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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

MSF Prerequisites

All MSF candidates at Boston College must meet certain curricular requirements prior to entering the MSF program.

COHORT AND SELF-PACED TRACK PREREQUISITES

The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the MSF program. These courses can be completed at any accredited 4-year degree granting institution, including online universities. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement. Most students with an MBA or an undergraduate degree in business meet the prerequisites.

ACCOUNTING
Students should have completed a course focused on the development and use of accounting information to evaluate the status and performance of business enterprises. Specifically, students should have a thorough grounding in the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. The course should cover reporting of information for use by persons and institutions outside the enterprise as well as the use of accounting information in managerial decision making.

CALCULUS
Students should have completed an introductory course in Calculus covering a brief review of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, followed by discussion of limits, derivatives, and applications of differential calculus to real-world problem areas. The course concludes with an introduction to integration.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Students should have completed an introductory course in Finance that covers projected financial statements, the time value of money, capital budgeting, financial leverage, security valuation, risk/return, working capital management, and international finance. The course should also cover financial statistical analysis and tools of planning and control.

STATISTICS
Students should have completed a course focusing on the analytical tools of statistics that are applicable to management practice. The course should include descriptive statistics and probability and progress to inferential statistics relative to central tendency and dispersion. In addition to basic concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing, the course should include coverage of topics such as analysis of variance, regression, probability, hypothesis testing, Z-scores, P-values, the standard normal distribution, OLS regression, t-statistics, and Chi-square distributions.

ADJUNCT COURSE
The MSF Program also requires that students have a basic understanding of economics. Students must complete undergraduate- or graduate-level course work in microeconomics and macroeconomics before the MSF degree will be conferred. This coursework is not required to start the program.

QUANTITATIVE TRACK PREREQUISITES

In order to be considered for the Quantitative Track MSF, students must complete the following courses prior to submitting an application:

  • Three semesters of Calculus
  • One semester of Linear Algebra
  • One semester of Mathematical Statistics

Additionally, Quantitative Track candidates must complete the above prerequisites in accounting and financial management prior to enrolling in the program, and must complete the adjunct course requirement in economics.

Competitive candidates for admission will also be proficient in use of popular software (MATLAB and STATA) and databases (CRSP and COMPUSTAT).