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Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science in Finance

The Finance Department at The Manning School of Business 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.

The courses in the Manning School of Business are currently offered in an accelerated 8-week format. Student are allowed to register for a maximum of two courses (6 credits) per 8 week term. In order to petition to take more than two courses per 8-week term, the student needs to submit a graduate academic petition to the Manning School Graduate Office.

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate Degree: Official transcripts. A minimum overall GPA of 3.000 is required.
  2. TOEFL for international students: (600+ paper-based, 250+ computer-based, or 100+ Internet-based).
  3. Successful completion of all other Graduate Admissions Office requirements, including two letters of recommendation.
  4. Official GMAT and GRE test scores are no longer required.

Curriculum Outline: Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
ACCT.5010Financial Accounting (2 credits)
FINA.5010Fundamentals of Finance (2 credits)
View the complete degree pathway.
  • Total Number of Courses required for the degree: 10
  • Total credit hours required for the degree: 30

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 3.000. Other policies, as contained in the UMass Lowell graduate Catalog, will also apply as appropriate.

MSF Program Coordinator:

Prof. Ravi Jain
Phone: 978-934-2854

Updated 2/29/24