General Catalog

2015-2016

4+1 BA/MSFA Program

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Requirements

Admissions

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.

Required 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.

Undergraduate

  • ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 112 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 320 Econometrics
    or
    620 Graduate Econometrics
  • ECON 415 Mathematics for Economists
    or
    ECON 615
  • ECON 350 Money & Banking
  • ECON 450 Monetary Economics
  • MATH 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 211 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MATH 130 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 370 Probability and Statistics
  • UGBA 201 Financial Accounting
  • UGBA 305 Corporate Finance

MS in Financial Analysis

  • All these courses are 2 units.
  • ECON 712 Financial Markets
  • ECON 720 Equity Valuation
  • ECON 722 Fixed Income I
  • ECON 724 Derivatives I
  • ECON 726 Advanced Financial Statements
  • ECON 728 Financial Markets
  • ECON 730 Behavioral Finance and Risk Management
  • ECON 732 Derivatives II
  • ECON 734 International Finance
  • ECON 740 Capital Markets
  • ECON 742 Alternative Investments
  • ECON 744 Financial Econometrics
  • ECON 746 Portfolio Management

Electives

There are no elective courses in the Joint BS Financial Economics/MSFA program.

Contact Info

Department of Economics

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Cowell Hall 427, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-2765 (415) 422-6983