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College of Business
Economics & Finance Dept.
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Dept. 3985, BU 225 East
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2175
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Master's Degree in Finance

The master's degree in finance offers advanced training that builds on a foundation of business and management skills. Graduate students in finance must complete, or have previously completed, course work that satisfies the MS Finance prerequisite courses listed on the Application Information webpage.  

A six-course core is required of all finance students: Applied Econometrics (ECON 5340), Banking Management (FIN 4510) or Monetary Theory (ECON 4450), Empirical Finance (FIN 5400), Corporate Governance (FIN 5320), Investment Management (FIN 5310), and the Financial Theory Seminar (FIN 5520).

The student selects the remaining courses depending on his or her career plan from electives in economics, business, statistics, accounting, and finance. The student may elect to take 26 hours of course work and write a Plan A thesis, or take 30 hours of course work and write a shorter paper based on work done in Finance 5320 or 5400, the Plan B option. A total of at least 21 credit hours of course work at the 5000 level  is required for UW's master's in finance. Additionally, at least 21 hours must be 5000 or 4000 level course work in finance and economics. For a complete list of the program's courses, click here.

Sample Program - MS in Finance

Year 1
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ECON 5340 Applied Econometrics FIN 5320 Corporate Governance
FIN 5520 Financial Theory Seminar FIN 5310 Investment Management
FIN 5400 Empirical Finance Grad Elective
Year 2
Fall Semester
FIN 4510 Banking Management
Grad Elective
Grad Elective


A fifth-year program is available for students who begin the program in their junior or early senior year. This program will allow him or her to complete the MS Finance degree in one additional academic year (two semesters).

The master's in finance is flexible, providing several course options. One can select courses from a variety of fields and achieve broader exposure, or limit course selections to a smaller number of fields and achieve a higher degree of competence in particular specialties.

During the third semester (or the summer session for those completing the degree in one year) the finance masters student selects a major professor for direction with the Plan B or Plan A master's thesis. A committee, selected by the student and the major professor, directs a research project. A favorable report from the committee completes the degree requirements. Most students complete all requirements within one to two years.

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