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Finance: Quantitative MS

Quantitative Finance Concentration (STEM program)

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) with Quantitative Finance concentration is a 10-course, 30-credit degree program. The 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.

  • 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

Students may choose three electives from the following courses

  • FIN 675 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FIN 692 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 693 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FIN 697 Financial Modeling
  • Other graduate course in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or data analytics approved by the program coordinator
  • ACT 500 Financial Accounting
  • FIN 500 Economic Concepts for Managers
  • POM 500 Statistical Analysis

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

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

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

Program-specific requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration.

  • GMAT is currently being waived.
  • 1 letter of recommendation: preferably from a faculty member or an employer. Applicants will be required to provide the recommenders name and email address so we can contact the recommender for the letter of recommendation.

Program deadlines