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Master of Science in Finance

Welcome to the Master of Science in Finance administrative information page!

This page contains general information about the MS in Finance degree program and administrative policies for current students. More about the MS Finance program and how it will benefit your career, the program curriculum, and faculty can be found on the program main page.

The MS Finance program is offered through a partnership between the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Extended and Global Education.

While your courses originate with the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration faculty, the program is administered through the College of Extended and Global Education (CEGE). This page presents some important administrative details about your program.

Course Cycles and Fees

Students take three courses per 8-week session, two sessions per semester. Classes meet in person on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Note that Saturday classes begin the Saturday before the official first day of the semester.

By taking three courses in each of four, 8-week sessions, students can complete the program in just two semesters. Please see the table below for the 2021-2022 academic year course schedule. By taking the full sequence of courses, students can complete the program in under one year.

The MS in Finance program contains 12, 3-unit courses, plus a 0-unit portfolio and a 0-unit comprehensive exam completed during the last session of the program. The unit fee of $1100 makes a total program fee of $39,600. Textbooks and any administrative fees are not included in the program tuition fee.


Registration takes place about 6 weeks before the beginning of the term. Your Program Specialist will send you a form used to request your courses, and will register you in courses. You’ll receive a registration confirmation email which provides the deadlines for payments. Please note these important dates, provided in the table below, as missed payments may result in late fees and/or being dropped from classes. If you need to make a change, contact the Program Specialist; note the program drop policy below. You may also refer to your MSF student handbook, sent with your Admission Letter.

Once you are enrolled in classes, program staff will send you instructions to activate your myCoyote student center and email. From this time forward, staff will communicate with students through your myCoyote email. Be sure to make your myCoyote email easy to access and check it frequently for program updates and University news.

Drop and Fee Refund Policies

If you need to drop a course, contact your Program Specialist by email. The date on your email will be the date of your request. The Program Specialist will process a course change on your behalf. Faculty cannot drop you from courses.

A course dropped on or before the census date will not remain on your academic record. A course dropped after census requires instructor and Department Chair approval, and will be recorded on your record with the appropriate grade. See the CSUSB Office of the Registrar webpage for grade details. Contact us at any time if you have questions. 

Your MS Finance program follows the CEGE tuition refund policy, which differs from the campus policy. Please be mindful of dates in the chart below.

  • 100% refund, less $25 administrative fee, if course drop is requested before state date
  • 65% refund, less $25 administrative fee, if course drop is requested on the first day of class through census date
  • No refund after the census date

Payments are due seven days before the first day of class. Late payments are subject to a $25 late fee.

Financing Your Courses

You may find more information about Financial Aid, and our FAFSA school code here. In addition to federal financial aid, we offer alternative loans. The Financial Aid page presents information to get you started.

Paying for Courses

If paying out of pocket, you will make your payment directly with CEGE. You cannot use the automatic payment system within your myCoyote Student Center. A couple weeks before payment due dates, the Program Specialist will send you a link to a form you can use to make your payment online. Alternatively, you may pay with a credit card by phone or in person at the CEGE Student Services desk, CGI Third Floor. Contact us for the phone payment schedule. A fee may apply to late payments, so watch deadlines carefully. Financial aid disburses directly to the school; any remainder after being applied to your fee balance is refunded to you.

Payment plans

We can also issue payment plans. Terms include:
• 50% down before the first day of class
• 1-2 additional payments completed by the last day of class
• $33 admin fee and $25 late payment fee
• Payment plans may be written for one sessions, or one entire semester

Third party payments

We accept third party payments. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for employees. We can even bill your employer directly if they offer this benefit. Call us with questions and to arrange for direct payments.

Contact us!

Program Specialist

If you have questions about the MS in Finance curriculum or have questions about your program plan, start on the MS Finance Home page in the Department of Accounting and Finance.

MSF Home Page


Staff offer informational sessions to answer application and financial aid questions. Get tips for completing your application and how financial aid can help you achieve your degree goal. Click to register for one or both upcoming sessions:

MSF Application Workshop and Q&A June 23 5:30 pm

Degree Seeker Financial Aid Q&A Session July 7 5:30 pm

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Meet Maria M., a member of the inaugural class of the MS Finance degree program!

"The admission and registration process for the MSF program at CSUSB was extremely easy thanks to the help of CSUSB Finance and Accounting’s faculty and staff and College of Extended and Global Education. As a student in CSUSB’s MSF program, I have gained skills and confidence that help me discuss complex topics with my clients. For example, I am more confident sharing my outlook on the stock market and economy. After completing my first Fall Semester in 2020, I gained more in-depth analytical skills in economics, financial reporting, and investment analysis. These skills help me when clients ask me to analyze a particular stock, ETF, or mutual fund they want me to invest in their portfolios. Once I complete my degree and we are no longer in a pandemic, I plan to continue to build my book of business and do FINRA arbitration. After I complete my degree, I plan to take the CFA® exam."

Maria M., CFP® professional

Professional portrait of MSF student


MS Finance Program Important Dates
Academic  Year 2021-2022

Fall 2021 session 1

Course Dates


  Payment Deadline 8/16/2021
  Census 9/10/2021
Fall 2021 session 2 Course Dates 10/18-12/11/2021
  Payment Deadline 10/11/2021
  Census 11/5/2021
Spring 2022 session 1 Course Dates 1/24-3/5/2022
  Payment Deadline 1/17/2022
  Census 2/7/2022
Spring 2022 session 2 Course Dates 3/22-5/20/2022
  Payment Deadline 3/15/2022
  Census 4/6/2022