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.

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.

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UMass Dartmouth advantages

• Complete the 30-credit hour curriculum in one calendar year on a full-time basis
• Maximum flexibility with online, blended, and face-to-face classes
• Provides high value and high quality
• Taught by leading scholars supplemented by a cadre of seasoned practitioners
• Opportunity for networking and dialogue with other professionals and faculty

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
  • FIN 650 Finance for Decision Making
  • FIN 670 Investment Analysis
  • FIN 672 International Financial Management
  • FIN 655 Quantitative Method
  • FIN 690 Options, Futures, and other Derivatives
  • ACT 670 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FIN 698 Financial Institutions Management

Elective courses

Students may choose three elective courses from the following:

  • FIN 675 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FIN 693 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FIN 692 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 697 Financial Modeling
  • FIN 695 Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis
  • FIN 694 Internship/Practicum
  • FIN 696 Ethics in Finance
  • FIN 699 Finance Seminar

Prerequisites or additional requirements (as needed)

  • ACT 500 Financial Accounting
  • FIN 500 Economic Concepts for Managers
  • POM 500 Statistical Analysis

Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 80 internet-based or 550 paper-based) 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.


Duong Nguyen

Associate Professor
Accounting & Finance
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