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Fairfield University's Master of Science in finance provides unique opportunities for individuals who want to further their careers in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and banking. The MS in Finance can be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis and consists of 10 three-credit courses. It's especially useful for those seeking certification as a chartered financial analyst (CFA), certified financial manager (CFM), or a financial risk manager (FRM). No matter which program you choose, you’ll work closely with a talented faculty committed to your career endeavors. Further, the Dolan School MS in Finance program is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP).

CFA Institute University Affiliation Program is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Program Specializations

  • Business Analytics – develop your skills for continuous iterative exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning by using data and statistical methods.
  • Corporate Finance - broaden and deepen your skills in corporate development/strategic planning and/or risk management
  • Accounting – sharpen your accounting acumen. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree (BS or BA) with a major in accounting or the equivalent for the Accounting specialization.

This degree is STEM Designated and provides students with the ability to compete for the growing employment demand of jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

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Finance Students At A Glance

Age Range: 21 – 39
Average Age: 26
Average GPA: 3.69
Female: 26%
Male: 74%

Undergraduate Majors: Accounting / Business Administration / Chemistry / Computer Science / Economics / Finance / Information Systems / Liberal Arts / Mechanical Engineering / Politics

Working at: Morgan Stanley / PwC / JPMorgan Chase / Bank of China/ Bridgewater Associates/ Optima group/ SS&C Technologies/ O’Shaughnessy Asset Management

Career & Professional Development

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their career, advance their career within their current organization, or pivot to another career, Dolan will provide students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

Finance Advisory Board

Mike Archbold ’82
Former CEO
GNC Holdings and The Talbots, Inc.

Jorge Chiluisa ‘89
SVP, Relationship Manager
Siena Lending Group

Ed Fletcher
Atlas Holdings LLC

Tom Luglio ’86
Managing Director
Credit Suisse

Margarita Pineda-Ucero
Senior Consultant in Enterprise Risk Management & Chief Risk Officer
Women Dignity Alliance

Lindsey Pulito-Moore ’04
CFO of Bloomberg Enterprise Sales & Analytics

Kyle Siebert ’08
SVP Private Banking

Colleen Tycz ’04
Director, National Account Manager, Retirement Solutions Division
Legg Mason Global Asset Management

John Welch ’87
Chief Executive, North America
AXA XL Reinsurance

Program Requirements

The MSF curriculum includes 30 credits of coursework, consisting of 10, three-credit courses.

Required Courses (21 credits)

Elective (9 credits)

  • Concentrations include Business Analytics, Corporate Finance, and Accounting

For complete course descriptions please view the online course catalog.

Admission To Dolan

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) or have completed the equivalent coursework prior to beginning the program.

Dolan Lecture Series

The Dolan Lecture Series features highly accomplished, visionary, and internationally recognized business leaders.

Dean's Executive Forum

The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to feature business leaders across industries to share their experience with students in an informal setting. Programs are developed in collaboration with a Dean’s Executive Forum Student Committee and are held three times a year.

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Graduate Fellowship

Fairfield Dolan offers merit-based graduate fellowships that provide substantial financial support towards the cost of tuition. In addition, students who qualify can apply for a competitive scholarship that covers much of the cost of attending. Admitted students are eligible to apply for a limited number of entrance scholarships. These one-time awards are applied to offset the cost of the first semester of study. As these are very competitive, it is best to apply early if you wish to be considered for this form of support.

Women in Scholars Program-for candidates interested in pursuing a Fairfield Dolan graduate degree program.  This scholarship also includes a mentoring component with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos at for additional information.

Contact Us

Leanne De Los Santos, assistant dean of graduate programs, or 203-254-4000, x3219

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply?

No. The MSF program is designed to accommodate a variety of students from different backgrounds. Pre-requisite coursework includes Financial Accounting, Statistics, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics. Prerequisite coursework can be completed at Fairfield University. An Accounting workbook can be completed to demonstrate proficiency in lieu of a 3-credit course.

How long does it take to complete the MSF degree program?

Full-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as one year.
Part-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as two years.

How are courses offered?

  • Traditional: 14-week
  • Accelerated: 7-week
  • Intensive
  • Summer: 7-week accelerated
  • Online or hybrid formats of any of the above schedules

How are the courses structured?

Traditional courses are taught as lectures/seminars. Courses offered in other formats are designed to offer the same type of classroom experience as the traditional format. Some classes use online discussion, chats, blogs, electronic portfolios, and more as ways to enhance the course experience. Classes taught fully online deliver lectures through a variety of means, and use any or all of the above methods to ensure student participation, comprehension, and performance.

What is the tuition for this degree program?

See tuition and fees for Fairfield University graduate programs.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE exam?

The GMAT/GRE exam is required for applicants to the MSF program. This requirement may be waived. Please refer to our waiver policy here.

Can I apply to this program as an international student?

Yes, please review the application requirements for international students. The MSF program is STEM designated.

Whom do I call if I have questions?

For information, please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Leanne De Los Santos at or 203-254-4000 ext. 3219.

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