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Finance (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The AMP-Master of Science in Finance program requires 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (i.e., 12 500-level finance courses). Graduation for AMP-MSF students starting in the fall of their BSBA-Finance senior year is intended to be May of the following year.

Students in the AMP-MSF program take one graduate MSF course each semester of their senior year, one each fall and spring, The specific graduate finance course depends on the planned MSF track of study. These two courses count toward both the BSBA-Finance and AMP-MSF degrees.

The department offers two tracks in our MSF program, Investment Management and Corporate Finance. Planning your curricula around these tracks enhances your job opportunities. The department's tracks are designed to help you establish a plan and communicate your plan with recruiters through your resume, cover letters, and interviews.

The Master's in Finance Program at the University of Arizona has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding the Candidate Body of Knowledge and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. 

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association®, the global leader in alternative investment education, and the University of Arizona have formed a strategic partnership between the CAIA Association and the University’s Eller College of Management. The MSF program covers at least 60% of the CAIA exam curriculum.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Finance -

The department offers programs leading to a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Management and a concentration in Finance (Finance Ph.D.). The department also participates in the program leading to the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

The Master of Science in Finance requires 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (either 10 courses plus a 6 credit hour project, completed in pairs, or 12 courses). Graduation for students starting in the fall is intended to be mid-August or December of the following year. Students wishing to enroll part-time can contact the department for details.

The Ph.D. in Management with a Major in Finance offered is designed to lead to a career of scholarly research and teaching in finance. The duration of the program is approximately four years, depending on an individual's background and his or her progress. The first two years of the program are dedicated to coursework. The emphasis during the third and fourth years of the program is primarily on writing a dissertation and coursework in a more narrow area of interest. The dissertation must demonstrate to the faculty the student's ability to produce advanced research in finance.

Application requirements are available from the department programs' webpages.

Eller College of Management  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Kay E Ross
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kay E Ross
Director of Graduate Studies
Richard W Sias
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

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You must meet the minimum entrance requirements to apply for the AMP-MSF program. The dates below refer to BSBA-Finance students in the second semester core finance courses in Spring 2017.

  • Currently enrolled in FIN412 and FIN421 in Spring 2017 semester.

  • Will have completed 90 undergraduate credit hours by the end of Spring 2017 semester.

  • Have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher through graduation and completed a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate credits in the finance major at the University of Arizona’s main campus by Spring 2017.

  • A minimum combined GPA of 3.5 in FIN 360, ACCT400C, FIN412 and FIN421 (12 units), with B’s or better in each of the four classes.

  • Completion or near completion of general education requirements.

  • Submission of a graduate application between May 15 and May 26, 2017 and payment of the UA graduate application fee.

  • Finance faculty recommendation for AMP-MSF program. Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.

  • Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree in May 2018, including completion of FIN516 and FIN524 courses, OR FIN513 and FIN532 courses (depending on MSF track of study), during the senior year with a grade of B or better.

  • Complete online application packet with materials as detailed below

Application package requirements are detailed on the department website at

Apply to the UA Graduate College

Full instructions and requirements are included in the online application.

Online Application Package Requirements

Submitting Official Transcripts

In addition to completing this online application, you are required to send Official Transcripts from all institutions (not including UA) directly to the Finance Department at:

  • Master's in Finance Program
  • Department of Finance
  • The University of Arizona
  • McClelland Hall, Room 315R
  • 1130 E. Helen Street
  • Tucson , AZ 85721-0108
Standardized Tests
No Standardized Test is Required for the AMP-MSF program application.
Financial Aid

The Department of Finance is provided a modest amount of set-aside scholarship funds each August by the Eller College of Management for MSF students. All incoming MSF students taking are eligible for fall semester set-aside scholarships.  Awards are based on undergraduate academic performance and merits based on students' application packages.

The department does not have funds for assistantships nor tuition waivers for MSF students.

More details are available at


Admissions Deadlines
Express interest in AMP-MSF to Kay Ross, Finance Department
  • By April 30 of junior year
Inform Eller College Undergraduate Finance Advisor of intent to apply for AMP-MSF
  • By May 3 of junior year
Complete Graduate College AMP-MSF Online Application for Fall semester
  • May 15-26, 2017
Complete Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses Request Form for Fall semester of Senior Year
  • By May 31
Complete Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses Request Form for Spring semester of Senior Year
  • By October 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program requires 36 credit hours of approved 500-level finance coursework. 

  • This option requires 12 classes of approved 500-level finance coursework.
  • Coursework will be completed in this order:
    • One course in fall semester of senior year (specific course depends on MSF track of study)
    • One course in spring semester of senior year (specific course depends on MSF track of study)
    • Five courses in fall semester of MSF program
    • Five courses in spring semester of MSF program
  • Students should be eligible to graduate in May after successfully completing the 12 500-level finance courses

Requirements for All MSF Students

Students are required to complete one of the two tracks of approved curriculum and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the program. More information on the requirements of each track is available at

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 05 Oct 2017