Finance M.S.


Finance M.S.

Student in the M.S. in Finance program

Solve complex financial problems with a Master of Science in finance. Whether you are looking to advance your career or break into a new area of business, an advanced degree in finance will position you to compete for some of the most lucrative and competitive jobs on the market.

UNH's Paul College of Business and Economics is launching a new Master of Science in Finance (M.S. in Finance) program that will enroll its first class in summer of 2020. Interested applicants who may need to complete prerequisite courses can start taking classes in January 2020 (see below for admission to the program).

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Why choose UNH's M.S. in Finance program?

Globally-known for its high national ranking in The Princeton Review, the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics has long been a trusted choice for aspiring professionals. You will learn from faculty with nationally recognized research and real-world business experience, like Associate Professor of Finance Yixin Liu. You will study on one of the safest university campuses in the United States, on the east coast of the country close the major U.S. financial hubs of  Boston and New York City .

The curriculum has been designed by Paul College’s accounting and finance faculty in consultation with the department’s advisory board to assist students in furthering careers in finance and in preparing for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. 

Program Highlights

  • STEM Designated: Perfectly positioned for international students. With a STEM designated focus on mathematical finance, students graduate from the M.S. in Finance program can apply for a 24-month OPT STEM Extension to their 12-month Optional Practical Training Program (OPT) period, allowing you to work in the United States for up to 36 months after graduation with no additional visa requirement.
  • Flexible: The program is offered in two formats: full-time, either 12 or 18 months (18 with summer internship); and part-time, two year. 33 credits (11 courses) for the full-time program and 30 credits (10 courses) for the part-time program.
  • Specialized: 3 Tracks: Focus on financial analytics (big data), investments, or self-directed
  • Convenient: Work while you study: late afternoon/evening in-classroom instruction plus hybrid courses that combine classroom and online components.
  • 4+1 Option: Undergraduate students can complete prerequisites during their senior year, giving them a jump-start on their graduate degree.
  • AACSB Accredited: Learn at a school that is among only 5 percent of business schools world-wide to meet the gold standard for the highest quality programs.

"We teach the theory and the practice of traditional finance, but we also challenge students to develop their creativity and critical thinking skills to understand asset allocation strategies, assess risk in a world of uncertain future payoffs, and evaluate capital budget techniques. Our MSF graduates will develop the skills they need to apply real-world solutions to global challenges related to corporate finance, risk management, forecasting and risk analysis, making them more attractive to employers looking for candidates with deep skill sets."

Senior Lecturer in Finance Richard Kilbride

The Master of Science in Finance program develops leaders who can provide solutions to the increasingly diverse and complex financial challenges of the business world. It will help you build a foundation of financial knowledge, which is basic to the understanding of financial concepts; master analytical skills, which result in the application of knowledge; and develop the abilility to solve complex financial problems.

The M.S. in Finance program is designed to develop the highest levels of skill in financial modeling, investment analysis, valuation, problem-solving, and the communication of complex financial information. It offers specialized training in one of three non-mandatory options: investments, financial analytics and "fintech," or a student-designed track. You will develop a strong understanding of ethical considerations and professional standards necessary in the field of finance and will be well-prepared for a variety of roles in corporate finance, investment banking, and start-up enterprises.

The program is offered in two formats: either 12 or 18 months (18 with summer internship); and part-time, two year. Upon admission all full-time and 18-month students are required to complete eight required courses and three track elective courses, totaling 33 credits. Part-time students take six required courses and four track electives, totaling 30 credits. Core courses cover topics in corporate finance, investments, computer programming, financial theory, financial reporting and analytics. The three optional tracks include a traditional investment track that leads to Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a financial analytics or “fintech” track, or a self-designed option that allows you to concentrate on entrepreneurship or computer science, for example.

Admission to the program is highly selective and based on several factors, including prior academic record, standardized test scores, essays and recommendations. Students with a bachelor’s degree from any major can apply for the M.S. in Finance program but should have strong motivation and good quantitative skills. All admitted candidates must have completed a series of prerequisite courses.

Admissions may be offered to students without these courses who will then be required to take the prerequisite courses prior to beginning the standard course of study. These courses include introductory financial management, principles in macro (or micro) economics, and business statistics or calculus.