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Financial Economics: MS

Financial Economics

The master of science in financial economics is designed as a terminal, professional degree in financial economics. The curriculum includes courses in the key areas of finance and the supporting areas of economics and quantitative methods, and is designed to help students pass the first Chartered Financial Analyst exam at the end of their second semester in the program.

The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. Students have the opportunity to work with qualified faculty members with extensive training in finance and financial macroeconomics. Faculty members are experts in economics and finance research and they have professional credentials and real-world experience.

The department is also one of the select few departments in the nation that provides students with access to Bloomberg Terminals and Training. These terminals not only support classroom instruction and faculty research, but provide a means for students to become certified in the use of Bloomberg, a skill that provides value to future employers once students begin their professional careers.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

The MSFE prepares students for a wide range of careers both within and outside the financial industry, including:

  • Risk management
  • Asset management
  • Macroeconomic and financial forecasting
  • Trading
  • Financial and economic research

Admission Requirements

Students from various majors are welcome to apply; however, it is preferred that students have taken courses in intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, econometrics or statistics, mathematical economics/calculus, and corporate finance.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile for the verbal portion and above the 60th percentile for the quantitative portion on the GRE or GMAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following deadline:

  • Fall semester – June 30
  • In order to increase chances for financial assistance, students should apply by March 15.

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MSFE by pursuing the following option:

  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.

Financial Assistance

Most graduate students in this program receive placement as a research assistant, which includes a one-year, $9,000 stipend and subsidized health insurance.

A variety of funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support.

Basudeb Biswas, PhD, University of Chicago
Area: International trade and economic development
Office: BUS 614
Phone: (435) 797-2304

Ben Blau, PhD, University of Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Area: Short-scale constraints, market efficiency informed trading
Office: BUS 603
Phone: (435) 797-2340

Tyler Bowles, PhD, University of North Carolina
Department Head, Professor
Area: Econometrics, international economics
Office: BUS 615
Phone: (435) 797-2378

Frank Caliendo, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor
Area: Macroeconomic dynamics with a focus on public and private pension design, behavioral economics and finance, saving for retirement, household finance, mathematics
Office: BUS 602
Phone: (435) 797-2963

Drew Dahl, PhD, University of Tennessee
Howard Dance Professorship
Department: Economics and Finance Department
Area: Financial institutions, international finance
Office: BUS 804
Phone: (435) 797-1911

Christopher Fawson, PhD, Texas A&M University
Senior Associate Dean
Department: Economics and Finance Department
Area: Senior Associate Dean
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-2320

James Feigenbaum, PhD, University of Iowa
Assistant Professor
Area: Lifecycle consumption and saving, macroeconomics, finance, econophysics
Office: BUS 620
Phone: (435) 797-2316

T. Scott Findley, PhD, Colorado State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Pension design within the context of life-cycle consumption, saving theory
Office: BUS 612
Phone: (435) 797-2371

John Gilbert, PhD, University of Auckland
Vernon Maughan Buehler and MaRee C. Buehler Professor
Area: International trade theory and policy, applied general equilibrium modeling, development economics
Office: BUS 604
Phone: (435) 797-2314

Terry Glover, PhD, Purdue University
Area: Production economics and policy
Office: BUS 607
Phone: (435) 797-2297

Dwight Israelsen, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of International Academic Initiatives
Department: Economics and Finance Department
Area: Comparative systems, economic history
Office: BUS 608
Phone: (435) 797-2298

Austin Kwag, PhD, University of Tennassee - Knoxville
Associate Professor
Area: Investments, corporate finance
Office: BUS 605
Phone: (435) 797-2361

Robert Malko, PhD, Purdue University
Department: Economics and Finance Department
Area: Corporate and energy utility finance
Office: BUS 606
Phone: (435) 797-2363

Shannon Peterson, PhD, The Ohio State University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: History of economics, political science, international relations and trade
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-3966

Randy Simmons, PhD, University of Oregon
Area: Environmental politics and policy, public choice
Office: BUS 618
Phone: (435) 797-1310

Alan Stephens, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Department: Economics and Finance Department
Area: Corporate finance, systems thinking, investments
Office: BUS 806
Phone: (435) 797-2367

Diana Thomas, PhD, George Mason University
Assistant Professor
Area: Public choice, development economics
Office: BUS 616
Phone: (435) 797-2013

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.

Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.

Women in Business Association (WIBA): As a new organization on theUtah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills forthe business world.

Huntsman Opportunities

Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.



Academic Advising

Rick Hornsby
Lecturer, and Graduate Program Director
Office: EBB 607
Phone: (435) 797-5786

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