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Program Description:

The Master of Science in Accounting and Finance (M.Sc. AccFin) is awarded to students on the basis of a demonstrated achievement of program outcomes. The program is delivered over two years and includes academic, discipline-specific studies delivered through practical and experiential learning. The M.Sc. AccFin program offers an integrated approach that combines core practical accounting and finance application knowledge with applied research and analytical skills which are aligned with industry demands. Many courses include a research project as part of their assessment. Upon completion of the program, graduates will clearly demonstrate independent thinking in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. Graduates demonstrate the global functions of practical accounting and financial knowledge, and are adept in dealing with complex issues in a systematic, strategic and creative way. Students develop the knowledge skills and competencies to apply an advanced body of knowledge in multiple contexts for both professional practice and as a pathway to a doctoral degree in Accounting or Finance.

Program Duration:

Two years

Admissions Requirements:

1. Undergraduate degree in Business from an accredited higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; OR

2. Undergraduate degree in an unrelated field of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be required to complete bridging courses to enhance existing know-ledge, skill, and competencies; OR

3. Undergraduate degree with GPA above 2.0 and below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, must have a minimum of five years’ work experience in a related field. In addition, bridging courses may be required.

1. The required score on the UDST English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internation-ally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department; OR

2. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 6.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 6.0; OR

3. A valid (within two years) TOEFL score of 90 and min-imum scores of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, and 20 in speaking.

1. Academic transcripts related to the undergraduate degree must be submitted with application, AND

2. Employment certificate from current employer indicating minimum full-time employment experience in years.

To see the 2022-2023 Study Plan pages, please CLICK HERE!

2023-2024 Study Plan


Course number course title REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
    PRE-Req co-req cr lec lab
Semester 1
MSAF6100 Empirical Research Methods - - 3 3 0
MSAF6105 Financial Management - - 3 3 0
MSAF6101 Financial Statement Preparation & Analysis - - 3 3 0
Semester 1 Total   9 9 0
MSAF6205 Advanced Corporate Finance


- 3 3 0
MSAF6211 Advanced Management Accounting - - 3 3 0
MSAF6201 International Financial Reporting MSAF6101 - 3 3 0
Semester 2 Total       9 9 0
Year 1 Total       18 18 0
Course number course title REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
  PRE-Req co-req cr lec lab
Semester 3
MSAF6305 Investments & Portfolio Management MSAF6205 - 3 3 0
Elective: Select 1 of 3
MSAF6315 Advanced Asset Pricing MSAF6205 - 3 3 0
MSAF6301 Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Financial Economics MSAF6101 MSAF6105 - 3 3 0
MSAF6325 Derivatives & Alternative Investments MSAF6205 - 3 3 0
Semester 3 Total 6 6 0
SEMESTER 4      
MSAF6400 Accounting & Finance Thesis MSAF6100 - 6 2 12
Semester 4 Total: 6 2 12
Year 2 Total:   12 8 12
M.Sc. AccFin Program Total: 30 26 12

Graduate Future Pathways:

Graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting and Finance (M.Sc. AccFin) program may choose to continue their post graduate studies and pursue a Doctorate degree in their area of specialization.

Career Opportunities:

The two year Master of Science in Accounting and Finance (M.Sc. AccFin) is an applied program with learning outcomes closely linked to the labor market. A wide range of career opportunities in the field currently exist and include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Financial Analyst

• Financial Manager

• Investment Banker

• Financial Consultant

• Investor Relations Manager

• Portfolio Manager


Program Contact:

Dr. Antoine Awad
Department Head, Accounting and Finance

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