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Finance MS

The Charlton College of Business Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program provides advanced and affordable education in finance for those with finance, business or non-business baccalaureate degrees. The MSF program is a high-quality, well-rounded program designed to prepare students to be competitive, market-ready, and successful in a rapidly changing global environment.

The MSF is a 10-course, 30-credit degree program. Students will be prepared to pursue nationally and globally recognized credentials, including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Our program covers the major topic areas of the CFA exams, so graduates will have a strong foundation from which to draw while completing required exams.

Students can choose between either a general finance or the STEM-approved quantitative finance concentration for their degree.

Quantitative finance concentration

The quantitative finance concentration has mathematical and capital market focus that will appeal to students interested in quantitative financial analysis, risk management, investment management, and financial technology careers. The quantitative finance concentration is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) designated, offering students on a VISA an extended OPT upon completion of the degree.

Career opportunities

The MSF program prepares you for various career opportunities, including as

  • a financial analyst working for commercial banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and in government
  • a securities, commodities, and financial services sales agent working for brokerage firms, investment banks, and trading companies
  • a financial manager or personal financial advisor

Required courses

  • ACT 670 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FIN 650 Finance for Decision Making
  • FIN 655 Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • FIN 670 Investment Analysis
  • FIN 672 International Financial Management
  • FIN 691 Options, Futures, and other Derivatives
  • FIN 698 Financial Institutions Management

Elective courses

Students can choose between either a general finance or quantitative finance concentration for their degree.

For the MSF general finance degree, students may choose three elective courses from the following courses:

  • FIN 675 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FIN 684 Finance Seminar
  • FIN 685 Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis
  • FIN 686 Ethics in Finance
  • FIN 692 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 693 Financial Management of Corporations
  • FIN 697 Financial Modeling
  • FIN 699 Internship/Practicum
  • Other graduate business course approved by the MSF Coordinator

For MSF quantitative finance concentration degree (STEM program), students may choose three electives from the following courses

  • FIN 675 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FIN 692 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 693 Financial Management of Corporations
  • FIN 697 Financial Modeling
  • POM 681 Business Analytics and Data Mining
  • Other graduate course in mathematics, statistics, computer science, data analytics approved by the program coordinator

Prerequisites or additional requirements (as needed)

  • ACT 500 Financial Accounting
  • FIN 500 Economic Concepts for Managers
  • POM 500 Statistical Analysis
  • CCB is AACSB accredited, the international gold standard.
  • Only 10% of business schools have all undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by AACSB.
  • Students gain a high-level understanding of corporate finance, investment, risk management, international finance, among other topics to prepare them for careers in different finance areas.
  • Students are prepared for the CFA and other finance certificates. Having both MSF degree and CFA designation sets students apart from the competition within the financial industry.
  • Courses are taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field.
  • Students gain great classroom experience and career opportunities in finance.
  • The 30-credit hour curriculum can be completed in one calendar year on a full-time basis.
  • Programs are flexible to meet students' needs, with options for online, blended, and face-to-face classes.
  • All programs offer high value and high quality.
  • A Bloomberg certification program is offered prior to graduation. Bloomberg-certified employees provide an advantage to the employer and make prospective employees candidates among similarly qualified competition.
  • Students can choose between general finance or quantitative finance concentration for their degree. The quantitative finance concentration is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) designated, offering students on a VISA an extended OPT upon completion of the degree.

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
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Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 80 IBT) or IELTS exam (minimum band score of 6.5).

The GMAT requirement for MSF program admission consideration at UMass Dartmouth is waived if the applicant proves, to UMass Dartmouth’s satisfaction, any of the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree (or the equivalent of a USA baccalaureate degree) in any major/discipline from an accredited college/university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner. Other similar certification programs may also qualify for this waiver at the discretion of UMass Dartmouth.
  • At least five (5) years of managerial/supervisory work experience.
  • An earned Graduate Certificate from the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30
  • Applicants whose GMAT requirement is waived may still be required to take Foundation courses prior to beginning the MSF coursework.

To earn a degree

MSF candidates must complete 30 credits of coursework. Three foundation courses are required for those who have not taken these courses or their equivalents, previously. The foundation courses are not counted toward the degree. The MSF curriculum includes both core courses and elective courses in finance. Once enrolled in the program, candidates are expected to take all courses at UMass Dartmouth. However, up to 6 credits may be transferred into this sequence, either at the time of admission or after enrolling in the MSF program, to satisfy elective course requirements. Course waiver depends on prior coursework and may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

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