Fall Managerial Macroeconomics: FIN 516 (2)
    Financial Institutions: FIN 531 (2)
    Communication for Leaders: BA 522 (1) (if not completed
    during previous Fall term)
    Winter Analytics for Managers: ISQA 519 (4)
    Foundations of Strategy: MGMT 511 (2)
    Spring Hedging & Risk Management: FIN 545 (4)
    Applied Econometrics for Financial Analysis: FIN 555 (4)
    Summer Corporate Financial Strategies: FIN 565 (4)
    Finance Capstone Project: 525 (2)
    Electives (4 Credits, see Curriculum page)

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