Master’s of Finance FinTech Focus is not just for Wall Street

Finance is integrated with the most up-to-date technology in the field in Saunders’ master of science in finance. Not just for Wall Street, the curriculum is rooted in corporate finance, investment management, banking, insurance, consulting, and more. This highly flexible program exposes students to FinTech fields such as algorithmic trading, financial analytics, blockchain and cryptocurrency, as finance becomes more data-driven and analytics-based. 

Accessing Bloomberg Terminals in the Sklarsky Business Analytics Center, students tap into the latest financial market developments while having the tools to visualize data, analyze and develop unique insights. This master's in finance program enables students to be exposed to software, including R, Python, Tableau, Matlab, SAS and SQL. Learnings from the classroom, alongside experiential learning opportunities, enable students to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. The curriculum prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) exam, the world's most respected and recognized financial certification. The program ranks #26 for Best Masters of Finance by The Financial Engineer (TFE) Times, 2023. 

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Leading Faculty Experts

Finance faculty are thought leaders, publishing their research in elite academic journals. Research highlights cover topics that have an impact, including the benefits of reporting bad news early, the effect of high-frequency algorithm trading in exchange-traded funds, and new investment strategies for options trading.

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Given its STEM-designation, international students can qualify for a 24-month work extension to their Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, allowing for up to three years of work in the United States. Dedicated advisors are available to help with admissions requirements, including GMAT waivers, application process, and generous scholarships.

To learn more about corporate investments and financial services, students may participate in the cooperative education program, an opportunity to build paid, real-world experiences before graduation. Further industry experience is available through the Finance Management Association (FMA) club, which manages a live $250,000+ Stock and ETF investment portfolio. FMA competes annually in the Adirondack Cup, with the goal of producing the most return on investment over six months. 

Students are prepared for careers in corporate finance, investment analysis, wealth management, portfolio management, financial consulting, commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, cryptocurrencies and FinTech. At a career outcome rate of 100%, Saunders grads are in high demand. Typical job titles for program alumni include:

  • Financial Engineer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Quantitative Investment Analyst
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Quantitative Strategist
  • Data Analyst

Check out what alums have to say about the program:

"What I learned in the classroom [at Saunders] is closely related to my current real-life job experience and prepares me well for my new role at Citi." Edith Udegbe ’22 (finance), Citi, Buffalo, NY


"At Saunders, you're not 1 of 100. There is individualized attention to determine what's beneficial for you. The professors are diverse and understand the challenges faced by international students. They will help guide which classes to take to develop the skills for the best possible chance of getting a job." - Chang Su ’18 (finance), Siemens, Houston, TX


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Saunders College of Business

With a 95% career outcomes rate, Saunders is dedicated to delivering relevant, contemporary degrees to meet market demands. Your Team is a group of advisors that can help you from the application process through graduation with insight into our generous financial aid options, GMAT waiver options, curriculum, and career placement. 

With a growing global network of more than 25,000 Saunders College alumni and 136,000 RIT alumni, students can make connections almost anywhere and are encouraged to meet with devoted alumni, dedicated professors, and driven peers. 

Students can study abroad at any of RIT’s four Global Campuses, additional global student exchange partnerships are available, and there are over 100 study abroad locations on every continent. 

Bloomberg Businessweek named Saunders part of their “Best Business Schools” and recognized them among the “Best MBA Programs.” Check out financial aid and scholarship options today to help prepare for future promotions. Apply today to become eligible for these opportunities and become a part of the Saunders community.

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