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MS in Finance Degree Program FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Finance program. If you don’t see your question answered below, please contact one of our knowledgeable Program Managers toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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  • Who is your typical student?
    MSF students in the online program at The University of Scranton are typically busy professionals dedicated to advancing their career in finance. They look for a flexible program that allows them to balance their current career responsibilities with those of earning a degree and maintaining a life balance.
  • Do I have to finish my degree in one year?
    No. Once a student has started the program, they have up to six years to complete the program. We understand that sometimes things in life can come up. While we suggest that our students complete their degree without taking any breaks, we do allow students to take time off.
  • When can I get started?
    We have three start dates throughout the year. A Program Manager can help you apply for the start date that works best for you: call to inquire at 866-373-9547.
  • Are there any pre-requisites for this program?
    There are a total of six foundation modules that address specific disciplines in finance and serve as academic preparation to ensure you can perform at the graduate level. Students may waive some or all of these foundation modules based upon work experience and academic history. Foundation modules can be taken along with other courses in the MSF which means that the Foundation Modules don't have to add any time to the length of your program. The foundational modules for finance are one credit each and are as follows:
    • 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
  • What are the requirements for the program?
    Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the equivalent from an international college or university. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory or professional work experience and are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    International Applicants:
  • Are there any entrance exams required for your program?
    For Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Intersession 2021 and Spring 2021 terms, the GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for the online MS in Finance program, due to testing limitations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be asked to provide a written response to a case study depicting a hypothetical business scenario. You will be informed of your individual requirement after a review of your completed application.
  • What accreditation does your program have?
    The University of Scranton is regionally accredited — a nationally recognized credential and the highest level of accreditation a traditional college or university can obtain — by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Middle States is one of six regional accreditors within the United States.
    The University of Scranton's business school, the Kania School of Management, is among one of the worldwide educational institutions offering business degrees that have achieved the distinction of accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Are there any campus visits/residencies/internships required?
    No. The programs are completely online and do not require a campus residency. You can pursue an online degree from The University of Scranton from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
  • I'm interested in learning more about applying for the online program. What do I do first?
    That’s great — it’s easy to do! We look forward to hearing from you now. Simply fill out the Request More Information form or call toll-free (866) 373-9547 to speak with a knowledgeable Program Manager.
  • Is there a difference in the quality of education between the online program and the on-campus program?
    No. With our online MSF, it is the same professors, same curriculum, and same degree. Online students are encouraged to use the same resources as our on-campus students.
  • Will my degree state that I have completed the program online?
    No. There is only one type of graduate degree from The University of Scranton. Students who successfully complete the online program will receive a diploma stating that they have earned their degree from The University of Scranton. Online and campus-based students earn the same prestigious program credentials. Graduates of the online program are invited to join the University’s regular commencement ceremonies in Scranton in May, and are proudly counted among the University’s more than 45,000 alumni worldwide.
  • Is there support for the online program? Is it only during “business” hours?
    Yes. Technical support professionals are available to answer all of your questions and provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Call 866-373-9657 for tech support.
  • What computer resources will I need to complete online courses?
    • Internet Explorer (6.0 or above) or Firefox (1.5 or above) — cookies must be enabled.
    • Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Some Management Information Systems courses may require Microsoft Access.
    • Free plug-ins for viewing course files such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Windows Media Player and QuickTime


    • PC - Pentium 4 processor (500+MHz recommended) 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended).
    • Mac - G4 or better, 64 MB of RAM (256+ recommended).

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Discover how The University of Scranton online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) can make a difference in your life. Request more information or speak with one of our Program Managers at 866-373-9547.