Master of Science in Finance, Carroll School of Management
By focusing on fundamental economic principles, the MSF Program at Boston College prepares students to navigate and manage unpredictable economic landscapes. MSF students gain valuable experience through case studies, internships, field study, and real world consulting projects. Classes are small, fostering a strong sense of community and collegiality, and students have remarkable access to some of the finest teachers and researchers in the world.
carroll school of management Master of Science in Finance msf Globalization, new technologies, ever-evolving regulations, and novel financial instruments: the landscape of finance is constantly changing. To succeed in this constantly evolving environment, industry professionals need a thorough grounding in the enduring principles that underlie financial markets. By focusing on fundamental economic principles, the MSF Program at Boston College prepares students to navigate and manage unpredictable economic landscapes. MSF students gain valuable experience through case studies, internships, field study, and realworld consulting projects. Classes are small, fostering a strong sense of community and collegiality, and students have remarkable access to some of the finest teachers and researchers in the world. Master of Science in Finance program details The MSF Program helps students deepen their knowledge of finance, broaden their opportunities within the industry, and become recognized leaders in their fields. It is designed to meet the diverse needs of finance professionals at different stages of their careers. It is also suited for recent undergraduates beginning their careers in finance, and for mathematicians, economists, engineers, computer scientists, and others who are considering a new career in the world of finance. SCHEDULING OPTIONS Full time Cohort (accelerated) format » Students in the accelerated program can complete the MSF in one full year of study. Students progress through the program as a cohort, fostering exceptional camaraderie and creating a supportive network— one that continues long after the program comes to an end. Quantitative track » Designed for full-time students, the quantitative track MSF offers a thorough grounding in technical and analytical skills. The quantitative track consists of 11 courses, including five doctoral-level courses, and can be completed in three semesters. Part time Self-paced option » The self-paced option meets the needs of individuals who wish to continue their careers while pursuing advanced study. While course enrollment is flexible, self-paced students typically complete the program in 20 months. Jill Glaser, MSF ’04 Equity Research Associate Analyst, Credit Suisse “At PricewaterhouseCoopers I gained practical experience in the field of accounting. Then I chose to invest a year in the Boston College MSF Program for broader exposure to financial markets and deeper knowledge of what drives the value of firms. The curriculum provided a full understanding of corporate finance, capital markets, and investments. The faculty drew on real-world examples to illustrate the material, and my classmates contributed knowledge from their diverse backgrounds, making the classroom discussions interesting and informative. My experiences at BC proved to be invaluable as I started a career in equity research following completion of the program.” Sample Curricula and Course Sequences full time COHORT (ACCELERATED) MSF fall COURSES Investments Corporate Finance Financial Econometrics Management of Financial Institutions part time self-paced MSF credits 3 3 3 3 credits 3 6 3 credits 3 3 30/10 fir st year, fir st semester* Investments Corporate Finance fir st year, second semester Financial Econometrics Management of Financial Institutions credits 3 3 credits 3 3 credits 3 3 credits 3 3 credits 3 3 30/10 spring COURSES Theory of Corporate Finance Two of the following: Fixed Income Analysis; Portfolio Theory; Derivatives and Risk Management One Elective fir st year, third semester One of the following: Fixed Income Analysis; Portfolio Theory; Derivatives and Risk Management One Elective summer COURSES Financial Policy One Elective second year, fir st semester Theory of Corporate Finance One of the following: Fixed Income Analysis; Portfolio Theory; Derivatives and Risk Management second year, second semester total credit hours/courses QUANTITATIVE TRACK msf fir st year, fall COURSES Math for Economists Statistics Corporate Finance Investments Financial Policy credits 3 3 3 3 credits 3 3 3 3 credits 3 3 3 33/11 One Elective total credit hours/courses * Students who choose the self-paced option may begin the program in September or January. fir st year, spring COURSES Econometrics Capital Markets Derivatives and Risk Management Fixed Income Analysis PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS All candidates are required to complete the following courses prior to beginning the program: accounting, calculus, financial management, and statistics. Economics, if not already completed, may be taken as part of the MSF Program and is a requirement for graduation. Prior to applying to the quantitative track MSF Program, applicants must have the following coursework: three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra, and one semester of statistics. second year, fall COURSES Empirical Asset Pricing Portfolio Theory One Elective total credit hours/courses Âť www.bc.edu/msf APPLIED LEARNING Experiential learning is an integral part of the curriculum for MSF students at Boston College. The Curriculum in Investment Research and Management (CIRM) Program, for example, offers a realitybased curriculum that merges theoretical learning with hands-on workshops. For qualifying students, the program culminates in “live money” portfolio management. The School also offers off-campus opportunities for graduate students to learn directly from industry professionals. Our TechTrek course features visits to Silicon Valley, Seattle, and New York City, allowing students to tour some of the nation’s hottest tech firms and meet with venture capitalists, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. The International Management Experience culminates in an international trip to interact with business leaders and government officials. And in the International Consulting Project, students travel to countries such as China or Peru to work with clients on specific business challenges. Graduate students at the Carroll School fulfill the University’s tradition of service by serving as mentors, role models, or tutors in underserved communities, or by providing pro bono professional services to local nonprofit organizations. Numerous