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MSF prospects, current students and alumni attended the networking social on October 2013. This was a great opportunity for current students and alumni to expand their professional network.




























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Ropes Course

Over 80 students attended the Fall 2013 rope course. Students from Cohort 33 & Cohort 34 participated in a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity.


























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Cohort 32

  • Best Course: Arun Prakash
  • Best Professor: Brice Dupoyet-Financial Risk Management
  • Best Student Award: Bar Brieman
  • Directors Award: Kevin Johson
  • Leadership Award: Min Chen


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FIU students score success at Rotman Trading Competition.

FIU students score success at Rotman Trading Competition.

In its first showing at the prestigious Rotman Interactive Trading Competition, a team from Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Business Administration won high praise, including a third-place finish in one of the trading contests.

The invitation-only competition, held at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, attracts some of the world’s most astute student traders. Only 50 schools are invited to the annual event, which recently marked its ninth year. FIU was the only Florida school to receive an invitation.


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Master of Science in Finance program adds up to success for married couple

Two students in the Master of Science in Finance program in the College of Business have a lot in common: a love of numbers, a sense of pride in their academic accomplishments and a love for each other. Hear what Anthony Villaverde and Cynthia Mostajo Villaverde (BBA ’07) have to say about the challenges and advantages of going through a master’s program as a married couple.


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Master of Science in Finance Program

Our top-rated Chapman Graduate School of Business in the College of Business at Florida International University offers a unique one-year Master of Science in Finance degree providing a valuable professional credential—one that can have an extraordinary impact on your career.

This one-year graduate degree program in finance, offered at two locations in Miami, Florida and one location in Pembroke Pines, Florida, boasts an in-depth curriculum enabling you to apply financial strategy to challenging, real-world business decisions. The specialty areas available for finance professionals are limitless, ranging from corporate finance to investment advisory services, funds management, mergers and acquisitions, international finance, commercial and investment banking and more.

Since it is an accelerated program with options for completing coursework on the weekend or during two evenings per week, our Master of Science in Finance gives you the flexibility to concentrate on your studies while also meeting your work and personal schedules.

Curriculum

Our Master of Science in Finance’s curriculum covers established and emerging concepts, practices, and technology in the financial industry with a focus on preparing you for your choice of specialization within the field.

Core courses are taught at the FIU Pines Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, at Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami, and at FIU Downtown on Brickell.  The specialty tracks and course locations are noted below. You may select whichever specialty and campus you prefer.


Core courses

Corporate Finance 
Quantitative Methods in Financial Analysis 
Securities Analysis 
Financial Markets and Institutions 
Financial Futures and Fixed Income Investments 
Financial Risk Management 
Global Financial Strategy 
Portfolio Management 
Financial Planning and Statement Analysis


Specialty Courses

Financial Management track is offered at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Commercial Banking
Capital Budgeting 
Financial Management Policies 

Investments track is offered at the Pines Center

Financial Management Policies 
Advanced Risk Management 
Advanced Fixed Income Analysis 

International Banking & Financial Institutions track is offered at FIU Downtown on Brickell

Commercial Banking 
International Bank Management 
Credit Analysis 

Highlights

Developed for professionals to expand their understanding of the domestic and global financial industry, this twelve-month, intensive, accelerated Master of Science in Finance program will sharpen your knowledge of financial strategy and will strengthen both your technical and analytical skills.

As a student in this exceptional graduate program in finance, you will examine the dynamic and often risky nature of today’s financial markets and learn how to leverage data and information to guide your clients’ (or your own) organization’s financial and other strategic decisions. The program provides excellent preparation for Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and a wide spectrum of strategically important positions in finance.

Unique Features

Our Master of Science in Finance is the only one-year weekend graduate finance program in South Florida. The program offers convenient scheduling of weekend classes taken at the main campus or Pembroke Pines Campus or weekday (Tuesday and Thursday) night classes taken at FIU Downtown on Brickell.

Most importantly, the time you invest in earning your graduate finance degree has a recognized value that can only be conveyed by a school with a strong reputation for quality like the Chapman Graduate School of Business—ranked by BusinessWeek in the top 15% of business schools nationally.

