Graduate Bulletin

Finance, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: June 1

Spring: September 30

Completed applications are processed throughout the year as they are received. International students who miss the deadline are required to submit to Temple University an evaluation of their transcript by an approved educational evaluation firm.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Professional references from an immediate supervisor, current or past, are preferred.  Academic references are acceptable.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Students should have an undergraduate business degree. Students not adequately prepared for the advanced level may be required to take a number of M.B.A. core courses. The department offering the courses in the area of specialization will identify the core requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required, although it need not be in a business discipline.

Statement of Goals:

Two essays are required.  See the Fox School of Business and Management website at for details.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/GMAT is required. Quantitative and verbal scores on the GRE should be in the 50th percentile or above. Scores under 550 on the GMAT are not considered acceptable for the M.S. program.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upper-level graduate credits from an accredited graduate business program, but not previously applied to a conferred degree, may be transferred into the M.S. program. The credits must be part of the required degree program at Temple University. To be transferred, the grade must be a "B" or better. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations to the department chair about the transfer of credits. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 42

Required Courses:

Business Core Courses (12 credits):

ACCT 5001: Financial and Managerial Accounting

ECON 5001: Managerial Economics

FIN 5001: Financial Analysis and Strategy

STAT 5001: Quantitative Business Methods

All or some of these courses may be waived based on previous completion of appropriate graduate or undergraduate level courses at an AACSB-accredited institution.

Advanced Curriculum (30 credits):

Choose six or seven from a pre-approved list of upper-level Finance electives.

Choose three or four from upper-level electives in Accounting, Economics, or Statistics.

Other courses may be substituted for the non-finance electives with the permission of the program coordinator.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.

Program Contact Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1515 Market Street, Suite 401

Philadelphia, PA 19102



215-204-1632 (fax)

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1515 Market Street, Suite 401

Philadelphia, PA 19102



215-204-1632 (fax)

Department Contacts:


Director of Graduate Admissions



215-204-1632 (fax)

Program Coordinator:

Jon Scott, Faculty Advisor


Graduate Chairperson:

Kenneth Kopecky



Robert Bonner

Assistant Dean, MBA & MS Programs


About the Program

The Fox School of Business and Management offers M.S. programs through which students acquire in-depth knowledge of one business discipline. These programs are ideally suited to the business professional who wishes to develop advanced mastery of one business specialization. Our approach to graduate education helps develop practical expertise through case analyses and presentations, interaction with business practitioners, and team projects. The Fox School prepares students to step immediately into key management roles in highly specialized fields. The Fox School is the region's second largest business graduate school, with over 1,300 students studying in 35 graduate business areas of concentration.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:

Center City, Fort Washington

Required business core courses are offered at the Center City and Fort Washington campuses through a rotation cycle.  A selection of upper-level courses is offered at the Center City and Fort Washington campuses each semester. Courses may also be offered online.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1515 Market Street, Suite 401

Philadelphia, PA 19102



215-204-1632 (fax)

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's eBusiness Institute, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute of Global Management Studies, the Institute for Healthcare Management, the Center for e-Marketing, the Ethics Resource Center, the Safeguard Scientifics Center for Economic Education, the Institute for Financial Services, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University. The Finance Department faculty conducts research in Acquisitions Dividend Policy, Asset-based Back Securities, Corporate Governance, Corporate Restructuring, Portfolio Theory, and Real Estate Analysis.

Study Abroad:

The Fox School of Business and Management provides graduate-level courses during the summer at its Rome, Italy campus.


The Fox School of Business and Management is highly ranked. Current ranking information may be viewed at the following website:


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate business programs are accredited by AACSB -- The International Association for Management Education.

Areas of Specialization:

To gain mastery, students complete a minimum of ten advanced level courses (500 level or above) beyond either the prerequisites or foundation curricula.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the Fox School of Business and Management obtain jobs in computer/information technology; consulting; consumer products and services; energy/utilities; financial services/banking; government; healthcare; industrial products and services; manufacturing; the pharmaceutical industry; telecommunications; and tourism/transportation.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above may take classes on a non-matriculated status. Non-matriculated students can take a maximum of nine credit hours. Any additional courses require the student to be matriculated in a program.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships, when available, include teaching and supervised research and require 20 hours of service per week. An Assistantship provides a stipend and tuition sholarship.

Updated 10.26.07