Master of Science in Finance (MSc)Offered by:
John Molson School of Business
The Master of Science in Finance (MSc) is a research-based Master’s degree program. Graduates of MSc Finance program have strong quantitative and analytical abilities and a solid understanding of economic theory and research methodology. The research expertise available at JMSB ensures that MSc students can work closely with a faculty member in developing their thesis in an area they are passionate about. Develop advanced analytical and technical skills valued by employers, get industry experience through the co-op program, and engage with your peers in small classes.
The MSc program provides excellent preparation for students interested in advanced research who wish to pursue Doctoral studies and a career as a business professor or consultant. The MSc thesis is a major empirical research project that allows students to focus on a specific topic of particular interest and publish their results. Students are encouraged to select a topic addressing a contemporary business problem and apply technical and analytical skills to propose relevant solutions
The MSc in Finance attracts students with strong quantitative and analytical skills who wish to enhance their understanding of economic and financial theory, as well as research methodology. Graduates apply this knowledge to build successful careers in research and analysis in the private and public sectors.
Business majors and those who have majored in psychology, sociology, economics and other non-business areas are welcome to apply.
The MSc program is a 45-credit program offered on a full-time or part-time basis.
- 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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
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).
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
9 credits – Required Courses
MSCA 601 - Financial Economics (3 credits)
MSCA 602 - Applied Linear Statistical Models (3 credits)
MSCA 611 - Research Methodology - Finance (3 credits)
15 credits – 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 seminar in Finance (ADMI 840-849);
- Cognate graduate seminars offered by other departments within the university.
21 credits – Thesis
MSCA 699 - Research Thesis (21 credits)