M.S. in Finance

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Fairfield University's Master of Science in Finance degree provides a unique opportunity for individuals to further their knowledge and careers in the areas of investment analysis, corporate finance, and risk management. 

Our program has been designated by the CFA Institute as recommended preparation for students seeking advanced certification as chartered financial analysts.  Furthermore, our MSF degree is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program as our innovative and flexible finance curriculum is geared to applied quantitative methods of analysis.  

Our degree consists 10 three-credit courses and can be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis, meaning it can be completed in as little as twelve months.  All our students will work closely with talented faculty and a dedicated program director committed to their career endeavors. 

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 Contact 203-254-4000, Ext. 2779 to learn more

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Information Session

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Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Rosalund Looby The M.S. Finance program at Fairfield University produces well-educated finance professionals, ready to take on careers in a variety of industry areas, including investments, banking, securities trading, corporate finance and risk management.

At the Dolan School of Business, faculty members work closely with students to guide them through curriculum and internship choices, in close collaboration with the Associate Dean and Graduate Program Director Dr. Mark LeClair.

The MS Finance program also prepares students who are seeking advanced certification as chartered financial analysts (CFA).  The MSF program is CFA designated, which means that70% plus of the curriculum parallels information in the different levels of the CFA exam.  One can pursue the MSF degree on a part-time or full-time basis and begin in the Fall or Spring semester.

If you have a strong interest in finance, a strong work-ethic and appreciate personalized, individual attention during your graduate studies, the MS Finance may be for you.  Please email me directly at rlooby1@fairfield.edu with questions or for more information.

Rosalind Looby
Director, Graduate Finance Programs

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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