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Master of Science in Finance

Merrimack’s M.S. in Finance (MSF) is a technical degree that provides strong foundational knowledge in a variety of finance topics. 

In addition to being certification-ready in Bloomberg and FactSet, you’ll gain a working knowledge of Capital IQ and Morningstar. Students utilize industry-standard tools to navigate financial theory and insights while creating a portfolio of industry-aligned, relevant projects to showcase to employers.

Built for working professionals or recent college graduates with work experience interested in a career in finance, students emerge as strong analysts and financial managers ready to obtain in-demand certifications and credentials employers seek.

Quick facts:

  • 100 percent online or hybrid.
  • Tuition under $23,000 for most students.
  • Complete in 12 months full time or 16 months part time.
  • No GRE or GMAT required.
  • Financial aid eligible.

Learn more about Merrimack’s M.S. in Finance.

The specialty areas available for finance professionals are numerous and Merrimack’s M.S. in Finance readies you for a wide spectrum of financial roles and industries, including:

  • Asset management
  • Commercial banking
  • Corporate treasury
  • Derivative services
  • Equities/investment research
  • Financial and regulatory reporting
  • Financial operations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2024

Master of Finance Coursework

Merrimack’s M.S. in Finance curriculum was developed in consultation with industry experts to ensure that you emerge a strong analyst ready to identify value-added opportunities, assess risk, navigate global challenges and effectively communicate insights across a wide range of industries. 

Every student is on a unique professional journey and Merrimack’s curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop competencies in additional areas of business, dive deeper into technical aspects of finance, hone leadership skills and more.

Foundational Core (8 credits)

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business/finance, the foundational coursework gives you the framework needed to succeed in the more complex finance courses. These courses will take the place of open electives. 

  • Essentials of Finance
  • Foundations of Accounting (ACC 5050)

Finance Core (16 credits)

The program is intentionally designed to build a strong set of skills across a variety of finance concepts.

  • Corporate Finance & Valuation (FIN 5410)
  • Investments & Portfolio Strategies
  • Quantitative Methods & Financial Modeling (FIN 5440)
  • Financial Statement Analysis & Interpretation (FIN 5450)

Advanced Finance Electives (8 credits)

Students can choose eight credits that align with their professional goals. Current advanced finance electives include:  

  • Wealth Management (FIN 5460)
  • Trends & Innovation in Finance (FIN 5420)

Optional Concentrations and Open Electives (08 Credits)

The remaining electives are used to supplement and complement your finance courses and can be utilized to expand your skills in business analytics or data science. However, you have the option to choose open electives that fit your goals and meet your needs.

Business Analytics

  • Frameworks for Business Analytics (BAI 5100)
  • Strategic Decision-Making using Business Analytics (BAI 5150)
  • Leveraging Competitive Advantage with Business Intelligence (BAI 5250)
  • Data Visualization & Storytelling (BAI 5200)
  • Data Governance, Compliance & Ethics (BAI 5220)

Data Science

  • Introduction to Data Science and Statistics (DSE 5001)
  • R and Python Programming (DSE 5002)
  • Predictive Modeling (DSE 6111)

Stand out With In-Demand Certifications

Merrimack’s M.S. in Finance curriculum covers topics across a range of certifications:

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam
  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Exam
  • Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Exam
  • Bloomberg Certification
  • FactSet Certification

Mucci Capital Markets Lab

M.S. in Finance students are welcome on campus to hone their research and analytical skills at the Mucci Capital Markets Lab, featuring an array of Bloomberg terminals with real-time market data — open seven days a week.

Student Support Resources

Students in the Girard School of Business benefit from a dedicated success team. Support includes:

Support includes:

  • 1:1 advising and mentoring from faculty and program staff.
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning and Handshake.
  • Professional development workshops.
  • Math, writing and accessibility services through the Academic Success Center.
  • Career services support through the O’Brien Center for Career Development.

It’s Easy to Apply Online

A complete application includes:

  • Online application (no fee).
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Resume.
  • Interview or personal statement.
  • Contact information for one reference or one letter of recommendation.

GRE and GMAT scores are not required.

Key Dates and Deadlines

This program enrolls six times a year. Each term is eight weeks.

Application Deadline
Classes Begin
Summer II
Monday, June 17, 2024
Monday, July 1, 2024
Fall I
Monday, August 12, 2024
Monday, August 26, 2024
Fall II
Monday, October 7, 2024
Monday, October 21, 2024
Summer II
Application Deadline
Monday, June 17, 2024
Classes Begin
Monday, July 1, 2024
Fall I
Application Deadline
Monday, August 12, 2024
Classes Begin
Monday, August 26, 2024
Fall II
Application Deadline
Monday, October 7, 2024
Classes Begin
Monday, October 21, 2024

At Merrimack College, we’re proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally and spiritually — so that you may graduate as a confident, well-prepared citizen of the world.

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  • Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
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