Welcome new June 2014 MSF students!

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Illinois! The information below will help to make your transition to graduate school at Illinois as smooth as possible.

Please read the information and contact our office if you have questions.


  1. Finalize your housing arrangements

    You are expected to handle all of your housing arrangements prior to the week of Orientation starting on Monday, June 9. Students may live in University housing (dormitory or university owned apartments) or private housing on or off campus.

    Visit the University housing and other suggested housing options.

    Some of our current students graduating May 11th are advertising sublets of their apartments. We have compiled a list of sublets with contact information.


    On-campus housing resources:

    Below is a list of online apartment search websites for Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy.


  2. Pre-Session workshops during Orientation Week

    We are pleased to include two preparatory workshops during orientation to help ensure all students have an understanding of key basic concepts in Corporate Finance/Accounting and Math/Statistics. There are no additional charges or fees for these workshops.

    We ask that you complete an on-line assessment exam (in Corporate Finance, Accounting, Math, and Statistics) to help determine if you will be required to take one or both of the workshops. If you score 80% or higher on the exam, you will not be required to participate in the workshop(s)but are welcome to participate if you'd like to do so.

    You will be required to attend either or both of these workshops if you score lower than 80% on the exams; not attending will restrict your ability to register for the summer courses.

      • On-line Assessment Exam

  3. University Email Account

    Your formal admission letter from the Graduate College includes your University Identification Number (UIN). Once you have this number, you can create your university netID. This netid allows you to set up your Enterprise ID, university email account, and many other new student services.

    Your Enterprise ID will allow you to claim a housing contract and to access the Student Self-Service Online Registration form*. The netid can be captured at http://netidclaim.uiuc.edu

    *Seats in the summer classes are reserved for MSF students. While you can obtain access to the registration form, you will not be authorized to register until Orientation when you are assigned to a team and authorized for a specific course section as determined by your Academic Advisor.

  4. Campus Information

    The University of Illinois is a large campus with a tremendous number of resources available to students. Check out the links below to familiarize yourself:

    • Graduate College Resources Link to University web page Graduate College Resources
    • Campus and Community Resources Link to College web page for Campus and Community Resources
    • Specifically for International Students
      • ISSS new student on-line check-in Link to University ISSS new student on-line check-in

  5. Libraries

    The University of Illinois houses one of the largest library systems in the world.

    • University of Illinois Libraries
    • The Business Information Services has many online resources available.


The MSF program is challenging and it is important that you arrive in plenty of time to acclimate yourself to campus, finalize housing arrangements, and prepare for the start of classes. You don't want to be worrying about these details once classes begin.

  1. Check in with the MSF Program

    All students must check in at the MSF office in 330 Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth Street, Champaign. Ask for Amber Glynn. Check-in hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 4:30.

    You can begin checking in at the MSF office on Monday, June 2nd. All new students must check in no later than June 6.

    International Students: check further information below for additional campus check-in requirements.

    When you check in with the MSF office you will receive a financial calculator that meets specifications for use in the classroom and on exams.

  2. MSF Orientation

    The MS Finance Orientation is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 9. During Orientation you will meet faculty, learn about course options and determine your study plan. You will also learn about a number of resources available to you as an MSF student.

    These include Career Services, CFA Designation, Margolis Markets Information Lab Certification, and the Finance Practicum.

    In addition, activities are organized to help acclimate the students to the Illinois campus and meet the other participants in the program.

    Orientation ScheduleOrientation Schedule

    Participation is required.

  3. Special Instructions for International Students
    • All international students MUST report to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) when they arrive on campus. This is very important as failure to report in a timely manner can put you at risk of losing your student visa. ISSS will hold open check-in for international MSF students 8-noon and 1-5:00pm on Friday June 6. Additional hours for ISSS will be available Monday June 9.
    • ISSS offers an orientation just for issues affecting international students on Friday, June 6. International students are encouraged to join this orientation if their schedule permits.
    • You may be required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) as a condition of your admission to the University of Illinois. If you are required to take the test you were notified on your formal admission letter from Graduate Admissions. Those students required to take the English Placement test will be doing so on Friday, June 13. You must attend this test. More details on the EPT will be emailed to you in early May or provided to you at check-in.


