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2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Finance, M.S.F.

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Ralph W. Jackson

Director of the School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business
Timothy Urban

The primary goal of the Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.) is to provide a high quality graduate business program concentrated in finance and other related areas. The program furnishes skills, analytical tools, and perspectives that serve as a sound foundation for financial decision making.

Learning Objectives

Students completing the Master of Science in Finance degree will be able to:

  • develop, apply, and use appropriate valuation techniques,
  • use  analytical skills necessary to make effective financial decisions, and
  • effectively communicate the process and results of financial decisions to financial professionals and to a broader audience of business professionals.

The M.S.F. is designed for students who desire an opportunity for in-depth study of financial management using standard industry techniques and market transactions for valuation and decision making.

Foundation Courses

Completion of the following foundation courses or their equivalents is required prior to enrollment in graduate programs in finance in The Collins College of Business.

  • Calculus (8 hours) 
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Financial Accounting (3 hours)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 hours)

To determine if a student will need to take any foundation courses, a transcript evaluation is conducted at the time of application to see if a student has successfully completed courses in accounting, managerial economics, statistical analysis, and basic calculus. Normally, foundation courses must be completed before enrollment in required courses or electives.

Foundation Waiver Policy

Normally, admitted students requiring foundation courses will enroll in those courses at The University of Tulsa. However, any of the following may qualify a student for a foundation course waiver:

  • Completion, with a grade of B or higher, of a course or courses covering comparable material within the past six years from an AACSB accredited business program or as part of a four-year bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  • Additional coursework, with a grade of B or higher, in the subject area, beyond the principles or introductory courses covering the comparable material.
  • Extensive career experience using the subject matter that builds on prior coursework in the subject area.
  • A successful score on the proficiency exam for the subject.

Foundation course requirements may be satisfied in different ways:

  • Traditional classroom courses,
  • Online courses, or
  • Passing a proficiency exam after preparation with non-credit short courses or self-study following TU-prepared material.

Satisfactory Progress

Candidates for the M.S.F. degree are expected to complete the program in a timely manner. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years from the date of enrollment in the program. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the program.

Applied Option

Student who elect the applied option are required to apply business principles in an actual business environment through a formal Collins College of Business internship, following the College’s Guidelines for Administration of Student Internship Programs.

To earn the applied option, the student must:

  • Complete all requirements for the M.S.F.
  • Complete an additional one-semester internship course – MBA 7021 Internship Experience  – which is graded Pass/Fail and in which satisfactory performance in the internship is required for a passing score. Students may enroll in MBA 7021  for only one semester.
  • Secure the internship with approved of the faculty member guiding the internship, the Director of the School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business, and the Director of Graduate Business Programs.


All candidates for the M.S.F. must complete the foundation courses  and 30 semester hours of advanced study. A thesis is not required, but is an option for the degree. A minimum of 21 credit hours must be completed in advanced (7000-level) courses reserved exclusively for graduate students.

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