The real estate finance certificate can be completed as a standalone certificate or as part of the stackable MBA or Finance MS Whether you enroll in the real estate finance certificate on its own or stack it as part of the MBA or MS, you will receive a certificate credential that can be added to your resume.
The Master of Science in Finance from Saint Joseph's University is designed to prepare you for success in the fast-paced, dynamic financial industry. Our curriculum will help you develop expertise in your chosen career path, with courses such as:
- Portfolio Management
- Security Analysis
- International Finance
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Risk Management
- Commercial Real Estate Valuation
- Real Estate Development and Construction
- Stakeholder Theory and Social Responsibility
Through Saint Joseph's 4+1 program, current undergraduate students can start earning credits toward their Finance MS degree during their senior year. This unique option allows you to graduate with two degrees — a bachelor's and master's — in just five years, saving you time and money. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, but students majoring in areas outside of computer science may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Students interested in this program should apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be conditionally accepted before they complete their bachelor's degree.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph's Master of Science in Finance program is one of the few finance graduate programs in the nation that boasts Haub School of Business' AACSB accreditation, the gold standard of business school accreditation. Add to that the benefit of being located in Philadelphia, a city brimming with opportunity in the financial industry.
Three career-focused tracks offer the opportunity to customize your degree to fit your unique career focus and goals. This degree features the same stackable model as other Haub degrees, and students pursuing MSF programs may also earn one certificate in addition to the MS degree.
You will have the option to choose from one of the following career-enriching tracks so you can align your learning with your professional goals:
- Financial Analysis: Learn how to analyze market data, identify trends and apply recommendations in real time using a student-managed fund.
- Real Estate Finance: Get the tools to take your career to the next level through a program designed by experts and connected to a deep network of alumni leaders in the real estate industry.
Earning your master’s in finance isn't just about adding a new degree credential to your resume, it's about getting real ROI from your time in the classroom. Our curriculum prepares you for an era where innovations in financial analytics, artificial intelligence, risk management and other new realities will continue to present both challenges and opportunities. We're connected to the industries you work in and make it easier to secure new career opportunities through our engaged alumni, faculty and partnerships.
Saint Joseph's finance faculty are unsurpassed scholars, industry experts and corporate executives bringing theory, practice and relevance to the classroom. Our small, dynamic classes allow for discussion, reflection and collaboration.
We’ve designed our master’s in finance program for the working professional. Flexibility and choice are built-in so you can balance work, family and all the other commitments of a busy life. You can choose to join classmates for in-person sessions at our Philadelphia campus, or take advantage of a fully online option with no residency requirements. Either way, you can expect the same tuition rates, top-rated faculty and quality education.
Academic advising, customized support and career counseling are all part of our commitment to your education. The Leahy Advising Center is available to assist you in every step of your academic journey, providing the resources and support to ensure your lifelong success. Additionally, the Career Center offers a host of resources such as resume review, interview prep, on-campus career fairs and interviews, workshops and networking events.
What Can I Do With a Finance Degree?
Earn your advanced credentials by building on professional planning, analytical and financial experience, along with the strong ethical foundation that is crucial to today’s financial environment. Graduates who obtain a master's in finance have gone on to pursue successful careers as the following:
- Investment banker
- Hedge fund manager
Affordable tuition options start at $1,192 per credit.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Graduate assistantships offer tuition remission and stipend. Positions are available, but highly competitive. Once you apply, please note that all offices manage their hiring individually.
Why Obtain a Master's in Finance in Philadelphia?
Our faculty and students are closely connected to the business and cultural networks in Philadelphia, the nation's sixth-largest city. Many work at the dozen+ Fortune 500 companies, global corporate headquarters, family-operated enterprises and non-profit organizations that call Philadelphia home. Our faculty, alumni and fellow students are entrepreneurs who give back to the city and are leaders moving our community into the future.
Saint Joseph’s will be your campus, but Philly will be your classroom, your network and the backdrop for your career. Earn your advanced credentials by building on professional planning, analytical and financial experience, along with the strong ethical foundation that is crucial to today’s financial environment.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
- Fall: August
- Spring: January
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Financial Analysts earn a median salary of $95,570 per year.
Students may transfer up to six graduate credit hours (2 courses) towards the finance MS from an AACSB-accredited college or university, provided a grade of B or higher was earned in the course and content equivalency is approved. Approval by the Department Chairperson of the applicable academic department is required. Request for the evaluation of graduate transfer credit must be made at the time of application or admission.
Graduates of this program can find a career in leading finance companies, including:
- JP Morgan Chase
- Wells Fargo
- Goldman Sachs
- Federal Reserve Bank