Master of Financial Economics: MFE
The master of financial economics program 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 provides flexibility for student to pursue various tracks. For instance, the flexibility of the curriculum can allow students to develop a program that will better prepare students to take and pass the 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.
Alternatively, another track will allow students to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. Students interested in this track will have opportunities to work in wealth advising, financial planning, or other related fields.
A third potential track will allow students to gain cutting-edge, quantitative and analytical skills. Students in this track will be exposed to econometric techniques including machine learning and forecasting. These students will be prepared to enter the work force in the field of data science and analytics.
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
- Financial and economic research
- Corporate Finance
- Wealth Advising
- Financial Planning
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.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the $55 application fee
- A Statement of Purpose that explains the students work experience and extracurricular activities and discussion of future plans upon completion of the program.
- 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.
The department has the following deadline:
- Fall semester – June 30
- In order to increase chances for financial assistance, students should apply by March 15.
Some graduate students in this program can apply for competitive financial assistance to work as a research or teaching assistant. These positions are highly competitive and all applications will be considered.
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): WIBA 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 for the business world.
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.