Finance MS

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Keith Davis

Department Contact

Jenna Lenhardt

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Full-Time: Fall; Part-time: Fall, Spring, Summer
Entrance Exam GMAT or GRE
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 92
PTE Academic 63


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MS 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.

Plan of study

The program of study consists of 10 courses and a field exam.


Finance, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. 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-740 Options and Futures 3
  Finance Electives 12
  General Electives 6
FINC-790 Field Exam Preparatory 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 31

Approved finance electives

FINC-722 Financial Management II
FINC-732 Portfolio Management
FINC-742 Financial Modeling and Analysis
FINC-758 Seminar in Finance
FINC-760 Finance in a Global Environment
FINC-761 Stock Market Algorithmic Trading
FINC-773 Debt Analysis
FINC-780 Financial Analytics

Approved general electives

ACCT-704 Corporate Financial Reporting I
ACCT-705 Corporate Financial Reporting II
ACCT-706 Cost Management
ACCT-709 Basic Taxation
DECS-782 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
ESCB-705 Economics and Decision Modeling
MGIS-650 Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
MGIS-710 Information Systems Concepts

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered, but are required to submit standard GRE scores. 
  • Submit scores from GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships).
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate and Part-time 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.

For further information about tips on personal statements and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements.


Additional information


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

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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