student clubs, including the Graduate Management Association and the Graduate Finance Association, provide additional opportunities for students to gain significant leadership experience as well as develop their personal and professional interests. » www.bc.edu/msfappliedlearning DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAMS Through the Carroll School’s Master of Business Administration/MSF and Master of Science in Accounting/MSF programs, MSF candidates gain additional skills and knowledge as well as a broader perspective on the field of finance. Individuals with advanced training in multiple disciplines also enjoy a competitive edge. Candidates can complete the requirements of dual-degree programs in significantly less time than it would take to pursue each program separately. » www.bc.edu/msfdualdegrees Faculty Pierluigi Balduzzi Professor; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles Jeffrey Pontiff James F. Cleary Chair in Finance and Professor; PhD, University of Rochester David Chapman Associate Professor; PhD, University of Rochester Jun Qian Associate Professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania Thomas J. Chemmanur Professor; PhD, New York University Jonathan Reuter Assistant Professor; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clifford G. Holderness Professor; MSc, London School of Economics; JD, Stanford University Ronnie Sadka Professor; PhD, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Edith Hotchkiss Associate Professor; PhD, New York University Philip E. Strahan John L. Collins, S.J., Chair in Finance and Professor; PhD, University of Chicago Oguzhan Karakas Assistant Professor; PhD, London Business School Darren Kisgen Associate Professor; PhD, University of Washington Robert A. Taggart Professor; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nadya Malenko Assistant Professor; PhD, Stanford University Jerome Taillard Assistant Professor; PhD, Ohio State University Jun Qian Associate Professor, Finance “You can’t teach advanced finance out of a textbook because the field is constantly changing. A text written three years ago would look ridiculous today. In my classes, I incorporate case studies that examine real issues facing real companies. I often include my own research into class discussions as well, especially of hot-button issues like CEO compensation and credit ratings. Doing so allows us to talk about these issues in greater depth. Members of the finance faculty at Boston College are all deeply involved in research; at the same time, each of us pays close attention to teaching. For me, it’s an honor and a privilege to be here.” Jun Qian’s research focuses on theoretical and empirical corporate finance and financial institutions. He is particularly interested in the global connections among financial contracts, laws and institutions, and economic growth. He also studies the development of financial systems in emerging markets. A research fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, he is a member of the American Finance Association and Western Finance Association. Alan Marcus Mario J. Gabelli Endowed Chair and Professor; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hassan Tehranian Griffith Family Millennium Chair, Professor, and Chairperson of the Department; Director, Center for Asset Management; PhD, University of Alabama Alicia H. Munnell Peter F. Drucker Professor; PhD, Harvard University Dmitriy Muravyev Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Helen Frame Peters Professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania » www.bc.edu/msffaculty Careers and the Alumni Network MSF graduates typically go on to jobs in corporate finance, asset management, and investment banking. Boston College’s Career Strategies office provides career guidance and support through workshops as well as on-campus company information sessions, industry lunches, and roundtables. Graduates of the MSF Program join a loyal and influential alumni network. Today, the Boston College alumni community encompasses more than 162,000 individuals all over the world, including more than 35,000 graduates of the Carroll School. FULL-TIME COHORT (ACCELERATED) MSf Job Placement Data (2010–2012) Compensation Eighty percent of salaries fall between $55,000–$85,000. Employment by Industry Consulting Consumer Banking Consumer Goods/Retail Financial Services Insurance Manufacturing Representative List of Hiring Companies Barclays Capital The Boston Company Asset Management Canaccord Genuity Credit Suisse Group Deloitte Consulting Duff & Phelps EuroConsult Fidelity Investments IM John Hancock Loomis Sayles Marvin Windows and Doors Nomura Piper Jaffray PricewaterhouseCoopers Providence Equity Partners RBS Citizens, N.A. Staples State Street Towers Watson UBS Wealth Management Wilmington Trust FULL-TIME COHORT (ACCELERATED) MSF ENTERING CLASS OF 2013 PROFILE Academic profile Average GMAT Average GRE Average undergraduate GPA Years of work experience 703 1356 3.53 0–6 Class Composition Average age Age range AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American) Women International students 24 21–36 7% 37% 78% Data is not yet available for the quantitative track MSF. The first class matriculated in fall 2012. part-TIME COHORT (ACCELERATED) MSF ENTERING CLASS OF 2013 PROFILE* Academic profile Average GMAT Average undergraduate GPA Average years of work experience 606 3.1 8.2 Total international enrollment Includes: Canada, China, France, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Russia, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam Undergr aduate Major s Accounting Business/Commerce Double major Economics Engineering Finance Humanities/Social Science Math/Physical Science Other Entering class profile data as of July 15, 2013. Class Composition 5% 15% 27% 7% 3% 32% 2% 2% 7% Average age Age range Women International students 31 23–50 19% 6% * Placement data not available for graduates of the self-paced MSF. » www.bc.edu/msFcareer s Admission The Boston College MSF Program seeks students with outstanding potential for leadership and academic excellence. While notable for the diversity of their individual achievements, our students all present a consistent record of taking initiative, leading change, and demonstrating a desire to make an impact in the world. how to apply Each candidate must complete an application for admission, which includes transcripts of all academic work, two essays, and two letters of recommendation. Prior work or leadership experience as well as evidence of management potential are significant criteria in the admissions process. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 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