Master of Science in Finance

Self-support, offered through the College of Extended and Global Education

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program provides post-baccalaureate students pursuing a career in investments with a high-quality master-level education in the field of investment. The objective is to educate post-baccalaureate students to be experts in investment analysis and portfolio management. The Master of Science in Finance is open to all qualified students regardless of undergraduate major.

Admission to the Program

Suitability for admission to the program will be based on an examination of the entire application package. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with required minimum GPA of 2.75 calculated using the entire degree or the last 90 quarter (60 semester) units, which may include post baccalaureate work;

Personal Statement: A 200-250 word statement highlighting the academic motivation and qualifications for pursuing the Master of Science in Finance at California State University, San Bernardino, and demonstrating the potential for successful completion of the program;

English Proficiency for International Students: All international applicants who have not completed three years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary institution where English was the language of instruction must also achieve an acceptable score (as determined by the Accounting and Finance Department and ratified by the College Curriculum Committee, in alignment with the Office of Graduate Studies requirements) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS exam, or must complete CSUSB's ESL program. The current minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550/PBT, 213/CBT, 79-80/IBT taken within the past two years; IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the past two years; or complete level 6 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program;

Resume: Submission of a current resume;

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required.

Business Aptitude Requirement: Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Applicants for Master of Science in Finance must meet the Business Aptitude Requirement:

  1. Submission of an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as determined by the Accounting and Finance Department, ratified by the College Curriculum Committee, and conforming with the Office of Graduate Studies requirements. The current acceptable GMAT or GRE score must meet a minimum GMAT score of 470 (with a minimum 10% on GMAT Verbal Ability and 50% on Quantitative Ability percentile rankings) or a minimum GRE score of 298 ( with a minimum 10% on GRE Verbal Ability and 50% on Quantitative Ability percentile rankings); or
  2. (GPA x 200) + GMAT score greater than or equal to 1,050 points; or
  3. (GPA x 24) + GRE score greater than or equal to 368 points; or
  4. GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived if an applicant has 3.2 cumulative GPA from an AACSB accredited undergraduate program or meets other GMAT or GRE waiver criteria as set by the department.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed at least 15 semester units of applicable graduate-level course work at the university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  3. Completed an approved graduate program plan in consultation with an MSF advisor after achieving classified status;
  4. Secured the approval of candidacy from the MSF Graduate Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 36 semester units of acceptable graduate-level work, as shown in the "Degree Requirements" with a grade point average of 3.0 in all course work taken after admission to conditionally classified or classified status, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. Successful completion of an integrative comprehensive examination (FIN 6989). Successful completion means students correctly answer at least 80% of the comprehensive exam questions. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 will not be permitted to take the examination. A “no credit” (NC) designation will be entered on the student’s transcript if he/she fails the examination. Students who do not receive a passing grade may repeat the examination, one additional time only, with the written approval of the MSF Graduate Coordinator. Only students who are currently classified, have been advanced to candidacy, have completed their core classes, and are not on probation may take the examination.
  3. Successful completion of FIN 6985 (MSF Portfolio) which includes preparation and submission of a portfolio of course work. The portfolio includes a reflective essay showing how the portfolio demonstrates accomplishment of essential goals for the program. Students register for this 0-unit course after advancement to candidacy.
  4. Successful completion of FIN 6980 meets the culminating experience requirement and successful completion (a grade of "B" (3.0), or better) in ADMN 6020 meets the graduate writing requirement;
  5. No more than 3 semester units of lower than 6000-level course work;
  6. At least 27 semester units completed at California State University, San Bernardino.

Degree Requirements (36 units)

(Program Code: FINA)

ADMN 6020Advanced Managerial Communications3
FIN 6771Ethical and Professional Standards3
FIN 6772Quantitative Method for Finance3
FIN 6773Financial Market and Environment3
FIN 6774Financial Statement Analysis I3
FIN 6775Financial Statement Analysis II3
FIN 6776Advance Corporate Finance3
FIN 6777Portfolio Management3
FIN 6778Global Equity Investment3
FIN 6779Fixed Income3
FIN 6780Derivative and Alternative Investment3
FIN 6790Comprehensive Investment Analysis3
FIN 6985MSF Portfolio0
Culminating Experience (0)0
Total Units36

Culminating Experience (0 units)

FIN 6980Finance Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units0