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Online Master’s in Finance and Analytics

The Leavey School of Business is proud to offer a dynamic Online Master of Science in Finance and Analytics (MSFA) program, designed to develop the cutting-edge quantitative skills that define success in finance today.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the financial sector as a whole to grow over the next nine years,1 with much faster than average growth for financial manager roles in particular.2 Whether your goals in this lucrative and burgeoning field point toward a future in corporate finance, capital markets, or investment management, the STEM-designated Online Master's in Finance and Analytics from the business school ranked No. 10 in Finance3 can prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to take you to the next level.

Master Financial Management

The Online MSFA program helps you develop the in-depth knowledge needed to excel in a management or C-suite role in the financial sector, or in a finance leadership role in any organization. You will learn the intricacies of corporate finance, econometrics, investments, and more as you build a rock-solid foundation of finance acumen.

Evolve Your Analytics Toolkit

Successful finance leaders in the 21st century must know how to use and derive insights from rapidly evolving quantitative tools. The Online MSFA program will teach you to use analytics tools like Python and R programming, machine learning, database management, and data visualization, and our unique “Finance Forward” program theme will train you to synthesize them into a wide-ranging strategic vision.

Program Details

  • 36 units of credit
  • 10-12 courses
  • Complete in as little as 1 year
  • 1 on-campus residency
  • Expedited admissions pathway available for SCU alumni
  • 2 opportunities to start per year (fall and spring)
  • Experiential learning component

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Priority Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Fall Final Application Deadline: August 29, 2021
  • Fall Term Start: September 20, 2021

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Shape Your Path

In keeping with the flexibility and customizability for which the Leavey School of Business is known, the Online MSFA program gives you the opportunity to craft your own curriculum with 16 units of elective credit. Whether you want to drill down further into the technical tools at your disposal, expand your knowledge in specific subject areas like valuation and financial engineering, or complete an optional supervised practicum, our program can be shaped to meet your needs.
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Residency Weekend

The Online Master's in Finance and Analytics program kicks off with an introductory on-campus residency weekend. During this three-day event, you will meet your faculty and fellow students face to face for the very first time and cover the first several modules of FNCE 2400 Corporate Finance.

Residency weekend is a phenomenal opportunity to start forming the bonds that make collaboration in Santa Clara's online programs so vibrant and productive, as well as a chance to begin growing your professional network with a dynamic group of like-minded peers.

Admissions Requirements for the Online MS in Finance and Analytics

  • Completed online application
  • 4-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • $148 application fee
    • This fee will be waived permanently for SCU students and alumni who apply in the SCU Alumni Pathway, as well as veterans and active-duty military.
  • GMAT/GRE scores or waiver
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate degree and any post-baccalaureate work
  • Current resume or CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 3 business essays
  • Personal admission interview
    • Qualified applicants will be invited to schedule a personal admission interview. Interviews can be conducted in person at Santa Clara University, via Zoom, or by telephone
  • Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores. This requirement will be waived for applicants who score above the 50th percentile on the GMAT or GRE verbal section

Although preferred, professional work experience is not required for admission to the Online MSFA.

Alumni Expedited Pathway to Admission

We are proud to offer a preferred and expedited admissions pathway to SCU alumni who qualify. Students are welcome to apply via this pathway if they have graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or above from the Leavey School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Psychology, School of Law, or School of Theology, or a GPA of 2.5 or higher from the School of Engineering or in any STEM-related discipline.

Expedited alumni applicants need only submit the online application and a current resume/CV for initial consideration. Leavey alumni will be evaluated solely on this basis, while alumni from other schools and departments at SCU may be contacted if our admissions team deems further documentation necessary to make a decision regarding your application (GMAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc.). Speak to an Admissions Advisor for more information.


GMAT/GRE Waiver

A waiver for the GMAT/GRE requirement is available to applicants who have four or more years of full-time work experience and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited school with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) for STEM majors or 3.5 or higher for non-STEM majors
  • A master's, doctorate, or professional degree (JD, MD) with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited university
  • A professional certification such as CPA or CFA (Note: Certificate programs do not count toward this requirement)
  • A conferred degree that is quantitative in nature, e.g. math, engineering, or hard sciences (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Five or more years of military enlistment
  • Alumni of the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

No GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic, and an approved waiver enables consideration for the Online MSFA program but does not guarantee admission.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Online Master's in Finance and Analytics is currently calculated at a per unit rate of $1,318. This rate is subject to change annually.

Online MS in Finance and Analytics Tuition2021-2022 Academic Year
Cost per Unit of Credit$1,318 (36 units)
Total Tuition$47,448
Application Fee*$148

*Application fee waiver opportunity: The application fee for the Online MS in Marketing will be waived permanently for SCU students and alumni who apply in the SCU Alumni Pathway, as well as veterans and active-duty military!

Merit-based scholarships are available for the Online MS in Finance and Analytics. Please reach out to your Admissions Advisor for more information.

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1. Retrieved on April 22, 2020, from www.bls.gov/emp/tables/employment-by-major-industry-sector.htm
2. Retrieved on April 22, 2020, from www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm
3. Retrieved on April 22, 2020, from usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/santa-clara-university-leavey-01027

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