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Finance MSc

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with high academic standing serves as a prerequisite for the program. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have maintained at least a B average in their final two years and have obtained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.30 scale, or the equivalent, from an accredited university.
  • Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the previous five years, three letters of recommendation with the Academic Assessment forms, and a short statement of purpose. (Please note that the GMAT is preferred to the GRE).
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT). Applicants who have been admitted by a program and whose test results fall within the range requiring a language placement test are required to write the Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT).

The program is open to both full-time and part-time students.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other than Commerce or Business Administration will be required to take prerequisite courses in addition to the required coursework in the graduate program. The specific courses to be taken are determined by the Department MSc Advisor with the approval of the Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs depending upon the student's background and area of specialization.

Fast-Track to PhD in Business Administration

Meritorious students enrolled in a JMSB Master of Science program who have completed all degree requirements except for the thesis may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies in the same discipline without submitting a master's thesis. In all such cases, the decision of the PhD Admissions Committee shall be final.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

In the first year of the program, candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits.

Please see the MSc Finance, Management, Marketing, and Administration, Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (MSCA) Courses section for course descriptions.

Finance MSc (45 credits)

9

credits of Required Courses:

MSCA 601 Financial Economics (3.00)
MSCA 602 Applied Linear Statistical Models (3.00)
MSCA 611 Research Methodology - Finance (3.00)

15

credits of MSc Finance Seminars.

Upon approval of the Department MSc Finance Advisor and the instructor, up to six credits of electives may include the following:
- Seminars in any other JMSB MSc program;
- PhD Seminars in Finance;
- Cognate graduate seminars offered by other departments within the university.

21

credits:

MSCA 699 Research Thesis (21.00)

MSc Finance Seminars

Each year a selection of specialized seminars will be offered on a rotating basis from those listed below:

MSCA 621 Seminar in Investment Theory (3.00)
MSCA 622 Seminar in Investment Management (3.00)
MSCA 623 Seminar in Financial Theory and Corporate Policy (3.00)
MSCA 624 Seminar in Mergers, Restructuring, and Corporate Control (3.00)
MSCA 625 Seminar in Options and Futures (3.00)
MSCA 632 Seminar in Special Topics in Finance (3.00)
Note: Changes in topic will be indicated by changes to the title in the course schedule.

Academic Regulations

Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

Residence. The minimum residence requirement for this master’s degree is three terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.

Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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