I was checking out some older posts and realized it has been forever since I wrote about the Auburn University Masters in Finance program. This MSF has changed quite a bit since I las wrote about it so my plan with this post is to go over the program in entirety while I reach out to the school for some additional details. Enjoy!
This is a 31 credit hour program with the ability to transfer up to 6 credit hours from another university. Graduation requirements include three required courses, 12 semester hours of Finance electives, and 9 semester hours of free electives. Electives include classes in real estate, multinational financial management, investment analysis and other subjects. This allows students to tailor their education for the industry they want to enter in post-graduation.
MSF students have an option (if available) for an international business immersion experience. There is also hands on learning towards the end with the iLEAD workshop. From the university webpage:
“Toward this end, students participate in multiple iLEAD sessions. These interactive sessions, offered during weekend retreats or Friday workshops, are facilitated by faculty and staff and focus on key leadership and interpersonal skill building. These sessions allow time for exploration and practice.
By providing dual lessons in leadership and group dynamics, iLEAD delivers a unique perspective necessary to manage people for success.”
There is an online option available as well as a dual-degree program for students looking to do an MBA alongside with the MSF. Adding graduate certificates are also possible, further bolstering your education credentials.
Admissions are pretty standard – resume, 2 letters of recommendations, transcripts, a personal statement and having a bachelors degree. The program starts in the fall and the application deadlines are as follows:
- 45 days before the start of the semester for domestic students
- 90 days before the start of the semester for international students
There is a GMAT/GRE waiver and it seems to be focused on applicants with experience. Depending on the number of years of work experience and your undergraduate GPA you can qualify for a waiver. If you do not meet this criteria you can email them university and ask for a waiver for your specific set of circumstances. This seems to be fairly standard at this point and more and more schools are moving away from standardized testing.
Tuition is based on a dollar per credit hour basis, with two tiers – one for state residents and another for out of state.
- Resident: $535.00
- Non-Resident: $1,512.00
This is the 2020-2021 tuition rates so please confirm these with admissions.
The MSF program does not have specific career outcomes that I could find, but they have a graduate career office to help students find employment or switch careers. The university boasts a number of great firms – Accenture, BBVA, Exxon, EY, Lockheed, etc. I’ve spent a lot of time in the south both for work and personally and the amount of financial firms as well as F500 jobs is astounding. I personally work with an Auburn graduate and the university is very well known in that part of the United States. I’ll reach out and see if I can get some additional information.
This is a very well respected university offering a lot of flexibility and customization with their masters in finance degree. I will reach out and see if I can get more information to help build out the knowledge on this MSF. Check back soon and hopefully I will have another post for all of you. Thanks!
Here is a link to the Auburn University Masters of Finance Program