Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Master of Science in Finance and Economics (M.S.F.E.)
The College of Business at West Texas A&M University offers a Master of Science in Finance and Economics (MSFE). A program like this is offered at few other schools in the United States. We are able to offer the degree at West Texas A&M University because our economics and finance programs reside in the same department. The MSFE is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of economics and finance, particularly those interested in or already working in: (1) Finance institutions and finance departments in business and government; (2) Policy-oriented and community service occupations in the private and public sectors; (3) Economic and financial consulting and advising; (4) Teaching at the high school, community college, or instructor level; (5) Preparation for law school or doctorate programs in economics, finance, management, or marketing. The program's orientation toward application as opposed to theory enhances opportunities for graduates in a broad range of occupations and institutions. The program places strong emphasis on corporate governance and ethics which includes recognition of FIN 5311 by MBAprograms.org in the article,
The 36 credit hour MSFE program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the degree can be completed in as soon as one year for some students. Courses are offered on campus, in Amarillo (primarily at night) and online. Students are able to take courses in a combination of these offerings.
Full Admission Requirements
Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
Provisional Acceptance Requirements
Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher but less than 3.0
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Students seeking a Master of Science in Finance and Economics degree must first establish proficiency in Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Statistics. This proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program, by completing advanced standing examinations in these areas, or by taking the following courses: ECON 6300, FIN 6300, ACCT 6300, CIDM 6300.
M.S.F.E. Core Courses (21 graduate hours)
Upon completion of all course work for the MSFE degree, the student will be required to take a comprehensive written and/or oral exam covering the core courses and the area of specialization selected by the student.
Learning Objectives for the MSFE Program
Goal 1: Professional Communication:
MSFE Comprehensive Exam
The MSFE comprehensive exam will be offered the second Friday in November and second Friday in April at 9 a.m. The comprehensive examination covers MSFE goals 2, 3, and 4 with an explicit focus on objective 4.1 and an implicit focus on objectives 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, and 4.2. Click on the learning objectives and study hints for exam assistance.
Click on Dr. Owens’ Financial Toolkit for a review of corporate finance concepts. The link for the Toolkit is: http://www.jkowens.com/FMT/FMTindex.htm.
The spring 2013 comprehensive exam is scheduled for April 19, 2013. Dr. Anne Macy is the exam coordinator.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, director of graduate business programs at email@example.com