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Master of Science in Finance

The College of Business offers a Master of Science in Finance Degree. The MS in Finance is a small, highly selective and focused program suited for finance professionals who seek to advance their finance skills, as well as students from other disciplines who seek to strengthen their finance expertise. Qualified students will take a prescribed 30 credits (10 classes) in the finance area, all taught by leading College of Business finance faculty.  The program includes a capstone experience class which requires students to complete a finance industry based project with partner enterprises.  This requirement synthesizes the student’s learning in a single project that demonstrates the student’s fulfillment of the programs’ learning goals. 

Students who graduate with the MS in Finance degree from Stony Brook University will be well suited for careers in banking, hedge funds, corporate finance, and regulation. 

The program can be completed full time in two semesters as outlined below.  It is possible to complete it part time, however we recommend you sit with an advisor to discuss your schedule.  The program must be started in the Fall semester.  For more information and for details on how to apply please e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator at

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their academic program. Students will have to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of their degree, otherwise the degree will not be granted. 

MS in Finance Learning Goals and Objectives

Requirements for the MS in Finance Degree

[All courses are 3 credit courses]

MS in Finance Program Required Courses for all Students

  • MBA 502 Finance
  • FIN 540 Probability & Statistics for Finance
  • FIN 562 Data Analysis for Finance
  • FIN 549 Risk Management 
  • FIN 578 Behavioral Finance
  • FIN 536 Financial Management 
  • FIN 539 Investment Analysis
  • FIN 541 Bank Management
  • FIN 552 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 580 Finance Capstone Course

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements.