Department of Economics
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Students at USF can enroll in a 4 + 1 program in which they obtain both a Bachelor's degree in Financial Economics and a Master of Science degree in Financial Analysis within five years. The MSc in Financial Analysis (MSFA) emphasizes the key role of economic analysis in the investment management and valuation profession. The MSFA is structured around the body of knowledge set forth by the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam program and has been accredited as an Academic Program Partner by the CFA Institute since 2006.
Students who graduate from the MSc. in Financial Analysis program will be prepared for a number of career options, including work in the financial industry as a financial analyst, investment manager or investment advisor. Students who graduate with the MSFA degree generally pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well.
Students can apply to enter the 4+1 Economics BA/MSFA program from any major at USF if they have a 3.5 GPA in Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomic, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics and two semesters of Calculus (Math 109 and Math 110).
Transfer students must fulfill this requirement and have completed a minimum of 8 units of upper-division Economics or Math coursework at USF with a GPA of 3.4 in these courses.
Students are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA in the required courses to stay in the program.
Students in the five-year program begin to take graduate-level courses when they achieve senior-level standing at the University. Students graduate with the BA in Financial Economics and officially matriculate into the MSFA program upon completion of College graduation requirements, which include 128 units of credit within which graduate courses will substitute for undergraduate courses in satisfying the BSc requirement. The total units required for the Joint BA/MSFA Program in Economics is 154 units.
There are no elective courses in the Joint BS Financial Economics/MSFA program.