In this master’s program in finance, you will

  • acquire a strong base of knowledge in finance covering financial theory, strategy, methodologies, analysis, and practices
  • complete the program in one year
  • be prepared for the CFA exam (Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst)
  • use the latest technology and financial software to conduct financial analyses, valuation analyses, derivative pricing and risk management, securities trading portfolio management, bank management and merger analysis
  •  gain hands-on experience with financial software like Excel, @RISK, BARRA, Trade Station, Stock Trak, Pro Banker, and Trading Game
  • have your choice of specialization tracks: Financial Management, Investment, or Financial Institutions
  • learn from senior, full-time faculty with PhDs from some of the top universities in the U.S. and in the world, and with more than 200 collective years of teaching experience in specialties like banking, financial risk management, portfolio management, corporate financial decision making, and fixed income
  • Two faculty members have CFA® designations


Additional benefits:

  • Cohort based, lock-step program, in which all students begin the program at the same time and process through the courses together, allowing you to develop relationships that will enrich your personal and professional lives during the program
  • A joint degree option enables you to combine a Master of Science in Finance with other graduate business programs
  • A finance workshop is offered to all incoming students in order to refresh financial skills
  • Access to highly-ranked career services, including interview preparation and career planning assistance
  • Support services include “no-red-tape registration,” catering, and more

Student Learning and Program Outcomes

At the Chapman Graduate School we care very deeply about how well we are accomplishing our mission, how our programs contribute to our overarching goals and how we assure that the institution conforms to specified industry and academic norms.  Consequently we are committed to measuring the effectiveness of our programs using a well-defined Assurance of Learning process that ensures “accountability and transparency”.


Student Learning Outcomes

In recent times there has been a preponderance of student learning-based models which emphasize that Faculty should model the learning process in consultation with all our stakeholders.   Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) detail what we aim for our students to know, what they can actually do, and what are their vocational attitudes. These are:

  • LO1: Apply financial concepts. Practices and quantitative skills to analyze financial problems, and conduct applied financial research.
  • LO 2: Recognize how institutions create and apply financial instruments in different financial markets and related ethical issues.
  • LO 3: Analyze and evaluate global financial issues.
  • LO 4: Apply theory and practices to the analysis of investment and financial risk management.
  • LO 5: Use and apply financial software. Construct spreadsheet and financial modeling applications.


Program Outcomes

Given our mission, this program has defined the benefits to students as you gain new knowledge, increase your skills, change your values, and modify your behavior through the following program outcomes:

  • PO 1: Graduating students are satisfied with program value and potential for career advancement.
  • PO 2: The program will admit well-qualified students who will successfully complete the program.
  • PO 3:  The curriculum is relevant, coherent, and improves skill development in human resource management.
  • PO 4: The program will provide quality instruction. 
  • PO 5: The program will provide quality advising, program administration, academic and student support services, and facilities.
  • PO 6: Maintain sufficient gross revenues to cover all program expenses and be self-sustainable.
  • PO 7: Graduating students will see an increase in salary as a result of obtaining degree.

Curriculum will be reviewed and updated.
Feedback on the curriculum will come from several sources:

  • Students
  • Advisory board
  • Faculty
  • Program review

Class time & Location

Our Master of Science of Finance program, which you can start either in the fall or spring requires 36 credit-hours (two courses per eight-week session).  Our schedule offers convenience in terms to times and locations:


Fall (August) start of the program

Classes are offered at:

Modesto A. Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199) every Friday  from 5:00PM to 9:40 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:40PM

Downtown on Brickell Center (1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131) every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30PM to 10:00PM.


Spring (January) start of the program 

 
Classes are offered:

Broward Pines Center (17195 Sheridan St  Pembroke Pines, FL 33331) Friday  from 5:00PM to 9:40 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:40PM 

FAQs

Q. Where should I send my application? 

A. Please send your application materials to:

Chapman Graduate Admissions Office
Master of Science in Finance
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University 
11200 S. W.  8th Street—CBC 213-B
Miami, FL  33199-0001

Q. Do all application materials have to be submitted by the deadline?
A. Yes, all materials have to be turned in by the deadline. Only those applicants who have submitted complete packets will be considered for acceptance.

Q. Where can I obtain an application form for the MSF?
A. The application form is available online.

Q. Do I include my certified transcripts with the application?
A. No. Florida International University requires that official transcripts be sent directly by the college(s) or university(ies) you attend(ed). You cannot send in copies of these transcripts yourself. If you are an alumnus (ae) of this university, there is no need to have transcripts sent. If you attended a university outside the U.S. and the transcripts are not in English, they must be translated by a certified translator. The translation and an official copy of the transcripts must be submitted.

Q. When do I pay for courses?
A. You pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. You are registered for two sessions, or four courses, each semester.

