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The 30-credit Master of Science in Finance program offered by Zicklin School of Business is ideal for professionals interested in upgrading their technical training and knowledge in finance as well as for individuals with strong quantitative skills seeking a career change. Students interested in taking the CFA or FRM certification exams can significantly cut the need for additional preparation by taking the appropriate electives. The program can also serve as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in finance or a related field.

Innovations in financial markets, institutions, and securities present significant opportunities and challenges to financial managers on a daily basis.  The MS in Finance, offered by the Zicklin School of Business, is a highly focused program designed to equip professionals with the advanced knowledge and cutting-edge analytical tools they need to successfully navigate today’s financial markets.

The 30-credit program is ideal for professionals interested in upgrading their technical training and knowledge in finance as well as for individuals with strong quantitative skills seeking a career change. Students interested in taking the CFA or FRM certification exams can significantly cut the need for additional preparation by taking the appropriate electives. The program can also serve as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in finance or a related field.

The MS in Finance is offered as a Zicklin School flex-time program, allowing students to take courses primarily in the evenings, on either a part-time or full-time (9 or more credits per semester) schedule, depending on their needs each semester.

Highly motivated full-time students with waived preliminary course requirements will be able to complete the program in as little as one year (two semesters plus summer session).

Students entering in Fall 2017 should seek advising before registering for courses.  Please email ZicklinMSPrograms@baruch.cuny.edu for assistance.

Preliminary Courses

Based on their academic background, the admitted applicants may be required to take preliminary courses from the following list. These courses are not part of the 30-credit MSF curriculum and the students who take them will incur additional cost.

Course # Course Title Credits
ACC 9110 Financial Accounting, or equivalent 3.0
ECO 9730 Fundamentals of Microeconomics, or equivalent 1.5
ECO 9740 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics, or equivalent 1.5
FIN 9762 Introduction to Quantitative Tools for Finance, or equivalent 3.0
FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making, or equivalent 3.0

Typical Waiver Criteria for Preliminary Courses

Course # Undergraduate Equivalent
Graduate Equivalent
Min GradeTime LimitSchool Accreditation
ACC 9110 3 cr. financial accounting or financial statement analysis 3 cr. financial accounting or financial statement analysis B- 5 years Regional
ECO 9730 1.5 cr. micro or 3 cr. micro + macro 1.5 cr. micro or 3 cr. micro + macro B- 5 years Regional
ECO 9740 1.5 cr. macro or 3 cr. micro + macro 1.5 cr. macro or 3 cr. micro + macro B- 5 years Regional
FIN 9762 6 cr. statistics or econometrics 3 cr. statistics or econometrics B 3 years AACSB
FIN 9770 6 cr. financial management, corporate finance, or investments 3 cr. financial management or corporate finance B 3 years AACSB

Note: Waiver criteria are subject to change.

Required Courses (10.5 credits)

The following courses are required for all MSF students. The students are advised to take the required courses as early in the program as they can because these required courses serve as prerequisites for many electives.

Course # Course Title Credits
BUS 9551 Business Communication I* 1.5
ECO 9723 Econometrics: Theory and Applications I 3.0
FIN 9781 Managerial Finance 3.0
FIN 9783 Investment Analysis 3.0

Elective Courses (19.5 credits)

To earn the MSF degree the students need to successfully complete a total of 19.5 credits of elective courses from the following list.

