The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) was started in 2001 and has evolved to primarily a Combined Degree Program. University of Florida undergraduate students apply during their second year on campus and they begin MSF courses their third year. Students take graduate level finance courses alongside MBA students, and in MSF-only classes, in lieu of some of their undergraduate degree courses. The students are prepared for 3rd year summer internships at the firms where they want to work upon graduating the following year. Most MSF students come from undergraduate finance, accounting, economics and mathematics programs.
The MSF program also serves students who want access to PhD courses and joint degree students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Effective February 27, 2013, there will be a stop to the usual summer intake of newly graduated students and students with work experience. The current job market is not conducive to full time placement without the student having had a junior summer internship at one of their target firms, so the program’s recruiting focus has shifted to current University of Florida undergraduates.
I believe that students with four-year degrees in business, with a major in finance, can be fully prepared for a career in investment banking or securities by obtaining the degree of Master of Science in Finance in a one-year program.William R. Hough
- The Financial Markets Laboratory has nine Bloomberg terminals for student use, with Thompson Datastream, Reuters and a wide spectrum of real business applications. The Lab also features large flat screen monitors to provide broadcasts of CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and other financial news networks. Finally, a prominent stock ticker and electronic stock boards keeps students abreast of market changes with real-time information.
- Capital IQ accounts included for each MSF student offer, "the highest quality information on both public and private capital markets along with powerful applications for desktop research, screening, real-time market data, backtesting, portfolio management, financial modeling, quantitative analysis, and more. Our product suite empowers the world's leading financial professionals to identify investment opportunities, draw unique insights, and increase returns."
- TraderEx, a Trading and Market Simulation used in Securities Trading class, is, "an interactive computer simulation designed to provide participants with hands-on experience in making tactical trading decisions, and implementing them in different market environments. Continuous order driven and quote driven markets are simulated, along with call auctions and hybrid combinations."
- The Finance Professional Speaker Series brings finance professionals through the fall and spring to discuss their area of expertise. Speakers demonstrate how professionals approach specific problems, give insight into particular industries, discuss major trends in the various markets and industries in which they operate, and talk about career strategies.