Online Master of Science in Financial Management Degree

The online Master of Science in Financial Management (MSFM) at Boston University‘s Metropolitan College provides a specialized education in global quantitative finance, including investment analysis and international finance. The program provides a hands-on, immersive financial analytics experience, including a significant amount of statistical analysis, forecasting techniques, and programming, preparing you for leadership roles in modern global finance. Available on campus and online, the Financial Management master‘s program is designed for students seeking careers in corporate finance, financial management, investments, and multinational finance.

The MS in Financial Management offers courses that require data organization, analysis, and visualization to aid financial decision-making and risk management. To prepare you for the analytical and programming curriculum, we also provide several laboratories that cover mathematics and statistics with applications in management, advanced Excel, R, and Python. Additionally, you are encouraged to work on projects and a master thesis involving various aspects of data analysis, using data to extract and present helpful information for financial and investment decision-making. You will use sophisticated tools to design comprehensive visualization of significant organizational trends and prepare convincing presentations.

Metropolitan College is a participant in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This membership acknowledges that our MSFM curriculum embeds a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and covers the Standards of Practice Handbook, offering excellent preparation for the internationally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program exams.

Students in the Master of Science in Financial Management program have the option of choosing a concentration in International Finance or Investment Analysis.

Students who complete the master‘s degree in Financial Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of quantitative analysis in financial management and investment decision-making.
  • Proficiency in application of mathematical and statistical modeling in financial analytics.
  • Mastery in forecasting techniques to the analysis of problems of business organizations and performance.
  • Comprehension of optimization theories and data analytics techniques in portfolio management.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform data organization, analysis, and visualization for financial decision-making.

Awards & Accreditations


AACSB accreditedAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

 

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Financial Management?

  • CFA UAP LogoMET Financial Management programs offer excellent preparation for the internationally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program exams. As part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, MET’s Master of Science in Financial Management curriculum embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and covers the Standards of Practice Handbook.
  • Through our CFA affiliation, scholarships for the CFA Program exam are available to students enrolled in the MS in Financial Management program.
  • Upon acceptance into the MS in Financial Management program, CFA Charterholders may waive two courses (8 credits), including Corporate Finance (MET AD 731) and one elective course, enabling them to earn the degree by completing just 32 credits.
  • The Financial Management program offers the flexibility of online or on-campus study formats, ensuring that students can earn their degree the way that suits them the best.
  • US News & World Report Best Online Programs - Graduate Business 2023In 2023, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #9 among the Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Financial Management master’s is ranked #20 among the Best Online Master’s in Finance Programs by Intelligent Report 2022, and recognized for Best Assistantships.
  • Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The MS in Financial Management program expands upon classic theory taught in traditional MBA courses, providing the insights, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to solve problems in today’s changing financial landscape.
  • Professor Irena Vodenska was the principal investigator for Boston University’s part of the international, multi-institutional “Forecasting Financial Crisis” grant funded by the European Union.

*Chartered Financial Analyst is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Career Outlook

Financial Managers

19% increase in jobs through 2026

$125,080 median annual pay in 2017

Economists

6% increase in jobs through 2026

$102,490 median annual pay in 2017

Financial Analysts

11% increase in jobs through 2026

$84,300 median annual pay in 2017

Financial Examiners

10% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,690 median annual pay in 2017

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

6% increase in jobs through 2026

$63,780 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

The Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Financial Management consists of ten required online courses (40 credits).*

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online master’s in Financial Management to satisfy up to two required courses in an Administrative Sciences graduate certificate program—leaving only two additional courses to be completed in order to receive a graduate-level certificate.

Faculty

Irena Vodenska

Irena Vodenska

Professor of Finance;  Director, Finance Programs; Chair, Administrative Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MBA, Vanderbilt University; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John D. Sullivan

John D. Sullivan

Assistant Dean for Partnerships & Student Success; Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences
PhD, Northeastern University; AM, Harvard University; MBA, Northeastern University; BA, Regis University

Jim Stodder

Jim Stodder

Visiting Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences
PhD, Yale University; MSc, University of Essex; BA, Yale University

 

Bill McGue

Bill McGue

Lecturer, Administrative Sciences; Online Program Coordinator
MS, Boston University; BA, Bentley College

 

 

Ivan Julio

Ivan Julio

Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
PhD, University of New Orleans; MSc, Arizona State University; Licentiate in Economics, National University of Córdoba

San Chee

San Chee

Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MS, Boston University

 

Alexander Becker

Alexander Becker

Visiting Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
PhD, Boston University; Diplom-Physiker, University of Duisburg-Essen

Getting Started

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