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Finance MS

Program overview

The master of science degree in finance prepares students for managerial careers in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management, financial consulting, and financial institutions. Courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst exam. To complete the program in one year, full-time students must begin their studies in the fall semester.


The program of study consists of 10 courses and a field exam. Candidates must successfully complete the comprehensive field exam.

Finance, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
FINC-721 Financial Analysis for Managers 3
FINC-725 Securities and Investment Analysis 3
FINC-760 Finance in a Global Environment 3
FINC-722 Financial Management II 3
FINC-740 Options and Futures 3
FINC-742 Financial Modeling and Analysis 3
  One 700-level Statistics Course 3
  One 700-level Economics Course 3
  One 700-level Finance Course 3
FINC-790 Field Exam 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 31

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in finance, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships),
  • Submit a personal statement,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit

Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.

Accepted students may defer enrollment for up to one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted and will be re-evaluated based on the most current admission standards.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Senior Analyst, Data Analyst, Director of Investments, Financial Advisor, Supervisor Investor Accounting, Management Trainee


Corporate Finance, investment analysis, portfolio management, financial consulting and manager of financial institutions.

Recent Employers

Capital Formation Group of Rochester, LP, Capital One, Research Financial Group, Prudential Securities, M & T Bank, Companion Servicing

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