U of A offers new graduate degree in finance in fall 2020
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sam M. Walton College of Business is now offering a Master of Science in Finance from Fall 2020, and applications are being accepted.
The degree was created to meet the challenges of a digital economy where information and technology are transforming the function of finance and the nature of financial markets.
“The financial industry is becoming increasingly sophisticated and digital,” said Matt Waller, Dean of Walton College and Sam M. Walton Leadership in Business Chair. “It requires analyzing huge amounts of data for easy-to-understand reporting and decision-making. We combine energy finance, risk management, analytics, digital technology and supply chain management to create the value-added skills businesses need. “
“Banking is necessary – traditional banks are not. ‘Fintech’ is revolutionizing retail and commercial banking,” Pu Liu said, referring to the abbreviation for fintech. Liu is chairman of the finance department at Walton College, professor and holder of the Harold Dulan chair in capital formation. “Knowledge of business intelligence and advanced programming is a must in the new digital world of finance and this degree provides just that.”
The Master of Science in Finance, a full-time 30 credit hour program, is designed for early or mid-career students who wish to pursue graduate studies in finance. The program prepares students to become effective financial managers and provides students with cross-functional expertise and focus. In addition to core finance courses, the program includes courses from related disciplines that allow students to specialize in one of four concentrations:
- Energy financing and risk management
- Financial and business analysis
- Finance and digital
- Finance and supply chain management
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Walton College’s Graduate School of Business will waive the GMAT / GRE requirement for master’s programs for fall 2020 program admissions only. Programs may conduct an interview as part of the entrance exam.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in over 200 college programs. The university contributes to new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research and creative activity while providing services to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among less than 3% of US universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top US public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student / faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentorship.