The Master of Science in Financial Economics (MSFE) is a terminal, professional degree in financial economics. The curriculum includes courses in the key areas of finance and the supporting areas of economics and quantitative methods. It is intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers both within and outside the financial industry, including risk management, asset management, macroeconomic and financial forecasting, capital markets, and financial and economic research.
Bloomberg is synonymous with real-time financial information. Every major financial institution hosts Bloomberg terminals. However, very few universities provide access to Bloomberg due to the expense. The Department of Economics and Finance at the Huntsman School of Business has made a strategic investment in Bloomberg to help prepare our students for success. These terminals not only support classroom instruction and faculty research, but provide a means for students to become certified in the use of Bloomberg – a skill that may provide value to future employers on day one of your professional career.
The MSFE curriculum is designed to help students prepare to sit for the level 1 exam during their final semester in the program. The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. The department provides competitive scholarships to MSFE students to help offset the cost of taking the exam. Further, the department makes available study-guide material to help students prepare for the exam. USU is one of a select group of universities world wide to be named a member of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program, which provides scholarships and study aids to students preparing for the CFA exam.
The MSFE program includes the requirement that each student complete a research paper similar to a thesis. We believe it is important for students to demonstrate that they have the creativity, discipline, and analytical ability necessary to complete such a project. Students will be trained R, SAS, and C++ programming, which are very valuable skills in the industry. Students will receive guidance as they write their papers through a faculty committee formed specifically for this purpose.
The ideal student will have passed the Level 1 CFA exam, be Bloomberg certified, and completed a Plan B paper by the time they enter the job market with their freshly minted master’s in financial economics from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.
Beginning in Fall 2013, Zions Bank provided our graduate students with an incredible opportunity. Under the direction of the faculty from the Department of Economics and Finance, our MSFE students will manage a portfolio of $5 million consisting of fixed income securities.
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