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Finance (MSc)

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Master of Science in Finance (MSc)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Experiential learning
Co-op, Internship

Program overview

The Master of Science (MSc) in Finance is a research-based graduate business program. Students in the MSc Finance develop strong quantitative and analytical abilities, and a solid understanding of economic theory and research methodology. The small class size allows students to engage with their peers and faculty members while building a specialized network.

John Molson's research expertise ensures that MSc students work closely with a faculty member in developing their thesis in an area they are passionate about. Become an expert in your field with advanced analytical and technical skills valued by employers and produce the kind of research that is becoming increasingly necessary in public and private organizations. The program will also provide a springboard for those students wishing to pursue a PhD.

Program structure

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)


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)


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.



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.

Admission requirements

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.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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