Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business


The Master of Science in Finance program at the Lindner College of Business gives you the necessary analytical skills for a successful professional career in today’s global financial markets. Through pioneering curriculum, the program builds a strong foundation in all areas of finance, while allowing considerable flexibility to tailor your course work to your interests and career plans.

Our program is a blend of theoretical and applied knowledge, preparing students to grasp theory and develop skills to apply financial concepts in real-world situations. Whether your interest is in investments, real estate, corporate finance or risk management and insurance, our graduate degree in finance enables you to fast track your career.

Recent graduates have accepted jobs in a wide variety of fields ranging from corporate finance, personal financial planning, portfolio managers, lending officers and real estate developers.

The MS-Finance program is comprised of four main components:

  • The Core: Four core courses form the backbone of the degree, providing general analytical methods and technical tools that can be applied to a variety of sub-specialties in finance. Core coursework includes Financial Information and Valuation, Financial Accounting, Options and Futures and Fixed Income.
  • Focus Area: An innovative feature of the MS-Finance program at the Lindner College of Business is the ability to select an area of specialization. These focus areas allow you to tailor the program to your individual needs and interests. Each focus area consists of three courses (four courses in Real Estate) that give you depth in your chosen specialization. The program currently offers focus areas in Corporate Finance, Investments, Risk Management and Real Estate.
  • Electives: Students can further customize their programs via the selection of two or three electives. Students can choose from a wide array of graduate-level courses in finance or in other areas across the college or university.
  • The Capstone: Within each focus area, one course provides an integrative learning experience in an applied setting that reinforces and ties together the skills learned throughout the program. Examples of capstone courses include: Portfolio Management, Advanced Capital Budgeting and Real Estate Development.

Program Highlights

  • STEM Discipline Recognition for International Students
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP® certification) track launches Fall 2015

  • Program can be completed in as few as two semesters of full-time study or five (5) semesters as a part-time student
  • Specialize your degree in four focus areas: Corporate Finance, Investments, Risk Management and Real Estate
  • Lindner Master of Science in Finance ranked No. 7 in the nation (No. 4 among public institutions) among the best, most affordable programs in the nation by Master of Finance Degrees
  • Merit-based scholarships are available
  • Study abroad opportunity
  • Opportunities for paid internships
  • Curriculum helps prepare students for the Level 1 CFA exam

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