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The Whitman Advantage Program

This program is exclusive partnerships with select U.S. Schools, and does not apply to traditional applicants.

4 + 1 MSF Program

The one year master's of finance (MSF) degree in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is particularly well-suited to the needs of graduates with an undergraduate degree in finance or business who have professional career goals for subject matter expertise. Whitman's MSF Advantage Program provides guidance to prospective students in selecting the equivalent prerequisite courses prior to completing their undergraduate degree programs. In this way, an individual can complete work for the one year MSF degree in the Whitman School of Management in only one academic year (nine months) of additional study.

The 4 + 1 plan offers the graduate an opportunity to plan his/her academic program carefully and take advantage of the total educational experience afforded by full-time study for the MSF degree with a minimum of additional expense and time. After five years of college study, the graduate will have obtained both a bachelor's degree from their undergraduate institution and an MSF from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Check with your department about how you can prepare yourself to be a part of the Whitman MSF Advantage Program, and what courses you can take to prepare for graduate study immediately following your undergraduate degree.


Admission to the MSF Advantage Program at the Whitman School is based upon the overall merits of one's application. If your institution is a participating member of the Whitman Advantage Program, and you have completed the specific foundation course requirements, you are eligible for guaranteed admission into the MSF program if you meet the below minimum admission standards::

  • GMAT score of 600 or better
  • 3.4 grade point average (last two academic years of study)
  • All foundation courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of "B" or better prior to entering the Whitman program (check with your advisor to see what these particular classes are)

Return on Your Investment

Students that meet the above criteria and enroll in the MSF program will be reimbursed for their application fee and GMAT exam costs. In addition, a merit scholarship of at least $5,000 will be awarded.

Program Structure

Building on a knowledge base in undergraduate subjects, the one year MSF program consists of 30 semester hours of study at the graduate level. The core consists of 18-21 credits of advanced finance courses each worth three credit hours:

  • Theory of Finance
  • Investment Analysis
  • Corporate FinancialPolicy and Strategy
  • International Finance
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Commercial BankManagement
  • Securities Markets
  • Equity Valuation
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Distress/Value Investing
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Institutional Trading
  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Modeling
  • Derivatives
  • Applied Financial Management
  • Thesis (optional)

The remaining program requirement consists of nine to twelve credit hours of elective courses from other related subject areas such as accounting, economics, and international business. Therefore, the candidate has the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework in finance as well as a variety of elective courses of specialization.

Participating Schools

(click for PDF of foundation course requirements from your school)