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Master of Science in Finance (MSF) or the Master of Finance (MFin) programs generally require one to two years and are usually offered as a non-thesis degree. MFin programs focus on more technical roles while MSF focus on financial management and investment management. Both degrees emphasize quantitative topics and may offer some non-quantitative elective coursework, such as corporate governance, business ethics and business strategy.
The MSF program typically prepares graduates for careers in financial management, investment banking and investment management. Thus, the core curriculum is focused in those areas. These topics are generally preceded by more fundamental coursework in economics, managerial accounting and quantitative methods and are often considered a prerequisite for admission or assumed known. The program usually concludes with coursework in advanced topics such as portfolio management, financial modeling, mergers and acquisitions and real options or various quantitative finance topics.
The MFin prepares graduates for more technical roles and focuses on the theory and practice of finance with a strong emphasis on financial economics in addition to financial engineering and computational methods. The MSF core topics are often also covered but in less detail. Elective work includes more specific applications in financial engineering and computational finance and also in corporate finance, private equity and the like. Several of the MSF advanced topics will also be offered, but with a more technical emphasis.
The MFin and MSF programs are intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers both inside and outside the financial industry, including financial engineering and risk management, quantitative asset management, macroeconomic and financial forecasting, quantitative trading and applied research1.
Employers seeking MFin and MSF skill sets include: investment and corporate banks, brokerage firms, financial data providers, asset managers, hedge funds, venture capitalists, ratings firms, consulting firms, insurance companies and treasury and finance departments of major corporations and government departments.