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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. This 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 Business School will accept up to nine credits of graduate coursework taken at another AACSB accredited institution if the grades you earned are "B" or better, and the Academic Review Committee judges the courses to be equivalent to Olin MSF classes in quality and content. Submit the course syllabus and transcript to your academic advisor upon enrollment.


Depending on their academic background, students may be required to enroll in Foundations courses prior to entering the program in June:

  • FIN 510 Introduction to Finance (1.5 credits)
  • ACCT 560 Introduction to Accounting (1.5 credits)
  • MGMT 533 Business Communications
  • Professional Development Workshop

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)
FIN 632 Investment Theory (1.5 credits)
FIN 534 Advanced Corporate Finance I (1.5 credits)
FIN 524 Options and Futures (1.5 credits)
FIN 524B Derivative Securities (1.5 credits)
    Summer II (June to August; 18 credits total)
    FIN 500U Financial Markets – Regulation, Washington, DC, immersion course (3 credits)
    FIN 500T Financial Markets – Institutions, New York immersion course (3 credits)
    FIN 532B Data Analysis for Investments (1.5 credits)
    FIN 524B Advanced Corporate Finance II (1.5 credits)
    FIN 533 Real Option Valuation (1.5 credits)
    FIN 526 Risk Management (1.5 credits)
    FIN 523B Mergers and Acquisitions (1.5 credits)
    Electives (4.5 credits)
    Academic Director: Ohad Kadan

    Download course descriptions (pdf)