Finance M.S.

Student in the M.S. Finance program
Finance M.S.

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.

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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.

A new graduate program in Finance is under development for Academic Catalog year 2019/2020.

UNH's Paul College of Business and Economics is launching a new Master of Science 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.

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.
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824

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"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

Program Details

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.

Curriculum & Requirements


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: December 15 for Spring 2020 only otherwise N/A
  • Summer: May 15
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GMAT Optional

GMAT test scores are optional. Applicants may provide their GMAT or GRE scores to supplement their application or to be considered for department scholarships and assistantships. 

Please, request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official.

Personal Statement

  1. Please tell us about yourself and why you are interested in studying finance at the University of New Hampshire.
  2. Do you believe your college grades reflect your ability? Explain.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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