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Online Master of Science in Finance

Focus on Responsible Financial Management

  • AACSB accredited
  • 30 credit hours
  • 100% online coursework
  • Asynchronous platform — no required log-in times
  • Graduate in as little as 12 months

Take the next step in your career and emerge as an ethical leader in finance with the online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) from The University of Scranton. Offered online and on campus through the AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management, our MS in Finance can help to prepare you for various professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Designed for those interested in careers as professionals in financial management or investment management, this program emphasizes critical areas of knowledge required in the field, such as financial securities, financial markets, risk metrics, investment criteria, capital budgeting techniques, and hedging strategies.

By combining the latest industry-relevant skills and a Jesuit framework of ethics and social responsibility, our graduate degree in finance prepares you to excel in a myriad of financial positions.

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

An Ethical Approach to Finance

To develop financial professionals who approach work with a concern for the good of both their clients and our global society, the online MSF curriculum abides by the University’s Jesuit values as well as by the CFA Institute’s ten areas of focus for a trustworthy, future-focused industry:

  1. Ethical and Professional Standards
  2. Quantitative Methods
  3. Economics
  4. Financial Reporting and Analysis
  5. Corporate Finance
  6. Equity Investments
  7. Fixed Income
  8. Derivatives
  9. Alternative Investments
  10. Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning

You will learn from top academic and industry leaders, whose extensive experiences and knowledge will help you cultivate the skills and insights you need to become a thoughtful professional in this competitive and demanding field.

Online Master of Science in Finance Curriculum

With our graduate finance program, you’ll expand your financial and investment knowledge through the lens of ethics and social responsibility. You’ll explore all facets of financial management theory and practice, giving you the comprehensive foundation you need to succeed in a variety of business settings.

This 30-credit program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. As a full-time student, you can complete the program in as little as 12 months with appropriate planning. The online MSF program offers a rigorous curriculum consisting of course topics such as:

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Derivative Securities
  • Managerial Economics
  • Responsibility, Sustainability, & Justice.

In addition, upon completing the eight core courses and two electives required in the program, you have the option to participate in a two day, on-campus residency. This interactive residency experience takes place in the state-of-the-art Alperin Financial Center. This center simulates a trading floor, complete with an electronic ticker displaying data feeds directly from Wall Street, monitors displaying up-to-the-minute financial news, 12 Bloomberg terminals, and computing hardware and software that facilitate sophisticated analyses of equities and currencies. Complete the residency successfully and you will receive the Bloomberg Market Concepts (HMC) certificate of completion.

Unsure if you have the previous academic experience you need to pursue this degree? Scranton offers foundation modules that can be taken to ensure you have the necessary background knowledge to succeed.

Finance Career Outcomes

The field of finance is filled with opportunity for online MSF graduates. 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. Factors driving the growth include more financial products available and the need for specialized knowledge to manage complex investment portfolios.

The median annual wage for financial analysts as of May 2017 was $84,300, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $165,580.1

The online MS in finance can prepare you for positions such as:

  • Financial manager
  • Securities, commodities and financial services sales agent
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial advisor

You’ll possess the skills and qualifications to pursue financial careers in industries including:

  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care and social assistance

When you graduate with an MS in finance, you’ll be able to demonstrate top skills that employers value, including financial analysis, financial reporting, and asset valuation. We’ve designed our curriculum to focus heavily on analysis of financial markets, reports, and investments, offering a strong foundation that supports responsible investment projections for a wide range of clients and scenarios.

Choosing The University of Scranton

The University’s 125-year history, status as one of only 28 Jesuit schools in the United States, and long tradition of excellence and distinction make it a natural choice for a top-quality financial education.

As a result of its dedication to scholarship and achievement, the University has consistently received honors and recognition from national ranking institutions and accrediting bodies, including:

  • The Economist: Top Value University (#22)
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Value School (#15)
  • Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program: Best Economic Outcomes of Graduates (#36)
  • Money: Best College for Your Money (#167)
  • US News & World Report: Best Undergraduate Finance Program (#17)

Now the University brings that commitment to the online MSF program, offering you a superior learning experience in the realm of finance. Upon graduation, you are prepared to support and transform the industry to reflect the highest values of our society.

Learn more about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Finance: Request more information or speak with one of our Program Managers at 866-373-9547.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (visited April 13, 2018).