Master's in Finance (MSF)

Boston College Carroll School of Management

Program Description

Master's in Finance (MSF)

Boston College Carroll School of Management

Whether you are an experienced or aspiring professional, the MSF program at Boston College will help you deepen your knowledge of finance, and broaden your opportunities within the industry. The BC MSF offers you a comprehensive curriculum grounded in fundamental economic principles to develop specialized knowledge and skills as well as insights into innovative methodologies.

Worldwide, the BC MSF program ranked #17 in the 2015 Financial Times Master's in Finance rankings among pre-experience programs. The Program ranked #2 in the United States. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report ranked the BC MSF #12 among graduate finance programs in 2017.

MSF Academics

The MSF Program at Boston College is designed to meet the diverse needs of finance professionals, recent undergraduates beginning their careers in finance, and mathematicians, economists, engineers, computer scientists, and others who are considering a new career in the world of finance.

Two scheduling options are available:

Full-Time: the full-time option allows you to complete the MSF in one full year of study. Full-time students typically take four classes in each the fall and spring semesters and finish their degrees by taking two classes during the summer.

Part-Time: the part-time option offers a flexible schedule, enabling you to earn your degree while continuing to advance your career. Part-time students take two classes per semester on average. At this pace, the total duration of the program will be approximately 20 months.


The MSF Full-Time Track is a full-time program completed in one full year of study in the Carroll School. Through small class size, you learn in a collaborative environment with remarkable access to our accomplished faculty, while also broadening your network by taking courses with BC MBA and BC MSA students.


As a working professional, the Part-Time MSF offers you the flexibility needed to further your education while advancing your career. You follow the same curriculum as the MSF Full-Time Track, but as a part-time student, you control the intensity of your study based on your personal needs.

MSF Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the BC MSF program. These courses must be taken at an accredited 4-year, not-for-profit, college or university. Courses to satisfy the prerequisites may be taken online.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement. Most students with an MBA or an undergraduate degree in business meet the prerequisites.



Students should have completed a course focused on the development and use of accounting information to evaluate the status and performance of business enterprises. Specifically, students should have a thorough grounding in the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. The course should cover reporting of information for use by persons and institutions outside the enterprise as well as the use of accounting information in managerial decision making.


Students should have completed an introductory course in Calculus covering a brief review of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, followed by a discussion of limits, derivatives, and applications of differential calculus to real-world problem areas. The course concludes with an introduction to integration.


Students should have completed an introductory course in Finance that covers projected financial statements, the time value of money, capital budgeting, financial leverage, security valuation, risk/return, working capital management, and international finance. The course should also cover financial statistical analysis and tools for planning and control.


Students should have completed a course focusing on the analytical tools of statistics that are applicable to management practice. The course should include descriptive statistics and probability and progress to inferential statistics relative to central tendency and dispersion. In addition to basic concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing, the course should include coverage of topics such as analysis of variance, regression, probability, hypothesis testing, Z-scores, P-values, the standard normal distribution, OLS regression, t-statistics, and Chi-square distributions.


The MSF Program also requires that students have a basic understanding of economics. Students must complete undergraduate- or graduate-level coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics before the MSF degree will be conferred. This coursework is not required to start the program.

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Last updated February 14, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
12 - 20 months
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USA - Boston, Massachusetts
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