UMass Boston

Finance MS

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Develop your advanced financial skills, launch your career

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at UMass Boston provides students with the opportunity to develop the advanced financial skills and knowledge required for success in today's rapidly changing global financial environment. The curriculum covers a broad range of topics, including financial theory, risk management, and investment analysis, and emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning through internships, case studies, and simulations.

The MSF program participates in the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program. This participation signals that our curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA exams. On an annual basis, our program awards as many as 10 CFA student scholarships.

In the MSF, you will:

  • Analyze and interpret financial statements, develop financial models, and make informed financial decisions
  • Learn to assess and manage risk, including market, credit, and operational risks, to mitigate financial losses
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of financial theory and practices, as well as the ethical considerations and legal frameworks that underpin the finance industry.

Career Possibilities

Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions as a financial analyst. Assess and analyze potential risks that may negatively impact a company's financial position as a risk manager. Or, help companies and governments raise money by underwriting and selling securities as an investment banker. These are just a few of the possibilities an MSF offers.

Become a(n):

  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Risk Assessment Professional
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • CFO

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

In addition to the criteria below, applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements.

  • Official GMAT or GRE scores.
  • Essay (Students may write their essay using either the standard essay prompt in the online application or the one below.)
    • Part 1 (up to 300 words): Why are you interested in attending graduate school at UMass Boston?
    • Part 2 (approx. 1,200 words): State a current issue, problem or topic from your intended field of study (This can be specific to your country, state or local community) and discuss your strategic plan as to how you would address the issue and how attending graduate school at UMass Boston will aid you in your pursuits.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Please refer to Cost & Aid - Graduate Students for more information.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to

Graduation Criteria

Complete 30 credits from ten courses including five required courses, four electives, and one capstone course.

Pre-/corequisite courses:

Capstone: Completion of a written paper as part of MBA AF 632.

MBA AF 632 may be completed up to two times, in separate semesters, both as an elective and as the required capstone course.

Statute of limitations: Seven years.



Graduate Program Director: Kun Yu

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