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Financial Economics

Master of Science in Financial Economics

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The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a designated STEM degree program that will give you the financial knowledge, analytical skills and real-world experience to launch a successful career.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Financial Economics program emphasizes modern quantitative methods in finance and econometrics. Students are taught the theories that guide financial practices and the highly sought-after quantitative skills that are necessary to perform sophisticated financial analyses.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s rich tradition in economics and econometrics and finance puts it in a unique position to provide the rigorous training offered by this program. Our programs are continually ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report.

The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a designated STEM degree program that will give you the theoretical knowledge, quantitative skills and real-world experience to launch a successful career. As a joint program between the Wisconsin School of Business’ Finance Department and the Department of Economics, you have access to faculty and services in both areas — including access to the first-rate Finance Analytics Lab with specialized Bloomberg terminals.
The emphasis on data-driven, state-of-the-art quantitative methods differentiates our program from other master’s programs in finance or financial engineering.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Financial Economics program emphasizes modern quantitative methods in finance and econometrics. Students are taught the theories that guide financial practices and the highly sought-after quantitative skills that are necessary to perform sophisticated financial analyses.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s rich tradition in economics and econometrics and finance puts it in a unique position to provide the rigorous training offered by this program. Our programs are continually ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report.

The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a designated STEM degree program that will give you the theoretical knowledge, quantitative skills and real-world experience to launch a successful career. As a joint program between the Wisconsin School of Business’ Finance Department and the Department of Economics, you have access to faculty and services in both areas — including access to the first-rate Finance Analytics Lab with specialized Bloomberg terminals.
The emphasis on data-driven, state-of-the-art quantitative methods differentiates our program from other master’s programs in finance or financial engineering.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have taken courses in multivariate calculus and statistics.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • Joint program with unique access to Economics and Finance faculty.
  • Small cohort with individualized attention.
  • Career coaching/workshops and placement assistance from both the Wisconsin School of Business and the Department of Economics.

University of Wisconsin–Madison economics and econometrics are continually highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Classes are held face-to-face on the UW–Madison campus.
  • Rigorous coursework prepares students for careers in industry and academia.
  • Faculty have created cutting edge courses that provide students with in-demand analytical skills unique to the world of finance including training in Python, R, and Stata.

Sample curriculum

Required Courses

  • Macroeconomics I
  • Econometrics I
  • Financial Microeconomics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Investment Theory
  • Corporation Finance Theory & Practice
  • Derivative Securities Theory & Practice
  • Advanced Derivative Securities

Electives

Take one additional elective course in Finance and one additional elective course in Economics.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Contemporary Topics
  • Economic Statistics and Econometrics I
  • Economic Theory-Microeconomics Sequence
  • Economic Theory-Macroeconomics Sequence
  • Machine Learning for Economists
  • International Financial Economics
  • Data Analytics for Economists

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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