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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours are required for a Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.) degree. Starting with students entering fall 2018, the M.S.F. degree will require a minimum total of 30 credit hours. Students without prior preparation in accounting, economics, finance or statistics may need to take prerequisite courses which can be up to 9 additional credit hours.

M.S. Finance students must be advised before enrolling in their first semester of coursework. Subsequent advising is not required, but recommended.

All students must submit a program of study form once they have completed 50 percent of their program hours. An application for graduation should be submitted when enrolling in final semester classes, but can be turned in as late as early in the student's final semester. See the academic calendar for specific deadlines. Forms are available in the Bloch School Services Office, room 115 Bloch Heritage Hall. The minimum GPA for retention and graduation is 3.0 (B).

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses can be waived based on completion of comparable courses at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of “C” or better. Any prerequisite courses needed are in addition to the 33 hours required in the M.S. Finance program.

Program Tracks - 9 Hours

Corporate Finance
Track Courses:

Entrepreneurial Finance
Track Courses:

  • ENT 5525: Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • ENT 5527: Creating the New Venture: Experiential Learning
  • ENT 5585: Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment

Required Elective Course:

Financial Analyst
Track Courses:

Required Elective Courses:

Financial Services Management
Track Courses:

Flexible Design Track
Pick three FIN designated courses to fill in the track portion of your program. For the designated elective section of the program, at least two courses must have the FIN designation.

Designated Electives

Twelve hours are required and at least 6 hours must be from finance. Starting fall 2018, 9 hours of designated electives will be required; 6 hours must be from finance. Designated electives may include but are not limited to:

Finance

Entrepreneurship
Selected courses including:

Management
MGT 5552: International Study in Business

Management Information Systems
Selected courses; consult with finance faculty

Real Estate
Selected courses; consult with finance faculty

Selected courses in economics, mathematics, law or other graduate programs can be approved by a finance faculty member.


For an M.S.F. evaluation form, click here.

Transfer Credit
A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework completed with distinction at an accredited graduate school and relevant to the individual's degree program may be accepted toward the M.S.F. A petition requesting consideration is necessary to begin this process. Official transcripts including this course work must be on file with UMKC. Students should be prepared to supply a course syllabus and other information about the course(s). Credits cannot be accepted if they will be more than seven years old at the time of graduation. Transfer credit should be reviewed and decided within the first semester in the degree program.

Retention and Graduation Requirements
Students must maintain a 3.0 ("B") average to be in good standing. Of the total M.S.A. hours required, at least 80 percent of all courses must be completed with grades of "B" (3.0) or higher. Up to 20 percent can be completed with grades of "B-," "C+" or "C." No grade below "C" in a 5500-level class will count toward the degree.

All students must submit a program of study form once they have completed 50 percent of their program hours. An application for graduation should be submitted when enrolling in final semester classes, but can be turned in as late as early in the student's final semester. See the academic calendar for specific deadlines. Forms are available in the Bloch School Services Office, room 115 Bloch Heritage Hall.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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