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The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is a 30-semester-unit, 12-month program that will provide students with knowledge and skills in various finance areas including corporate finance and investments. Aligned with the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) curriculum, the MSF program will engage students in analyzing financial issues that are of interest to global corporations, financial institutions and international investors and equip the students with the knowledge needed for CFA certification. The purpose of the MSF program is to graduate students who are proficient in examining current financial issues, exploring feasible financial strategies, and applying relevant financial knowledge and analytical models that can help corporations, financial institutions and investors achieve optimal outcomes and solutions from a global perspective.
What is included?
Students are required to participate in a two-day orientation. The focus of the orientation is to prepare the student to work in teams, master the Harvard case discussion method, learn to use Excel, and begin the preparation for their career post-graduation. During the orientation, students get to know faculty, fellow students and alumni of the program and begin to work as teams. The orientation is included in the cost of the program.
Career planning and management are an important benefit of the MSF program. Students begin their career planning after they have been admitted and support continues for up to a year after graduation. Students work with a career advisor on identifying career goals and developing a job search strategy, as well as resume writing, interviewing, and other important career skills.
Student Managed Investment Fund - SMIF
The CSULB Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) Program includes three separate portfolios totaling more than half a million dollars that the SMIF students manage in a team-oriented, presentation-intensive environment. The quality of the CSULB SMIF Program is reflected in the success of its alumni, a number of whom have gone on to work at prestigious investment firms, including Goldman Sachs, PIMCO, Wilshire Associates, Western Asset Management, and the Capital Group.
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Applicants are expected to possess an undergradaute degree in Finance, or remedy their deficiency by taking FIN 501:Financial Management Concepts or the equivalent at an AACSB-accredited school with a B or better prior to admission. Students must submit a transcript and class syllabus to the program manager for verification.
Please review Admission Information for General Application Requirements for the program.
Integrated and Well Sequenced Curriculum: The program includes CFA concepts that are integrated into both curriculum and exams.
Location: Many international firms such as Toyota and Hyundai have expanded their operations in Southern California. The CFA Society of Los Angeles and the CFA Society of Orange County have about 2,000 and 400 active members.
- Bloomberg Terminal: Students are encouraged to use the Bloomberg Terminals for their research and class-related activities. We offer the ability to become Bloomberg-certified.
- The CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (The Code and Standard): Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (The Code and Standard) during their time in the MSF program.
- Networking Activities:Students are encouraged to participate in networking events at CFA Society of Los Angeles and CFA Society of Orange County.
- CFA Competitions: Students in the program could participate in the following competitions: