Louisiana State University Masters in Finance Update – April 2023

Been a while since I wrote about the Louisiana State University Masters in Finance so I thought it would make sense to do an overview of the program and refresh any materials on this degree. This is a well known school and has a lot of alumni. I first wrote about the MSF here about a decade ago and the alumni base is sizable at this point. Will try and find out more about this MSF from the school itself.


This is a 36 credit hour program, spanning over 3 semesters. Students must complete 18 credit hours in finance classes, including 3 required courses and the rest of the credits are at the individuals discretion. Classes are customizable depending on the various career tracks a person chooses (8 different specializations).

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting can take electives during their MSF to meet the 150 hour requirements for the CPA Exam.

There are three other paths students can take to get their MSF.

  1. Undergraduates at LSU can take graduate classes while finishing their bachelors, earning a MSF in a shorter time period.
  2. There is a JD / MSF option allowing for dual degrees.
  3. A Masters in Financial Economics – this is a STEM certified degree, different from the MSF, but with some similarities.


The application process is fairly standard. They mention that they are targeting students with at least a 3.2 GPA and a 600 GMAT. Since the program is career customizable they are looking for a clearly define career goal outlined in your essays. This is a smaller cohort program and they say that each semester they admit 5-10 new students.

The deadline of May 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission but LSU advises international students to submit their application at least ten months in advance of enrolling.

Tuition isn’t listed for the program, but they have a site where they outline in state and out of state tuition for each semester. Since this is a 3 semester program it should cost under $20K for an in state student and under $45K for an out of state student. This is from a quick calculation. You should confirm this with the university before applying.

I will email the program and try and find some career placement information. I looked around and couldn’t find anything. This looks like an affordable MSF program, especially if you are an in state resident. I’ve spent some time in Baton Rouge as well and it is a cool, smaller city. Great campus as well.

Here is a link to the Louisiana State University Masters in Finance Program


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