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

Carl H. Lindner College of Business


Professionals working in finance affect almost every aspect of the economy. Consider this short list of examples:

  • Corporate finance officers help their companies raise capital that finances new plants and new products, resulting in new jobs.
  • Public finance professionals raise money to build roads, bridges, schools and hospitals
  • Lending officers at banks, savings and loans, and credit unions help their customers finance homes or college educations.
  • Portfolio managers invest the retirement funds of millions of people, helping them achieve their financial goals.

The Masters of Science in Finance program at the Lindner College of Business is designed to give you the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today’s global financial markets. The program features a pioneering curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation in all areas of finance, while allowing considerable flexibility so that you can tailor your course work to your interests and career plans.

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

  • The Core: The core consists of four courses that 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. The core includes coursework in 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, chosen 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.

The program can be completed in as little as two semesters of full-time study or five (5) semesters as a part-time student.

Explore the links at the upper left to learn all about our program, including Academics, Admissions, Career Services, and Tuition & Aid. For questions, please contact Michael Neugent, Program Director.