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Online Master of Science in Finance

Focus on Responsible Financial Management

Offered online and on campus through the AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management, the 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. The online Master of Science in Finance curriculum focuses on financial and investment knowledge within a Jesuit framework of ethics and social responsibility.

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 six areas of focus for a trustworthy, future-focused industry:

  1. Putting investors first
  2. Safeguarding the system
  3. Financial knowledge
  4. Regulation and enforcement
  5. Retirement security
  6. Transparency and fairness

Throughout the program’s duration, you will learn from top academic and industry leaders, who will share their extensive experiences and knowledge to prepare you to become a thoughtful professional in this competitive and demanding field.

Online Master of Science in Finance 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

In addition, upon completing all the coursework in the program, you have the option to participate in a 3-day, on-campus residency. This interactive 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.

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

  • MBA 501A Statistics Module
  • MBA 502A Financial Accounting Module
  • MBA 502B Managerial Accounting Module
  • MBA 503A Microeconomics Module
  • MBA 503B Macroeconomics Module
  • MBA 503C Finance Module

Finance Career Outcomes

Employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, 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 2015 was $80,310, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $160,760.1

In 2012, a 12-month review of job listings showed that the most common jobs in the field were:

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

Top industries employing financial professional that year included:

  • Depository credit intermediation
  • Insurance carriers
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services

The top skills in high demand from employers included financial analysis, financial reporting, and forecasting. The online MSF curriculum focuses heavily on analysis of financial markets, reports, and investments, offering a strong foundation that supports responsible investment forecasting 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)

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.

1Sources: Burning Glass and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Financial Analysts, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (visited October 21, 2016).