Degree Programs:

School of Business

Master of Science in Strategic Finance-Online Consortium

The Chancellors' Master of Science in Strategic Finance offers instruction in accounting and finance concepts and principles. It prepares you to tackle problems with advanced problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. 

Interpret and respond to financial data and scenarios. Develop ethical strategies to address issues faced by finance professionals. Learn to apply and integrate financial concepts and analytical tools. 

There are three tracks to choose from:

  • Accounting
  • Investments
  • Managerial Finance

This program may be a good fit if you are:

  • A recent college graduate seeking an advanced degree in finance
  • An adult learner with a bachelor’s degree and professional experience 

Note: Students wanting to pursue a CPA may count the 30 credits they earn in this program toward completion of the 150-hour CPA requirement.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the Chancellors’ Master of Science in Strategic Finance, you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (24 cr.)
  • Track courses (6 cr.) 

A total of 6 credits is required for foundational coursework.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.0 undergrad GPA 
  • Three professional references
  • Foundational coursework in accounting (6 cr. hours), finance (3 cr. hours), quantitative methods (3 cr. hours) and economics (6 cr. hours)

NOTE: if you have not completed the above foundational coursework listed above contact IU Online regarding the opportunity to meet this admission requirement by completing the foundational coursework as a non-degree seeking online student in as little as one semester.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Official transcripts
  • Optional for applicants with less than a 3.0 undergrad GPA:
    - A 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program.
    - GMAT score of 550 or GRE score of 309
Courses - Core

Choose one

  • BUNW-F 5xx Corporate Financial Valuation (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E 594 Business Analysis & Valuation (3 cr.)

Choose one  

  • BUSB-E 577 Financial Statement Analysis (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E 577 Financial Statement Analysis (3 cr.)

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  • BUNW-5xx Time Series and Econometrics (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-A 507 Modeling and Simulation (3 cr.)

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  • BUKO-A 511 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E589 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)

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  • BUEA-F 510 Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • BUNW-C 517 Financial Management Analysis (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-C 522 Financial Management (3 cr.)

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  • BUSB-F 542 Strategic Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E 595 Advanced Corporate Finance (3 cr.)

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  • BUKO-D 542 Advanced Managerial Accounting  (3 cr.)
  • BUNW-A 513 Accounting for Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • BUSB-F 503 Decision-Making Tools in Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-A 505 Strategic Cost Management (3 cr.)


  • BUSE-E 597 Fraud Issues in Business (3 cr.)

Accounting Track

Audit: Choose one

  • BUKO-A 534 Auditing Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-G 533 Auditing (3 cr.)

Tax: Choose one

  • BUKO-A 528 Introduction to Taxation (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-H 546 Advanced Corporate Taxation (3 cr.)

Investment Track

Investment Management: choose one

  • BUKO-C 555 Investments (3 cr.)
  • BUNW-F 524 Investment Management (3 cr.)
  • BUSB-F 514 Investment Management (3 cr.) 
  • BUSE-E 557 Investment Management (3 cr.)

Portfolio Management - choose one

  • BUNW-F 517 Speculative Markets and Investment Strategy (3 cr.)
  • BUSB-F 517 Financial Markets and Institutions (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E 567 Portfolio Management and Invest Analysis (3 cr.)

Managerial Finance Track

Choose one from this list and one from Accounting or Investments Tracks

  • BUKO-F 571 International Corporate Finance (3 cr.)
  • BUSB-F 530 International Finance (3 cr.)
  • BUSE-E 568 International Finance Management (3 cr.)

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