Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The Master of Science in Finance provides students with an intensive and focused educational experience.  This program enables students with limited work experience (i.e., recent undergraduates) to advance their education with a finance-focused curriculum and enhance their qualifications through a master’s degree. The program is ideal for students who have limited work experience or have decided to pursue a finance-related career path after receiving their undergraduate degrees. It is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge and abilities essential for the highly skilled financial work environment.  

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Students eligible for this program must have completed all courses and requirements for their undergraduate degree by the start of the Finance, MS program. 

Admission to this program is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA (target 3.2)
  • Standardized test score (e.g., GMAT/GRE) (targets: GMAT 550, GRE 303)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professor in the applicant’s major department or school (for currently enrolled students)
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or an approved institution
  • One official copy of transcripts of all colleges and universities attended in the United States and abroad
  • Statement of Purpose (statement describing how and why they would benefit from the program)
  • A current resume
  • English proficiency standards as required of all Mason graduate students. In particular, applicants who have earned a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met that standard. All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission. The TOEFL or IELTS exams can be used to meet this requirement. The minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL: IBT (minimum score: 88 total with 20 points minimum in each section); CBT (230); and PBT (570).
    • IELTS – Academic: 6.5 total band score.

Applicants will be accepted based on an acceptable combination of GMAT/GRE and cumulative grade point average from their undergraduate institution. Waivers for standardized tests may be made based on exceptional letters of recommendation from prior faculty with knowledge of the applicant’s academic capabilities. Applications will be reviewed by the School of Business admissions team using pre-approved admissions criteria to either accept or deny the applicant.  In case of ambiguity, a second-level review comprised of faculty members from the Finance area will submit their votes to the admissions team. Applications will be made with the Office of Graduate Admissions at Mason.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: BU-MS-FNAN

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 33

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted. Check the school/department website for current program status.

Required Courses

MSF 603Managerial Economics and Decisions of the Firm3
MSF 632Statistical and Quantitative Methods for Finance3
MSF 643Financial Management in a Global Environment3
MSF 702Corporate Financial Policy and Valuation3
MSF 705Venture Capital and Private Finance3
MSF 706Investment Analysis3
MSF 707Futures, Options and Other Derivatives3
MSF 717International Finance3
MSF 732Fixed Income3
MSF 777Student Managed Investment Fund3
MSF 783CFA Ethics and Preparation3
Total Credits33