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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 offers training in analytics tools like Python and R programming, machine learning, database management, and data visualization, and prepares you to lead with informed strategic vision.

Shape Your Own 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.

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)
  • Offers training in analytics tools like Python and R programming, machine learning, database management, and data visualization
  • Experiential learning component

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Priority Application Deadline: August 2, 2020
  • Fall Final Application Deadline: August 30, 2020
  • Fall Term Start: September 21, 2020
Curriculum

Curriculum

The Online Master's in Finance and Analytics consists of six core courses worth 20 total units of credit, plus a further 16 units of elective courses which can be completed over 4 to 6 courses.

Prerequisites

Due to the heavily quantitative nature of the Online Master's in Finance and Analytics, applicants should provide evidence of successful completion of coursework in the following subject areas during or following their undergraduate education:

  • Statistics: Content should include topics in statistics, descriptive statistics, regression, probability, random variables and distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for 1 and 2 populations, goodness of fit, and contingency tables

  • Calculus 1: Content should include differential and integral calculus; key concepts of limit, derivative, and continuity; derivatives in graphing and optimizing functions; and fundamental theorem of calculus

Applicants who have not completed these courses may be considered for provisional admission to the Online MSFA program, contingent upon their completion prior to enrolling in the program.

Core Courses (20 units)

  • FNCE 2400 Corporate Finance (4 units)
  • FNCE 2402 Math for Finance and Analytics With R (4 units)
  • MSIS 2403 Database Management Systems (2 units)
  • ECON 2409 Econometrics (2 units)
  • FNCE 2405 Investments (4 units)
  • MSIS 2407 Data Analytics With Python (4 units)

Experiential Learning (2 units, choose one of the following):

  • Practicum (2 units)
  • Capstone (2 units)

Electives (14 units, to be selected from the following):

  • FNCE 3728 Alternative Investments (2 units)
  • FNCE 2404 Introduction to Time Series Analysis (2 units)
  • FNCE 3484 Financial Engineering (4 units)
  • OMIS 3490 Machine Learning (4 units)
  • FNCE 3460 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructuring (4 units)
  • FNCE 2408 Analytics for Finance (2 units)
  • FNCE 3807 Intro to FinTech (2 units)
  • FNCE XXXX Financial Planning and Analysis (4 units)
  • FNCE 3482 Valuation (4 units)
  • MKTG 3597 Marketing Analytics (4 units)
Residency

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

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 for all fall 2020 applicants, and 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
  • 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 and Fees

Tuition for the Online Master's in Finance and Analytics is currently calculated at a per unit rate of $1,312. This rate is subject to change annually.

Online MS in Finance and Analytics Tuition and Fees Fall 2020-Summer 2021
Cost per Unit of Credit $1,312 (36 units)
Total Tuition $47,232
Application Fee* $148

*The application fee will be waived for all fall 2020 applicants, and waived permanently for all current SCU students and alumni!

Exclusive Scholarship Opportunity

The Leavey School of Business is proud to offer a $1,500 guaranteed scholarship for all Online MSFA applicants who apply by our priority deadline of August 2.

Sources

  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