Finance: Data Analytics in Finance, MS

For the Degree of Master of Science: Major in Finance, Data Analytics in Finance Concentration


College: Gies College of Business
Department: Finance
Corresponding Major: Finance, MS
Faculty: https://business.illinois.edu/finance/people/faculty/
Departmental Website: https://business.illinois.edu/finance/


The Data Analytics in Finance Concentration is designed to develop graduates who understand:

  • how to apply data analytics in a variety of financial contexts including investment and policy decisions;
  • critically solve business problems using data-intensive economic and financial information; and,
  • synthesize and effectively communicate data-intensive information, findings, and conclusions to others, including supervisors, peers, and clients. 

This concentration will not only provide a strong technical knowledge of data analytics topics, but also provide students multiple opportunities to apply this knowledge via experiential learning opportunities. 


Concentration Requirements:

Total Hours for Concentration:12
FIN 510Course FIN 510 Not Found (Big Data Analytics in Finance)4
Any two (2) of the following graduate courses:8
Financial Risk Management
Special Topics in Finance (Section FT: Fintech)
Special Topics in Finance (Section DA: Data Analytics)
Special Topics in Finance (Section DK: Applied Financial Econometrics)

Finance Major Requirements:

Core courses16
Graduate level finance courses12
Elective graduate coursework12
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Ph.D. only option

For Ph.D. students: A Master of Science degree is available for students in the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. students may earn a masters degree as they work toward the Ph.D. degree. Students interested in a terminal masters degree are not admitted to the Ph.D. program. Options available at this University for a terminal masters degree in finance include the M.S. in Finance (terminal masters) described above, and the MBA with a track in finance as described under the section on Business Administration - MBA.

Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other Requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0