Washington State has its newest entrant into the MSF space with the Pacific Lutheran University master in finance program. It is slated to be approved by the schools board in January 2012 and as soon as it is there should be more information made available. The program is going to be 10 months long and will begin in September once it is approved.

The program will closely following the CFA Body of Knowledge. Level I material will be taught in the fall and Level II will be taught in the spring. This will allow for students who are properly motivated to take the LI test in the winter and LII in June.

Since many people try and compare the MSF to the CFA I think it makes sense to utilize the CFA materials for a master in finance programs guidelines. Many students sit for one of the CFA exams while in the MSF program and what I consider the gold standard, the CFA partner program designation, requires a master in finance program to utilize a large portion of the CFA body of knowledge when designing a MSF program.

Here is a link to the Pacific Lutheran University Master in Finance Program