Northwood University's Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree blends courses in finance, accounting and economics to offer a graduate education in all aspects of finance. The MSF is designed to introduce students to advanced methods for analyzing financial data and will provide them with the skill set to propose, structure and execute financial and/or operational strategies for their companies. Students will also learn how to benchmark results and modify original plans as appropriate. The program is designed to provide substantive courses to prepare students to succeed in diverse settings that include, but are not limited to, corporate finance, banking, financial services, and healthcare. Enrollees in the program who desire to seek the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation will be introduced to the concepts tested on that exam.
Our courses are offered in a variety of learning modalities during Spring, Summer and Fall semesters at our Troy, Michigan campus. This program can also be completed online. These classes utilize leading edge technology as support. Northwood classes are taught by faculty members who bring real-life executive experience and application-based scholarship into the classroom.
Twelve courses (36 credit hours) including six core courses, two degree electives, three general business electives, and a capstone course.
|Core Courses||6 Courses||18 total credit hours|
|Core Electives||2 Courses||6 total credit hours|
|General Electives||3 Courses||9 total credit hours|
|Capstone Course||1 Course||3 total credit hours|
|Program Totals||12 Courses||36 total credit hours|
|Core Courses (6 required courses):|
|BUS 5000 - Strategic Business Analysis||3 credit hours|
|ECN 5100 - Microeconomics||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5100 - Accounting Principles and Practice||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5110 - Corporate Finance||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5120 - Investments||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5130 - Financial Statement Analysis||3 credit hours|
|Finance Core Electives (Select 2 of the following courses):|
|FIN 5200 - Entrepreneurial Finance||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5210 - Mergers and Acquisitions||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5230 - Risk Management and Derivatives||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5240 - Real Estate||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5250 - Global Finance||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5260 - Business Financial Strategic Planning||3 credit hours|
|FIN 5270 - Seminar in Financial Topics||3 credit hours|
|MGT 5220 - Business Ethics||3 credit hours||General Electives:|
|Select three courses from the graduate level curriculum within any of the Finance, Accounting, Tax, Applied Economics or Organizational Leadership programs.|
|Capstone Course (required to select 1 course):|
|FIN 6000 - Corporate Case Studies||3 credit hours|
|FIN 6100 - Portfolio Management||3 credit hours|
- Current Verifiable Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts: Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended, including the institution where a baccalaureate degree was awarded are required. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.
- Professional Graduate Information Session: Consists of an interview with a DeVos Graduate School Admissions Representative and a writing sample exercise.
EMPLOYMENT IN FINANCE
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial managers is projected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022, and "candidates with a master's degree or certification should enjoy the best job prospects."