The Master of Science in management's financial management specialization provides you with solid management skills that are essential to the core functions of every organization. This program offers you the tools to make high-level decisions that can impact an organization's current operations and financial future.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Management Master's Degree with Financial Management Specialization

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage your organization's current financial operations (cash, inventory, accounts receivable policy, payables, short-term loans, etc.)
  • Make long-term financial decisions, such as evaluating and selecting capital investments, financing capital requirements, taking a company public, and navigating mergers and acquisition as well as bankruptcy/liquidation
  • Incorporate international environments and opportunities into your planning
  • Manage costs and risks and evaluate investments using industry software
  • Perform financial analysis and modeling
  • Make strategic management decisions to solve operational problems

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use Harvard University's case studies on companies facing financial challenges to analyze their situation and propose solutions
  • Examine the sources of the 2008 global financial crisis and analyze how companies acted to recover or moderate its effects
  • Play the role of a new CFO tasked with performing a comprehensive analysis of a hypothetical S&P 500 company and document findings in a paper for review by the company's CEO

Management Master's Degree with Financial Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 610
  • MGMT 615
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

  • FIN 610
  • FIN 615
  • FIN 620
  • FIN 630
  • FIN 640
  • FIN 645
  • FIN 660

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 is prerequisite to FIN 610 and should be taken in the first semester.
  • FIN 610 is prerequisite to all other FIN courses.
  • FIN 630 is prerequisite to FIN 645.
  • FIN 620 and FIN 630 are prerequisite to FIN 660.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a leadership position in financial management in areas such as financial planning, financial analysis, investments analysis, loans, and consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Accounting and Finance Forum provides information about the accounting and finance majors as well as topics of interest from course selection to career paths. It assists students with the exploration of resources on accounting and finance careers and the accounting and finance fields, including job postings and information about career opportunities.