Master of Science in Finance - MSF | University of Portland

Master of Science in Finance - MSF

Connect to real world finance and top business leaders.Our Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree program has a rigorous and quantitative curriculum that integrates theories and applications from economics, accounting, mathematics, strategy, and other fields.

Students will graduate with well-developed competencies in evaluating complex financial problems, employing statistical and econometric techniques, and recommending financial solutions to stakeholders.


The Master of Science in Finance degree program has a STEM designation. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The The U.S. government recognizes expertise in the data science fields, such as this degree in finance, as an important driver of innovation and job creation. It is also a designation that is highly regarded by employers.

The program is a 30 credit-hour (ten semester-long classes) Master of Science degree. The specific focus on finance allows for more flexibility in course work than an accounting/finance dual degree. The coursework overlaps tightly with material covered in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) licensing exam.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland.  It is strongly recommended that applicants have at least three to four years of professional experience after their completed bachelor's degree to fully benefit from the program. The GMAT requirement is currently waived for all business graduate program applicants.

Degree Options

Students can choose one of two programs within the MSF degree: a thesis option or a non-thesis option.

  • Thesis Option - 27 hours beyond the common body of knowledge; 3-hour thesis course
  • Non-thesis Option - 30 hours beyond the common body of knowledge

Program Prerequisites

  • Common body of knowledge (CB) requirements include: financial accounting, managerial accounting, principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, and business statistics. 
  • Statistics
  • *All students are required to take or test out this course with a competency exam


For more information on Curriculum, Admission and Tuition, please visit UP's Graduate School.