Master ofScience in Finance (MSF)


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Those with a degree in mathematics may be surprised to learn that the abilities they acquired are in high demand in the financial sector. Whether it is developing predictive
models, analyzing portfolio risk, or calculating the value of a company, high-level quantitative skills are the foundational keys to success in the financial sector.

The PLU Master of Science in Finance program is designed to help graduates hone the quantitative abilities they developed in their undergraduate work into practical,
industry relevant skills that are in high demand in the financial sector. Additionally the program will provide students with a thorough understanding of accounting,
economics, and finance in order to position them as well-rounded graduate.

Equipped with the knowledge from a well-designed master’s degree, students will be ready to explore a wide range of career options in finance. From small privately held companies and investment firms to large corporations, the need for financial experts is strong with ample opportunities. The time to enter this exciting and challenging industry is now.


The MSF is jointly offered by faculty from Finance, Mathematics, Economics and Accounting to offer a cross-disciplinary education that uniquely prepares graduates to excel in financial careers. It is a 10-month, full-time, quantitatively rigorous degree program offered to new graduates as well as those with industry experience. A new cohort begins each September.


The PLU MSF is pragmatic and industry-focused, yet grounded in its cross-disciplinary foundations. Graduates are equipped to hit the ground running with a powerful set of skills and tools from a curriculum designed in collaboration with industry.


An unique aspect of the PLU MSF is its association with the CFA Institute and the opportunity to work toward the Chartered Financial Analyst designation while
simultaneously earning your master’s degree. The CFA credential, with three levels of examinations, is considered by many to be the gold standard for professionalism and
knowledge in the world of finance.

“The CFA Program is a globally recognized, graduate level curriculum that provides a strong foundation of real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills
along with the practical knowledge you need in today’s investment industry. It also emphasizes the highest ethical and professional standards.” –CFA Institute

As the only official CFA Institute University Recognized Program in the Pacific Northwest region, the fall semester covers much of the CFA Level I content, while January term
and spring semester prepare students for the Level II examination. Session timing allows interested students to sit for the Level I exam in December and for the Level II exam in
June. While it can be of great benefit professionally, participation in the CFA exams is optional for students.


While there are no undergraduate prerequisites for the MSF program student that are still completing their degree can give themselves a distinct advantage in the program by selecting some elective courses that will help set them up for success in the program. The following are suggested courses ranked in order of recommendation:

  1. Financial Accounting
  2. Macro Economics
  3. Managerial Accounting
  4. Econometrics
  5. Statistics / Probability
  6. Financial Math

Student can contact the Associate Director, Michael Renfrow at or 253-535-7224 for specific guidance on the course offering provided at their institution.

MSF Information Session

Join us for one of our monthly information session about the PLU Master of Science in Finance. You will have the opportunity to meet with Michael Renfrow, Associate Director of the MSF program for the School of Business. We will discuss the program, the curriculum and the application process. We look forward to meeting you!