M.S. in Finance

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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), certified financial planner (CFP), 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)

Contact 203-254-4000, Ext. 2843 to learn more.


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Message from the Director

Gregory Koutmos headshot‌Dear Prospective Student,

The M.S. in Finance at Fairfield University produces a pool of highly qualified graduates who staff a wide array of positions in the surrounding financial services industry and beyond. 

At the Dolan School of Business, faculty members in the Department of Finance are dedicated to their discipline through teaching and research. In close collaboration with the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs Dr. Mark Ligas. they make every effort to personally guide  students through the program. 



Should you choose to pursue an M.S. in Finance at Fairfield, you'll have access to such living and learning experiences as:

  • Graduate assistantships
  • Community service assignments incorporated into various courses
  • Academic rigor and scholarship
  • New initiatives such as the Student Managed Fund (SMIF) and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), where students acquire invaluable hands-on experience and enjoy opportunities to interact and learn from leaders in the field

If you have a strong interest in finance, desire to work hard with your professors and fellow students, and appreciate personalized, individual attention during your graduate studies, the M.S. in Finance at Fairfield may be for you. Please  take the time to further explore the possibilities of earning your masters at Fairfield University, and e-mail me directly if you have any questions.

Gregory D. Koutmos
M.S. in Finance Program Director



Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. in Finance must hold a bachelor's degree or MBA from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and have adequate background in the areas of:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form Apply Online
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history. (Submit Online)
  • A Personal Statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives. (Submit Online)
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Interviews. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an appointment.
  • *Official Score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE may be substituted for the GMAT.

*The Charles F. Dolan School of Business generally seeks graduate students who meet the following criteria:  an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 accompanied by a GMAT score of at least 500.

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

Please send original supporting application materials and documents that cannot be uploaded into the online application directly to the Business School:

Dolan School of Business
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4000, Ext.2843
Fax: (203) 254-4029


How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Course Offerings

Visit our online catalog for more information.

Required Courses (21 credits)

FI 530 Corporate Finance
FI 540 Investment Analysis
FI 545 Portfolio Management
FI 560 Global Financial Markets and Institutions
FI 565 Derivative Securities 
FI 580 Financial Risk Management
FI 595 Research Methods in Finance


Elective Courses (9 credits)

FI 500 Creating and Managing Shareholder Value
FI 555 International Financial Management
FI 575 Capital Budgeting
FI 570 Fixed Income Securities
FI 585 Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Finance
FI 597 Independent Seminar in Finance

*Designated as research course overall program requirements


Required Courses

21 credits

Elective Courses

9 credits

Total Requirements

30 credits

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