Q. What kind of undergraduate degree must I have to qualify for this program?
A. The university requires you to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Q. What are the required scores for the GMAT/GRE?
A. GMAT minimum is 500; GRE minimum be within the 40th percentile. Test scores are valid as follows:
GMAT scores - five years
GRE scores - five years 
TOEFL scores - two years
Institutional TOEFL scores- one year

Q. Are there any pre-requisites for non-business majors?
A. Non-business majors must attend a finance tutorial before beginning the program.

 Q. Are there any special requirements for international students?
A. International students need to take the TOEFL test; they will need to score at least 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based test. Please visit http://www.toefl.org for more information.

Q. Can I start the program in any semester?
A. We begin three tracks of this program each year. Typically, they begin in January, and August.

Q. Where, when, and at what time are classes held?
A. Classes are held in three locations FIU Broward Pembroke Pines Center (January start), Downtown Miami Center (August start) and Modesto A. Maidique Campus (August start).

Q. Are the courses held in a certain sequence?
A. The course listings on this site provide one desired sequence. This sequence may be changed at the discretion of the administrators. However, certain prerequisites will be built into any sequence.

Q. How many students are there in classes?
The maximum number of students per class is 40.

Q. Is a thesis required in the program?
A.  No, there is no required thesis.

Q. Can I prolong the MSF program for more than twelve months?
A. No, you cannot prolong the MSF for more than twelve months. Since it is a lock-step program, you must remain with your class throughout the entire sequence until the program is concluded.

Q. Can I apply for financial aid?
A. Please contact our Chapman Financial Aid Coordinator at 305-348.4234.

Meet Our Faculty

Chun-Hao Chang
Chair, Department of Finance, Department of Finance and Real Estate 
Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 207 A 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-2680 
Email: changch@fiu.edu 
   
Joel R Barber
Associate Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 205 A 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-2027 
Email: barberj@fiu.edu 
   
  Deanna Butchey
Associate Dean, Accreditation
Senior Lecturer
Department of Finance
College of Business
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 352
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7238
Email: butcheyd@fiu.edu  
   
Krishnan Dandapani
Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 209 B 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-4241 
Email: dandapan@fiu.edu 
   
Brice V. Dupoyet
Associate Professor 
Florida International Bankers Association Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 209 A 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-3328 
Email: dupoyetb@fiu.edu 
   
Shahid S Hamid
Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 202 B 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-2727 
Email: hamids@fiu.edu 
   
Xiaoquan Jiang
Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow
Associate Professor
Department of Finance
College of Business
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 208B
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7910
Email: jiangx@fiu.edu
   
Edward Ronald Lawrence
Assistant Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 205 A 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-0082 
Email: elawrenc@fiu.edu 
   
   
Arun J Prakash
Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 206 A 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-3324 
Email: prakasha@fiu.edu 
   
Suchismita Mishra
Associate Professor 
Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 203 B 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-4282 
Email: mishras@fiu.edu 
   
Ozde Oztekin Ozde Oztekin
Assistant Professor
Department of Finance
College of Business
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 208B
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-2680
ooztekin@fiu.edu  
   
Ali M Parhizgari
Ingersoll Rand International Business Professor 
Department of Finance and Real Estate 
College of Business Administration 
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8 Street, RB 204 B 
Miami, FL 33199 
Phone: 305-348-3326 
Email: parhiz@fiu.edu 
   
Emmanuel Roussakis
Professor Emeritus
Department of Finance
College of Business
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, CBC 200
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-4243
Email: roussake@fiu.edu  

Admissions

Application Process and Requirements

The program admits students every fall and spring term.

Candidates must satisfy all requirements for each degree. To obtain the MSF degree, the student will be required to take twelve (12) finance courses. This includes the three finance courses in the MSIRE program, plus nine finance courses from the MSF fast track program, for a total of 36 credit hours.  Four of the nine MSF courses will be used to satisfy part of the elective requirements of the MSIRE program.  To obtain the MSIRE degree, the student will have to fulfill all the MSIRE program requirements. The two degrees will have 4 common courses. Courses transferred between degrees must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. MSF courses transferred to meet MSIRE elective credit must be approved by the University Curriculum Committee.  Directors of the MSIRE and MSF degree programs may adjust these exact course requirements as a result of future changes to the MSIRE or MSF curriculums.

Candidates applying to our Master of Science in Finance program must adhere to the following deadlines:

To begin in the Spring term (January)

September 1

Last day for international applicants to submit a graduate application

October 1

Last day for international applicants to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and Declaration of Finances.