  1. Registration

    MSF students will be able to register for classes online after they have been authorized by their academic advisor. Authorization will be provided after each student has attended an introductory meeting with their academic advisor.

    Seats in the summer finance classes are reserved for MSF students. Therefore there is no need to be concerned that you will not be able to register. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid cannot receive aid until they are registered students. If this is your situation, please contact our office at 217-244-9203 to learn when you will be authorized to register.

  2. Textbooks for Summer classes

    Students will be enrolled in two courses during summer term. Due to the nature of the courses, students will rely primarily on lecture notes and handouts. The following textbooks will be used in the two summer courses. The list indicates REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED textbooks. Required textbooks will cover most of the course material, while recommended textbooks will cover some material and are also useful references for background or related topics.

    • FIN 580 (CORPORATE FINANCE AND VALUATION) (taught by Professor S. Kannan)
      • Ross, Westerfield, and Jaffe
        Corporate Finance
        10th edition,
        ISBN: 9780078034770 - McGraw-Hill/Irwin (2012).
      • Joseph Smolira
        Solutions Manual for Corporate Finance
        10th edition,
        ISBN: 9780077511340 - McGraw-Hill.

    • FIN 580 FS (FINANCIAL STATEMENTS)(first-half of summer term, taught by Professor Jamie Goodfriend)
      • Paul Simko, Kenneth Ferris & James Wallace
        Financial Accounting for Executives and MBAs
        Third Edition, Cambridge Business Publishers, 2013
        ISBN 978-1618530462

    • FIN 502 (QUANTITATIVE FINANCE)(second-half of summer term, taught by Professor Martin Widdicks)
      • Richard A. Defusco, Dennis W.McLeavey, Jerald E. Pinto, David E. Runkle, and Mark J. P. Anson
        Quantitative Investment Analysis
        Second Edition, John Wiley, 2007
        ISBN 9780470052204

    Calendar of Summer Classes Calendar of Summer Classes

  3. Laptop Specifications

    In order to fully utilize the resources that are available to you and actively participate in the MSF curriculum, we ask that you comply with the following software/hardware requirements:


    • English version of Microsoft Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X
    • At least 2 GB of memory (at least 4 GB recommended)
    • A license and media for Windows. Windows can be upgraded for free at https://webstore.illinois.edu
    • A licence and media for Microsoft Office 2010/2013 or Office 2011 for Mac, both of which are available at https://webstore.illinois.edu
    • It is strongly encouraged that you use a Window based computer. If you decide to use a Mac, we reommend you have an English version of Windows 7 installed through Bootcamp or some other means on your Mac in case a particular program that only runs on a PC is required for your class.
    • No particular browser is specifically required for general use, some software may perform better on different web browsers, so it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with at least Chrome, IE, and Firefox.


  4. Academic Calendar

    Academic Calendar


  1. Career Services

    The mantra in Career Services is that your job search starts the minute you arrive on campus. Your summer is going to very busy, but getting your resume reviewed and entered on to the campus recruiting system should be a top priority as companies begin recruiting on campus in the Fall term.

    You will start receiving information from Career Services in early May.

  2. Tuition and Fees

    Tuition for the MSF program is charged by the semester. Students are billed during the first part of each semester and can pay online using the UI Integrate online registration system. Tuition due dates are generally the 28th of the month following the start of each semester. This would be September 28 and February 28 respectively for the fall and spring semesters. For the summer semester it may be June or July 28 depending on the date of registration.

    If you wish to do a wire transfer to your student account please email University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations at usfscohelp@illinois.edu

    Tuition and Fees MSF Tuition/Fee Breakdown

  3. Questions?

    Contact our office at 217-244-9203 or email msfinance@business.uiuc.edu


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