The Master of Science in Finance at Saint Joseph's University is designed to prepare you for success in the fast-paced, dynamic financial industry. The curriculum offers three career-enriching tracks so you can align your learning with your professional goals.
Choose Your Track
- Financial Analysis: Learn how to analyze market data, identify trends and apply recommendations in real-time using a student-managed fund
- Financial Planning: Prepare for the professional exam through CFP® Board-approved curriculum
- 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 industry
Study in an Elite Program
Saint Joseph's program is one of the few finance graduate programs in the nation that boasts CFP-certification, Haub School of Business' AACSB accreditation , and a top ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Add to that the benefit of being located in Philadelphia, a city brimming with opportunity in the financial industry.
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. 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
Saint Joseph's University’s CFP-certified* program teaches aspiring and experienced professionals about more than best practices. You will graduate prepared to create solutions, introduce new capabilities, improve client relationships, and ultimately, contribute to your organization's bottom line. Seven courses in the Master’s in Finance program satisfy the educational requirements of the CFP® examination and have been certified as such by CFP® Board.
*Saint Joseph's University does not certify individuals – CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.
At a Glance:
Full-Time: 1- 1.5 years
Part-time: 2 years (on average)
All students have the flexibility of 6 years to complete their degrees.
On Campus or Online
30-42 credits total (11 foundational credits, 9 core credits, 21 elective credits)
On campus: most classes are offered in 15-week sessions, with each class meeting one night per week.
Online: classes are normally offered in 8-week accelerated sessions, with most classes meeting “live” online one evening per week.
Profile of a Fellow Student
Full-time students in the MS in Finance Program average 1 to 3 years of work experience.
Part-time students average 5 to 12 years of work experience
International applicants average 2 to 4 years of work experience.
All academic and professional backgrounds welcome, no work experience is required to begin the program.
$1,075 per credit (2019-2020)
SJU has on and off-campus housing options for adult and graduate students.
SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
The Career Development Center offers a host of resources including resume review, interview prep, on-campus career fairs and interviews, workshops and networking events.
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.
All graduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate Business Student Association, that offers networking and social events. Contact the Graduate Business Office for more information.