Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2012/2013
Canadian Excellence

Master of Finance

The Master of Finance prepares students to work as analysts and researchers with investment banks and other financial institutions through development of excellent quantitative research skills and training in finance. It also prepares students for doctoral work. The program brings together two core disciplines: economics and finance. Students in the co-op option gain practical experience through an 8-month co-op and research experience through the completion of a research paper.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Finance program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the university, and must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in economics or business with a finance concentration. To be considered, applicants should have a minimum B+ average over the last two years of full-time study. The GMAT is required, with a minimum score of 650. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which considers all prior university grades, letters of reference and GMAT score. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Students admitted to the co-op option are permitted to transfer into the non co-op option at any time during their program. However, students admitted to the non co-op option are not permitted to transfer into the co-op option. The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year.

 
Program Requirements - co-op option

The Master of Finance program includes three terms of required coursework, a research paper and an 8-month co-op placement.

Term 1: BU613 - Entrepreneurial Finance, BU673 - Investment Management, BU763 - Econometrics for Finance, BU807 - Accounting for Securities

Term 2: BU623 - Derivatives and Financial Risk Management, BU643 - International Financial Management, BU703 - Seminar in Corporate Finance, BU713 - Fixed Income Analysis, and one of BU633 - Management of Financial Institutions or BU653 - Short-Term Financial Management

Terms 3 and 4: co-op placement (alternatively, students may choose to do two four-month co-op placements in terms 2 and 4)

Term 5: BU663 - Advanced Corporate Finance, BU723 - Advanced Investment Management, BU802 - Research Methodology, MS603 - Research Paper

 
Program Requirements - non co-op option

The Master of Finance program includes three terms of required coursework and a research paper.

Term 1: BU613 - Entrepreneurial Finance, BU673 - Investment Management, BU763 - Econometrics for Finance, BU802 - Research Methodology, BU807 - Accounting for Securities

Term 2: BU623 - Derivatives and Financial Risk Management, BU643 - International Financial Management, BU703 - Seminar in Corporate Finance, BU713 - Fixed Income Analysis, BU723 - Advanced Investment Management

Term 3: BU663 - Advanced Corporate Finance, MS603 - Research Paper, and one of  BU633 - Management of Financial Institutions or BU653 - Short-Term Financial Management