MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE
The world of finance has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, thanks to the rise of technology, data and quantitative analysis. For those pursuing a career in corporate finance, trading, portfolio management or elsewhere, success depends on not only a deep knowledge of finance but also on the ability to think more broadly.
The Villanova Master of Science in Finance (MSF) offers a curriculum that combines a solid foundation in finance with exposure to the areas reshaping finance today. Over the span of 11 months, you will take an intensive course load of financial theory and principles, followed by an opportunity to explore a variety of electives in statistics, analytics, quantitative finance, investment management, real estate, machine learning, coding and more.
The MSF program ties in the latest technology with VSB’s Gmelich Lab for Financial Markets, along with the experience of VSB’s world-class faculty and noteworthy industry executives. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will put theory into practice with every class, giving you the confidence to think and respond on a professional level.
Designed for recent graduates and those with a few years of work experience, the MSF program at VSB also incorporates a strong professional development component with resources and support to help you achieve your short-and long-term career objectives. Research fellowships are also available, enabling students to engage in innovative research with VSB faculty.
The MSF program at VSB has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.
The Villanova MSF program is STEM-designated, meeting governmental criteria as an approved field of study in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. International students who complete the MSF and are working in their direct field of study are eligible to apply for a potential STEM OPT visa extension to gain up to an additional 24 months of work experience. Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for additional details.
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