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The Master of Financial Economics program is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

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Master of Arts

Financial Economics

professional pathways stampThe Master of Financial Economics program combines experiential learning and academic rigor to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the financial, economic and banking sector. The program provides opportunities for internships and directed research projects before graduation, significantly increasing graduates’ competitiveness in the job market.

Graduates seek advanced career opportunities in these fields or pursue a doctorate in economics or finance.

Advance your career

This program is ideal for students seeking advanced career opportunities in finance, economics or banking in positions such as financial analyst, banking manager, research assistant or data analyst. Graduates are currently making a difference at institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Huntington Bank, Key Bank and other leading companies. 

Many graduates also pursue a research path and have gained entrance into leading doctoral programs.


BGSU Financial Economics graduates average starting salary


of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation


To obtain a Master's of Arts degree in Financial Economics, students are required to complete 30 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. Given that most courses are 3 credit hours, that means one needs to take minimum 10 courses.  Please refer to the Bursar Department for current information on tuition and fees.

Students can earn a master’s degree in as few as 12 MONTHS

Application Requirements

The program strongly recommends that applicants have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and at least one undergraduate course in each of the following disciplines: calculus, economics and statistics. Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.  

Applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a recommended quantitative reasoning score of at least 50th percentile (153). The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is also accepted. All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.  

International applicants are also required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Stand Out in courses

  • Small Class Sizes
  • Late Afternoon & Evenings Options
  • Financial Assistance
  • Internship/Assistantship Opportunities

COURSE Requirements

  • Econometrics
  • Investment Analysis and Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Graduate Econometrics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Central Banking and the Financial System
  • Internship or Directed Research

BGSU Graduate College

The Master of Financial Economics program is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.