Master of Science in Financial Economics

The Master of Science in Financial Economics focuses on mastery of topics at the interface of Economics and Finance. A large part of the field of Finance has roots in Economics. This program provides students who wish to build on that foundation with better understanding in the practical areas of Finance and Economics. This cross-disciplinary program brings together courses from a number of Stuart disciplines to offer a degree that is geared towards placing students on a path to career success in this growing area.

The Master of Science in Financial Economics degree provides students with comprehensive scientific, mathematical and applied skill sets required for testing and applying Financial and Economic Models. This program equips students with tools and critical thinking skills necessary to solve problems in Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Asset pricing, Risk Management, Financial Engineering, or Corporate Finance. It will help prepare students for careers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Stuart School of Business is a global leader in bridging technology and business, offering distinctive education that trains students to become outstanding professionals in economics, finance, analytics, marketing, business, public administration, operations, and management. 

Finance and Economics at Illinois Tech have a prestigious history that dates back to the late 1800s, with some of the nation’s first courses in "Family and Consumer Science" (including “Home Economics” and “Household Management”) being offered by the Lewis Institute, Stuart’s original home, and the Institute’s subsequent formation of the Department of Business and Economics in 1926.

Over a period of more than 125 years, building on curricular innovations by Julia A. Beveridge and George N. Carman, and on foundational scholarly works by trailblazing Illinois Tech scholars Herb A. Simon (author of Administrative Behavior, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics), Karl Menger (developer of the St. Petersburg paradox in economics) and Abe Sklar (developer of the Copula in financial modeling), the Stuart School of Business has refined education in business disciplines.

A long-standing leader in curricular innovation, in 1990, building on the foundational works of numerous Illinois Tech scholars, and Harold L. Stuart’s own contributions to finance and the broader business community, the Stuart School of Business established quantitative finance as an academic discipline, with a world’s first postgraduate Master’s program in Financial Markets and Trading – a program that highlighted a new model for embedding into a postgraduate academic program the emphases on career readiness and connectedness with the business community, and transformed business school education.

Today, the Master of Science in Financial Economics continues Stuart's tradition of being a frontier innovator in the finance and economics disciplines, offering students outstanding concentrations and curricular and co-curricular opportunities that place them on the path to success.


Required Core Courses (30)
MSC 511Mathematical Economics I - Microeconomics3
MSC 512Econometrics and Statistics I3
MSC 514Mathematical Economics II - Microeconomics and Macroeconomics3
MSC 515Econometrics and Statistics II3
MSF 504Valuation and Portfolio Management3
MSF 506Financial Statement Analysis3
Students must select 4 elective courses from the following list. Three of those courses may be used to fulfill a concentration. See concentrations tab on this page for more information.12
Theory of Finance I3
Asset Valuation3
Futures, Options, and OTC Derivatives3
Models for Derivatives3
Fixed Income Portfolio Management3
Credit Risk Management3
Market Risk Management3
Time Series Analysis3
Corporate Finance3
Investment Banking and Venture Capital3
Asset Valuation3
Term Structure Modeling and Interest Rate Derivatives3
Quantitative Portfolio Management3
Machine Learning for Finance and Business3
Energy Commodities Analytics and Trading3
High Frequency Finance and Technology3
Entrepreneurial Finance3
Independent Study in Finance3
Optimization II3
Analytics for Decision Making3
Marketing Research and Engineering3
Equity Valuation3
Market Risk Management3
Credit Risk Management3
Philosophy of Management3
Advanced Research Methods3
Structured Fixed Income Portfolios3
Quantitative Investment Strategies3
Predictive Analytics3
Corporate Finance3
Enterprise Risk Management3
International Finance Theory3
Quantitative Marketing Models3
Supply Chain Analytics3
Current Topics in Marketing Analytics3
Social Network Analytics3
Visual Analytics - Data Analytics & Visualization3
Special Research Issues3
Total Credit Hours30