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MS Finance

MSF Student Experience Become immersed in the world of Finance

Become a pioneer of finance in an array of industries and organizations, from corporate titans to the public sector to commercial banking.

A Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from Purdue University will open doors of opportunities by helping you stand out from the crowd. The Daniels School provides its students with opportunities to forge global relationships, carve unique career trajectories, and transform a quantitative education into the ability to drive results.

Our MSF program emphasizes practical application and experiential learning by providing access to the brightest minds in finance, complementing classroom studies. The rigorous interactive and updated curriculum is designed to encourage individual career growth and complement professional aspirations in the areas of corporate finance, investment management, security analysis and brokerage, commercial and retail banking, and financial management of commercial and nonprofit organizations.

Connect with a current student

Choosing the right school is a big decision, one that’s difficult to make on your own. Speaking to students who’ve been through the process can make a huge difference. With the chat feature on this website, you can select and connect with current students who’ve been in your shoes and found a similar path. You’ll get an insider’s view, find common ground, and hear real stories about your future school. Learn what it takes to succeed, what the professors are like, and what the social scene offers — anything and everything you’re wondering about the Daniels School of Business!

Professional Development & Networking

Our students' future career goals and aspirations are in the forefront of everything we do. Professional development begins on day one.

Familiarize yourself with the Daniels School's career services office and networking engagements available to all our residential master’s students.

Corporate Networking Visits

Each semester the MSF program team organizes a trip to a major metropolitan area with a goal of exposing students to the various concentrations withing the field of finance and connecting them to industry leaders through corporate office visits. Past cohorts have traveled to Chicago, Indianapolis and New York City to visit organizations like Morgan Stanley. The team hopes to incorporate visits to San Francisco and other western cities in future trips.

Download the Industry Overview to explore the growing field of finance including job titles on the rise, salary expectations and in-demand skills.

Industry Overview

Purdue Finance Workshop

The Purdue Finance Workshop (PFW) was developed in 2014 by finance alums living and working in Manhattan. The focus of the group is to increase Purdue’s brand on Wall Street, cultivating opportunities to prepare Daniels School finance graduates to be successful in the field of banking and investments.

Throughout the year PFW hosts comprehensive workshops about careers in finance, soft skill refinement, technical training, industry trends and more. Additionally, PFW is committed to creating casual and formal networking opportunities with area organizations.


Case Competitions

The Communication Center is your resource for case competitions hosted by the Daniels School of Business.


CFA Research Challenge

Many of our students have participated in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge. Participants are tested in analytical, valuation, report writing and presentation skills. Through this challenge, participants gain real-world experience assuming the role of a research analyst.

Not only is this competition a great opportunity for intensive training, but also for mentoring and networking. The CFA Institute is a leading organization for investment management professionals with a goal of advancing ethics, market integrity, and professional standards of practice, which collectively contributes value to society.

Our faculty are engaged with CFA Society Indianapolis, a local chapter of the national organization that brings together the Indianapolis investment community.

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MSF Case Competition

The Master's of Science in Finanace (MSF) Case Competition unites students from four of the most esteemed Big Ten universities in the Midwest: Purdue University's Daniels School of Business; Indiana University's Kelly School of Business; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Gies College of Business; and University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

The inaugural 2024 competition spotlighted the skills and talent of MSF students as they delved into the complexities of mergers and acquisitions. Such competitions are not merely an academic exercise, they are a unique opportunity for students to put their knowledge into practice, connect with industry leaders, and embark on a journey to becoming the financial professionals of tomorrow.

The MSF Case Competition is an annual event, so students can check this page for details on future competitions. It's also open to any college or university, as well as corporate partners and organizations who want to serve as sponsors, judges, or provide the case. For more information on how you can participate, contact Fabrício d'Almeida at

“SMIF gave me the opportunity to work alongside faculty and alumni to enable my career in asset management, investment research, and equity research. We worked together to create biweekly reports and evaluate companies.

Sanskruti Nainutia, MSF '23

Student Managed Investment Fund

The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) is a student organization that allows current Purdue students the chance to invest real money in the stock market. The club currently manages approximately $400,000. with an investment policy of capital preservation and value investing.

Students in SMIF are assigned to smaller, industry-specific teams. Each team is expected to present and discuss their investment recommendations at the monthly club meetings.

The club as a whole will vote on the teams’ investment decisions, and the industry teams are expected to present and discuss their recommendations at the monthly club meetings.

SMIF is open to graduate and undergraduate students across campus. Active members of the club in the fall and spring semesters can earn course credit in the spring for their membership in SMIF (a pass/fail course of 1 or 2 credit hours).

Download the MSF plan of study to get an idea of the available tracks, outlining core and elective course options.

MSF Plan of Study

Student Managed Venture Fund

The Student Managed Venture Fund (SMVF) is an experiential learning course and student organization teaching the nuances of venture investing through interaction with firms and investors engaged in venture capital with the opportunity to co-invest with the partner.

Teams of students are responsible for performing due diligence on potential real-world investment opportunities. Teams present their recommendations to an expert investment panel.


Additional Activities & Engagements

MSF students can also take advantage of activities outside of the Finance area. Students are encouraged to engage with the general Purdue graduate student population to gain a diverse perspective of business, culture, lifestyles and more!

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