Degree Requirements

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From Seattle University's 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog
All required and elective courses are 3 credits, unless indicated otherwise. Courses taken to satisfy prerequisites do not count for any credits toward graduation.

45 credits to completion

I. Preparatory Coursework

  • Financial Accounting
  • Basic Finance
  • Statistics

Download the MSF Prerequisite Guide document for options for completing the prerequisites.

Note: students without previous coursework in these three areas will be required to take these courses at another University, at Seattle University or online.

II. Core Required Courses

(15 credits)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BETH 5120 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility 3
FINC 5050 Corporate Financial Management 3
FINC 5100 Investments 3
FINC 5110 Financial Markets & Institutions 3
FINC 5130 Quantitative Tools for Financial Analysis 3

NOTE: Students with previous comparable course work with a B- (2.70) or better will need to substitute any relevant classes with other Finance classes.

III. Recommended Tracks

(15 credits)

Five courses chosen from one or more of the recommended career tracks below:

We recommend that a student concentrate in one of the three career tracks here. However, a student may select classes from any of the tracks.

Financial Analyst/Investments

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT 5110 Intermediate Financial Accounting l 3
FINC 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
FINC 5305 Finance for International Business 3
FINC 5105 Valuation of Derivatives 3
FINC 5120 Portfolio Management 3
FINC 5310 Financial Risk Management 3
FINC 5320 Advanced Topics in Investments 3
FINC 5330 Fixed Income Analysis 3
FINC 5335 Hedge Funds 3
FINC 5345 Personal Financial Planning 3

Risk Management

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT 5110 Intermediate Financial Accounting l 3
FINC 5105 Valuation of Derivatives 3
FINC 5115 Corporate Investment Decisions 3
FINC 5120 Portfolio Management 3
FINC 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
FINC 5305 Finance for International Business 3
FINC 5310 Financial Risk Management 3
FINC 5325 Real Options Analysis 3
FINC 5330 Fixed Income Analysis 3
FINC 5350 History of Financial Crises - Implications for the Future 3

Corporate Finance

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT 5110 Intermediate Financial Accounting l 3
ACCT 5370 Valuation for Financial Reporting 3
FINC 5115 Corporate Investment Decisions 3
FINC 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
FINC 5305 Finance for International Business 3
FINC 5310 Financial Risk Management 3
FINC 5315 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
FINC 5325 Real Options Analysis 3
FINC 5330 Fixed Income Analysis 3
FINC 5500 Cases in Managerial Finance 3

IV. Supportive Fields Electives

(9 Credits)

Choose 3 of the following options:

  • FINC courses: other Finance courses from Section III above.*
  • Business Analytics courses: e.g., Communicating and Visualizing Data, etc.
  • ECON courses: e.g., Macroeconomics, Business Forecasting, etc.
  • ACCT courses: e.g., Intermediate Accounting I and II, Federal Taxation I, etc.
  • Information Systems courses: e.g., Data Analytics, Data Mining, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship courses**: e.g., New Venture Consulting, Entrepreneurship Fundamentals, etc.

* Each course may satisfy one requirement (cannot count towards both Sections III and IV).
** Entrepreneurship courses include: BLAW 5305, FINC 5315, IS 5300, MGMT 5300, MGMT 5315, MGMT 5320, MGMT 5330, MGMT 5340, MGMT 5360, MGMT 5370, MKTG 5310MKTG 5340

V. Behavioral Electives

(6 credits)

Any classes offered in our Graduate Programs, outside the supportive fields indicated in Section IV above. Examples include Strategy Analysis, Leadership Formation, Negotiation Skills, Emotional Intelligence, etc.

Minimum credits required for degree: 45

MSF students may pursue any of the existing graduate certificates offered by Albers School of Business and Economics. More information is here: http://www.seattleu.edu/business/graduate/certificates/

Graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to earn a master's degree.