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Finance, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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The Finance program offered by Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland has a rigorous and quantitative curriculum that integrates theories and applications from economics, accounting, mathematics, strategy, and other fields. This is a STEM designated programme and it is available in the University of Portland main campus and in the Pamplin School of Business Westside Campus.


The Finance program offered by Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland is designed to provide specialized skills for those interested in careers in corporate finance, investments, financial analysis, and/or risk management. 

Students will graduate with well-developed competencies in evaluating complex financial problems, employing statistical and econometric techniques, and recommending financial solutions to stakeholders. The Master of Science in Finance degree program has a STEM designation. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The The U.S. government recognizes expertise in the data science fields, such as this degree in finance, as an important driver of innovation and job creation. It is also a designation that is highly regarded by employers.

The program is a 30 credit-hour, or ten semester class, Master of Science degree. The specific focus on finance allows for more flexibility in course work than an accounting/finance dual degree. The coursework overlaps tightly with material covered in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) licensing exam.

Degree Options

Students can choose one of two programs within the MSF degree: a thesis option or a non-thesis option.
  • Thesis Option - 27 hours beyond the common body of knowledge; 3-hour thesis course
  • Non-thesis Option - 30 hours beyond the common body of knowledge

Program Highlights: 

  • Integrates theories and applications from economics, accounting, mathematics, and strategy to create a rigorous curriculum
  • Graduates will have well developed competencies in evaluating complex financial problems, employing statistical and economic techniques, and recommending financial solutions to stakeholders
  • Ability to become Bloomberg Certified with access to one of the largest Bloomberg Trading Rooms on the West Coast
  • Curriculum includes topics covered in the CFA and CFP exams
  • 30 hour flexible program structured for the working professional 


Accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Security and Portfolio Analysis
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • International Finance 
  • Personal Financial Planning 
  • Applied Financial and Economic Forecasting 
  • Corporate Financial Strategy: M&A and Restructure 
  • Research Methods in Finance 
  • Decision Modeling 
  • Project Management 
  • Real Estate Finance 
  • Macro Economics in the Global Economy 
  • Applied Portfolio Management 
  • Income Tax Planning 
  • New Venture Finance and Accounting 
  • Directed Study 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: International students should begin the application process as soon as possible to allow at least two months for student visa processing. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a minimum required score range.

    Minimum required Verbal Reasoning score:


    Minimum required Quantitative Reasoning score:


    The score range represents scores typically accepted at this institution.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Statement of Goals
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
  • Official test scores
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1323 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1323 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1323 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1323 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

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