Last day for U.S. applicants to submit a graduate application and supporting credentials.

To begin in the Fall term (August)

June 1st

Last day for all applicants to submit online application, all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and Declaration and Certification of Finances.

For all applicants

  • Complete the online application for admission.
    • You may complete the online application and submit it, even without having taken the GMAT, GRE or TOEFL.  We prefer that you mail supporting materials (essay, letters of recommendation, etc…) to us rather than uploading them onto the online application.  
  • Pay a $30 application fee.  Most major credit cards are accepted.  Checks or money orders are also accepted and should be made payable to Florida International University.
  • Send official transcripts from all previously attended universities, in a sealed envelope
    • A four year Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution as well as a minimum upper division grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 are required.
    • The original transcripts must be submitted in an envelope sealed by the degree-granting institution.
    • Students whose official transcripts are not in English will be required to submit translated transcripts.  If this applies to you please ask your university to provide two original transcripts.  The first set of transcripts must remain in the sealed envelope.  The second set of transcripts should be sent to an official translation company for translation.
    • Applicants who already possess a Masters degree from an accredited institution may be eligible for a GMAT waiver provided that the graduate degree GPA is 3.0 or better.
    • Meet either one of the three:

      • Achieve a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT or a score within the 40th percentile in both sections of the GRE exam and have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate study. FIU university's code is: 5206.
      • Have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate business degree and a minimum of four years of professional business (finance affiliated industries such as banking, investment, accounting, insurance, etc) related work experience.
      • Have a undergraduate finance degree from FIU with an upper division GPA of a 3.0
  • If you earned your Bachelor Degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS.  Minimum scores for the TOEFL are:  550 paper-based, 213 computer-based and 80 internet-based.  Minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5.  When requesting the official scores, please refer to the Florida International University Institution code 5206.  
  • Submit a current resume of professional experience. (Internships and part-time employment may be included)
  • Submit a statement of purpose:  a one-page essay describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing the MS in Finance degree at Florida International University.
  • Submit a copy of your passport or Alien card.

 

For international students

International students applying for the F-1 student visa will be required to submit financial documentation. Financial documents must be recent (6 months or less from the program start date).

  • Request a letter from your bank or the bank of your sponsor (a parent, for example) stating that you or your sponsor have sufficient funds of at least $54,500.00 for tuition and living expenses.  The types of accounts from which these bank letters are accepted are:  savings, checking or money market accounts. The bank letter must be contained in a sealed envelope, printed on original bank letterhead and signed by a bank representative.
  • If the bank account and aforementioned letter are in the name of a sponsor, the sponsor will need to submit a signed sponsor letter stating that he or she will fund your education and expenses while you are enrolled in the MS in International Real Estate program.  Click here to see a sample sponsor letter.
  • Submit a completed and signed Declaration of Finance (DCF) form. Please note that the minimum amount in the DCF must be at least $54,500.00 for the academic year 2013-2014. 

 

Mailing Address
Submit all materials to
MS in Finance 
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8th Street CBC 200
Miami, FL  33199-0001

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Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admissions into the program

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

Tuition for the MS in Finance Program that starts in August 2013 is $30,000.00 for Florida residents and $33,600.00 for non-residents.

Once you are accepted into the program, you will be required to submit a $300 non-refundable professional development fee, which will be applied toward the fees for the program.

Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester.

Those who leave the program receive no refunds.

MS in Finance tuition covers:

  • tuition
  • course materials and software
  • university fees
  • parking decal
  • meals on class days
  • professional development seminars
  • special events

In addition to participating in the mandatory Professional Development Seminars, students will also be required to attend a Ropes Course prior to the first day of classes. This event is a weekend event.

Because state law prohibits the university from extending credit, fee payment cannot be delayed beyond the start of classes or financed by the MS in Finance or the university. An exception to the advance payment policy will be made only for those who have been awarded financial aid by the university (scholarship, fellowship, loan) and granted a deferment. To find information on scholarships and aid, please visit our financial aid page.

If you expect to receive aid from other sources, for all or part of the program, but will not receive aid in time to meet the advance payment deadline, you should arrange for financing through a bank or other financial institution to ensure that your program fees are paid on a timely basis.

All fees are subject to change.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

We recommend that you begin thinking about your financial aid needs and options during the initial admissions process to the Chapman Graduate School of Business.

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Contact Us 

For more information about the Master of Science in Finance program, please contact our office, msf@fiu.edu or 305-348-7277.


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