Note: Only a small subset of these courses is offered each semester and the actual course offerings vary from semester to semester.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECO 9713 Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy 3.0
ECO 9724 Econometrics: Theory and Applications II 3.0
FIN 9740 Technical Analysis 3.0
FIN 9759 Mergers and Acquisitions 3.0
FIN 9774 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance 3.0
FIN 9782 Futures and Forward Markets 3.0
FIN 9784 Management of Financial Institutions 3.0
FIN 9785 Financial Markets and Intermediaries 3.0
FIN 9786 International Financial Markets 3.0
FIN 9788 International Corporate Finance 3.0
FIN 9789 Equity Markets: Trading and Structure 3.0
FIN 9790 Seminar in Finance 3.0
FIN 9792 Advanced Managerial Finance 3.0
FIN 9793 Advanced Investment Analysis 3.0
FIN 9795 Debt Instruments and Markets 3.0
FIN 9797 Options Markets 3.0
FIN 9851 Classical Foundations of Financial Risk Management 1.5
FIN 9852 Measurement and Management of Market Risk I 1.5
FIN 9853 Measurement and Management of Market Risk II 1.5
FIN 9854 Measurement and Management of Credit Risk I 1.5
FIN 9855 Measurement and Management of Credit Risk II 1.5
FIN 9856 Measurement and Management of Risks in Operations and Information Technology 1.5
FIN 9857 Measurement and Management of Risks in Investments 1.5
FIN 9858 Implications of Corporate Governance, Regulation, and Ethics for Risk Management 1.5
FIN 9880 International Financial Markets 1.5
FIN 9881 Debt Securities 1.5
FIN 9882 Futures and Forwards 1.5
FIN 9883 Options 1.5
FIN 9884 Venture Capital 1.5
FIN 9890 Special Topics in Investments 1.0
FIN 9891 Special Topics in Investments 1.5
FIN 9892 Special Topics in Investments 2.0
FIN 9893 Special Topics in Investments 3.0
FIN 9894 Special Topics in Corporate Finance 1.0
FIN 9895 Special Topics in Corporate Finance 1.5
FIN 9896 Special Topics in Corporate Finance 2.0
FIN 9897 Special Topics in Corporate Finance 3.0
FIN 9985 Risk Management in Financial Institutions 3.0

*Effective for all MS-Finance students admitted in spring 2016 or later.  Students admitted prior to spring 2016 should consult their preliminary course evaluation and/or waiver exam results, since other requirements and conditions may apply.

Sample Program of Study: Fast Track (with preliminary courses waived)


The students can start the main 30-credit program in fall or spring semesters. The preliminary courses, if required, will have to be taken prior to the main program.

Fall Required Courses + Elective 12
ECO 9723 Econometrics: Theory and Applications I 3.0
FIN 9781 Managerial Finance 3.0
FIN 9783 Investment Analysis 3.0
FIN 9797 Options Markets 3.0
Spring Electives 12
BUS 9551 Business Communication I 1.5
FIN 9759 Mergers and Acquisitions 3.0
FIN 9774 Venture Capital Entrepreneurial Finance 3.0
FIN 9795 Debt Instruments and Markets 3.0
FIN 9858 Implications of Corporate Governance, Regulation, and Ethics for Risk Management 1.5
Summer 2 Electives 6
FIN 9786 International Financial Markets 3.0
FIN 9790 Seminar in Finance 3.0

Note: This schedule is for illustration purposes only. The actual programs of study will vary across students, may include different courses, and may take a different number of semesters to complete. The Department reserves the right to amend, modify, or change the courses offered and/or the sequence of courses.

Admissions

Incoming students can start their programs in either Fall or Spring semesters.

Applications are processed on a year-around basis. Please see the details of the application process and the requirements.

The profile of the students enrolled in the program:
Fall 2014 cohort
Fall 2015 cohort
Mean Mean25% 75%
GMAT 637 659 615 700
TOEFL 103
102 99
103
Undergraduate GPA 3.5 3.3 2.9
3.6
Age 27 25 23 26
Work experience (months) 31
18 3
24
Students enrolled 43 51
Countries 14 10

Contacts:

Office of Graduate Admissions

Visitors: 151 E. 25th St. Room 820 (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
Mail: One Bernard Baruch Way, Box H-820, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 312-1300
Fax: (646) 312-1301
Website: Zicklin Graduate Admissions

International Student Service Center

151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor, Room 730
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 312-2050
Fax: (646) 312-2051
Email: issc@baruch.cuny.edu
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Office of Graduate Programs

Visitors: Newman Vertical Campus (25th St., between Lexington and 3rd Avenues), Room 13-221.
Mail: One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B13-221, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 312-3140
Fax: (646) 312-3141
Email: ZicklinMSPrograms@baruch.cuny.edu
Website: Graduate Academic Services

Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance

One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B10-225, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 312-3450
Fax: (646) 312-3451
Email: ecofin@baruch.cuny.edu

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