Master of Science in Finance

The Finance Department at The Manning School of Business (MSB) offers a graduate degree program in Master of Science in Finance (MSF) in addition to a finance options in the MBA and doctoral degree programs. All degree programs offered by the Finance Department, along with all programs offered by the MSB are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation for a business school, and documents the commitment of the Finance Department, the Manning School of Business, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell to excellence in education and continuous improvement of programs to keep them rigorous and relevant.


For undergraduate business majors, the MSF curriculum consists of 10 courses (30 credits): five required courses in Finance and five electives (two of which are recommended to be in Finance). For applicants who earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than business, this program is preceded by three prerequisite courses (with grades of B- or better) representing key foundation material in Accounting, Economics, and Finance. These prerequisite course credits will not count toward the MSF degree. The curriculum plan for the MSF is as shown in the curriculum outline.

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate Degree: Official transcripts. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required.
  2. GMAT (minimum 500): can be waived for UMass Lowell undergraduates with a GPA of 3.2 and above and upon receipt of a recommendation by an UMass Lowell faculty member; also can be waived if the undergraduate GPA is 3.5 and above at an AACSB accredited (or equivalent) university.
  3. TOEFL for international students: (600+ paper-based, 250+ computer-based, or 100+ Internet-based).
  4. Successful completion of all other Graduate Admissions Office requirements, including three letters of recommendation.

Curriculum Outline: Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Major Required (Core) Courses (Total courses required = 5)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
FINA.6010 Corporate Finance 3
FINA.6110 Financial Statements Analysis 3
FINA.6210 Security Analysis & Portfolio Management 3
FINA.6750 Financial Derivatives 3
FINA.6910 International Financial Management 3
 Subtotal # Core Credits Required 15

Concentration Course Choices (Total courses required = 5)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
 Subtotal # Concentration Credits Required 15
ACCT.6010 Accounting Information for Management Decisions 3
FINA.6020 Advanced Corporate Finance 3
FINA.6100 Global Financial Markets & Monetary Policy 3
FINA.6220 Advanced Portfolio Management 3
FINA.6240 Fixed Income Securities 3
FINA.6510 Bank Management 3
FINA.6550 Global Financial Regulation & Compliance 3
FINA.6610 Financial Risk Management 3
FINA.6990 Finance Seminar 3
 Other Courses approved by the MSF Program Coordinator 

Curriculum Summary

  • Total Number of Courses required for the degree: 10
  • Total credit hours required for the degree: 30

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title
ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
FINA.5010 Business Financial Analysis (2 credits)
ECON.2010 Microeconomics (3 credits)

Academic and Graduation Requirements

Academic and graduation requirements are similar to those of the other graduate programs in the MSB. Specifically, no more than six (6) MSF course credits of grades below a B may be counted toward the MSF, and no graduate degree will be awarded to any student whose overall cumulative grade point average is below 3.0. Other policies, as contained in the UMass Lowell graduate Catalog, will also apply as appropriate.

MSF Program Coordinator: 

Prof. Chan Wung Kim
Phone: 978-934-2516