The Master of Science in Finance offers several options to develop advanced skills for specific professional objectives in the field of finance. Underlying each program option is a core foundation that supports a deeper understanding of financial concepts, including important grounding in accounting, economics, quantitative methods, and modeling techniques. On this scaffold the program builds expertise in the theory and applications that are relevant to financial institutions, corporate treasuries, other business entities, and investors. Graduate learners can choose among the following program options: Financial Analysis, Financial Management, Professional Financial Planning, and Financial Risk Management and Compliance. The curriculum for each of these options includes subject matter required for various professional certifications. Students are encouraged to leverage their Master’s degree and enhance their career opportunities by pursuing the relevant certification during or soon after their graduate study.
- The completion of a Bachelor's degree.
- The minimum requirement for admission to the MBA / MS programs is 3.0 (Effective spring 2014)
- Students whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.75-2.99 will be considered for admission and matriculation with the following conditions:
- Business undergraduate majors with a GPA below 3.0 (2.75-2.99) must take the GMAT and attain a score of 560 (50th percentile) or better.
- Or, must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
- NJCU business graduates with GPA 2.75-2.99 must also get a recommendation from the business unit coordinator or a senior faculty member of their major.
- Non-business majors must have a GPA of 2.75 or better and must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
- Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; resume; and GMAT test results. An interview may be requested.
- Additional requirements for international students include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test result, and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.
- Graduate courses from other institutions may be accepted with approval of the Graduate Business Department.
Students who were non-business undergraduate majors, or business majors who are deemed to need a contemporary refresher, may be required to take BUSI 599 Graduate Business Essentials, in order to build an academic foundation for graduate work in business. Students who need to improve their written and oral communications may be required to take BUSI 695 Executive Communications.
Each of the specializations in the MS Finance program requires the same six core courses (18 credits), a specialization of six courses (18 credits), and a capstone (3 credits). For more detail, follow the links to each program’s curriculum.