University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Master of Science in Finance

The Walton MSF program is innovative, inclusive, and impactful, with curriculum tied to industry input and student career goals.

Students focus on financial data analytics, the digital transformation of finance, and innovations in markets and venture finance.

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The Master of Science in Finance is designed for early-to-mid-career students who seek advanced education in finance. The program prepares students with subject matter expertise, the ability to understand diverse perspectives, and analytical skills necessary to succeed in the new digital world of finance.

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Career Outlook

Job prospects for graduates?
What can I expect?

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Courses and Schedule

What coursework is required for this degree?

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Current Student Listing

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Just the Facts: Master of Science in Finance

Program Length

One Year (+)

This program requires two (full-time) semesters to finish. Part-time options are available.

Start Date

Spring or Fall

New cohorts begin in both Spring and Fall semesters for this degree program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test


Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

Fall: April 15 - Spring: September 15

Note: After these dates we are accepting applications on a space available basis.

Total Program Cost


Additional tuition costs applied for out-of-state and international students.
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Master of Science in Finance Students.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Despite employment growth, competition is expected for financial analyst positions. Having certifications and a graduate degree can significantly improve an applicant’s prospects.” Common job titles associated with the knowledge and skills obtained from the program are:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Specialists
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agents

Per, the median salary for a Finance Manager with a master's degree or MBA is $114,667 - $121,840. Experience and supervisory duties influence salary amounts.

Jobs and Salaries

$114K - $121K

National median salary for a Finance Manager with a master's degree or MBA.


Number of financial analysts in the United States in 2019.


Projected numeric change in the number of employed financial analysts from 2019 to 2029. (+5% change)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

Career Services


Courses and Program Schedule

To obtain the Master of Science in Finance degree, students must complete the following 30 hours of coursework.

Program Schedule

Core Courses 15 hours
Choose 5 from the following courses*: 15 hours
* Non-Finance courses and courses in graduate microcertificates may be taken as electives with the approval of the Program Director.

Student Experience

The Master of Science in Finance program will guide students through evolving innovations in financial markets through the extensive use of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics on the practice of finance.

Graduates of this program are expected to achieve competencies in financial modeling and proficiency in computational methods involving machine learning, optimization, and advanced computing languages. These finance skills together with subject matter knowledge will enable graduates to identify, assess, and seize opportunities for value creation in a 'gig' economy.

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton alumni are closely connected to the college, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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