Finance, MS

The Master of Science in Finance program is intended to provide an opportunity to students to have a well-rounded understanding of finance.

Our program will provide students with specialized knowledge of financial securities, financial markets and institutions, foreign exchange markets, risk metrics investment criteria, capital budgeting techniques and hedging strategies.

It can also help to prepare students for numerous professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Program Specific Admission Requirements

All students applying to a campus-based graduate program must submit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

  • For matriculation into the on-campus Finance (MS) program through the Fall 2022 term, the GMAT/GRE score requirement will be waived for all applicants. 

For applicants to other admission terms who possess three or more years of supervisory or professional experience, or possess CFA, the GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived. Instead, these applicants will be asked to provide a written response to a case depicting a hypothetical business scenario.

For general application requirements, please click here.

Curriculum

This 30-credit program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time students may finish within 12 months with appropriate planning. There are eight core courses and two elective courses required.

Eight core courses are required:

  • FIN 508 Financial Management
  • FIN 582 Advanced Financial Management
  • FIN 583 Investment Analysis
  • FIN 585 Derivative Securities
  • FIN 586 Portfolio Theory
  • FIN 588 Quantitative Analysis of Finance
  • ECO 507 Managerial Economics
  • MGT 501 Responsibility, Sustainability, & Justice

Two electives from the following list are also required:

  • FIN 581 Financial Institutions
  • FIN 584 International Finance
  • FIN 587 Treasury Management
  • FIN 575: CFA (Level 1) Body of Knowledge*
  • FIN 565: Fixed Income Theory and Valuation*
  • ACC 527 Financial Reporting and Research
  • ECO 583 Macroeconomic Analysis: A Global Perspective

 

*New elective course being offered! 

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    Why Choose Scranton?

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Nationally Recognized

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Faculty Engagement

    Work alongside faculty and distinguished executive alumni who will assist with personal academic planning throughout the program.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Nationally Recognized

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Faculty Engagement

    Work alongside faculty and distinguished executive alumni who will assist with personal academic planning throughout the program.

    A Growing Need

    The growing global economy and the intricacies of today’s financial products are driving a need for financial professionals with the specialized knowledge to successfully manage complex portfolios. Employers are also seeking candidates who are able to introduce and implement an ethical organizational culture.

    Overall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, and the median annual wage for financial analysts as of 2016 was $81,760, with the top 10 percent earning more than $165,100.

    Professionals with ethics-focused training may also be in greater demand with clients who are concerned about honesty and responsibility from their financial services suppliers.

    A Growing Need

    The growing global economy and the intricacies of today’s financial products are driving a need for financial professionals with the specialized knowledge to successfully manage complex portfolios. Employers are also seeking candidates who are able to introduce and implement an ethical organizational culture.

    Overall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, and the median annual wage for financial analysts as of 2016 was $81,760, with the top 10 percent earning more than $165,100.

    Professionals with ethics-focused training may also be in greater demand with clients who are concerned about honesty and responsibility from their financial services suppliers.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Hands-On-Learning

    The state-of-the-art Alperin Financial Center features a simulated stock market trading room and 12 Bloomberg terminals.

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    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

    Beyond the Classroom

    Hands-On-Learning photo

    Hands-On-Learning

    The state-of-the-art Alperin Financial Center features a simulated stock market trading room and 12 Bloomberg terminals.

    Graduate Assistantships photo

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

    Career Outcomes

    Finance Career Outcomes

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.

    Jobs in the Field

    Financial manager, financial analysis, personal financial advisor, securities, commodities and financial services sales agent

    Median Annual Wage

    The median annual wage for financial analysts as of 2016 was $81,760, with the top 10 percent earning more than $165,100.

    Career Outcomes

    Finance Career Outcomes

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.

    Jobs in the Field

    Financial manager, financial analysis, personal financial advisor, securities, commodities and financial services sales agent

    Median Annual Wage

    The median annual wage for financial analysts as of 2016 was $81,760, with the top 10 percent earning more than $165,100.

    Meet the Program Director

    Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D. photo

    Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D.

    Master of Science in Finance Program Director Professor of Economics, Chair

    Education

    Ph.D., University of Florida M.A., University of Florida B.A., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Contact

    (570) 941-7752

    Meet the Program Director

    Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D. photo

    Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D.

    Master of Science in Finance Program Director Professor of Economics, Chair

    Education

    Ph.D., University of Florida M.A., University of Florida B.A., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Contact

    (570) 941-7752

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