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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Accelerated Curriculum

Success in the fast-paced, high stakes world of finance requires the right combination of quantitative and qualitative skills. The program format allows you to begin a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree during the summer following your junior year of undergraduate study and complete the degree during the summer upon graduation from your undergraduate institution. During your senior year, six credits of coursework will be taught remotely by Olin Business School faculty.

This degree will fast-track your finance career and give you a powerful competitive advantage in an extremely selective field. The curriculum requires you to complete 30 credits and builds your skills with courses focused on investment theory and practice—derivative securities, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions among others.

The curriculum includes immersion courses in Washington, D.C. – offered in collaboration with Brookings Executive Education, a partnership between Washington University and the Brookings Institution, a non-profit, highly acclaimed public-policy research institution. Consider the courses a deep dive into financial markets, policymaking, legislative processes, regulatory agencies, and the Federal Reserve.

Transfer of credit

Olin accepts up to nine credit hours of course work you’ve taken at another AACSB-accredited institution, provided you received a “B” grade or higher in each class, and the Academic Review Committee determines the courses to be equivalent in content and quality to Olin’s Master of Science in Finance courses. Submit the course syllabus for each class and your transcript to your Olin adviser upon enrollment.


Remote Classes (Coursework to be taken remotely from Olin Business School during the senior academic year or as approved by the academic director.)

  • Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
  • Data Analysis, Forecasting and Risk Analysis (3 credits)

6 credits total

Summer I (July to August; 6 credits total)

  • Investment Theory (1.5 credits)
  • Advanced Corporate Finance I (1.5 credits)
  • Options and Futures (1.5 credits)
  • Derivative Securities (1.5 credits)

Summer II (June to August; 18 credits total)

  • Data Analysis for Investments (1.5 credits)
  • Advanced Corporate Finance II (1.5 credits)
  • Real Options (1.5 credits)
  • Risk Management (1.5 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (1.5 credits)
  • Electives (4.5 credits)
  • Financial Markets – Regulation, Washington, DC, immersion course (3 credits)
  • Financial Markets – Institutions, New York immersion course (3 credits)

Depending on their academic background, students may be required to enroll in Foundation Courses prior to entering the program in June.

  • FIN 510 Introduction to Finance (2 credits)
  • ACCT 560 Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 credits)
  • ACCT 562-01 Financial Accounting II (Intermediate Accounting) (2 credits)

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