Finance, MSF

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 applicants 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.

Students lacking the necessary background knowledge in appropriate business functions such as statistics, accounting, economics and finance may be required to take one or more foundation modules.

For additional information on the MSF curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog

    The Master of Science in Finance program is designed 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 various professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

    Program Specific Admission Requirements

    • Professional resume
    • Must have at least 3 years of professional or supervisory work experience
    • GRE/GMAT Scores (Please discount if you hold a CFA or have three years of work experience and are opting to complete the entrance case study project).
    • Case study (topic provided by your Program Manager during the application process)
    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.

    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
    • ACC 527 Financial Reporting and Research
    • ECO 583 Macroeconomic Analysis: A Global Perspective
    For additional information on the MSF curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog

      Why Choose Scranton?

      Jesuit Education

      As one of the 28 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?

      Learn From Expert Faculty

      Learn from our top-tier faculty members who understand the real world challenges you will face as a finance leader.

      AACSB Accreditation

      Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, we are dedicated to developing the whole person.

      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

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      Wiley CFA Review

      Students in the MS in Finance program are eligible for a significant discount on the Wiley CFA Exam Review.

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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.

      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 analysist, 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

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      Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D.

      Master of Science in Finance Program Director Associate Professor of Economics

      Education

      B.S., Yerevan State University, Armenia Ph.D., The City University of New York

      Contact

      (570) 941-5934

      Graduate Program Director

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      Dr. Aram R. Balagyozyan, Ph.D.

      Graduate Program Director Assistant Professor, Economics & Finance Department

      Education

      B.S., Yerevan State University Ph.D., City University of New York

      Contact

      570-941-5934

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