Accelerated Master of Science in Finance for Attorneys, MSF

STEM Designation

The MSF is a graduate degree program with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation. Due to the demand of graduates with expertise in STEM fields, the Department of Homeland Security permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24 month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

Curriculum

12-15 Courses

32-35 Credits

Program Length:

  • Full-time in as few as 9 months

  • Part-time in as few as 21 months

Required Introductory Courses (2 credits)

Must be taken in first semester of program.

SBS-700Unlocking Your Professional Potential

1

FIN-601Introduction to Statistics, Accounting, & Finance Intensive

1

Prerequisite Courses (9 credits)

May be waived.

MBA-615Economics

1.5

MBA-625Managerial Statistics

1.5

MBA-640Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

3

MBA-650Value Based Financial Management

3

Finance Core Courses (15 credits)

FIN-800Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

3

FIN-808General Theory in Corporate Finance

3

FIN-810Investment Analysis

3

FIN-814Options and Futures

3

FIN-818Financial Econometrics

3

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible.

FIN-820Financial Policy

3

Concentration Descriptions and Applicable Elective Courses (9-12 credits)

Choose four (4) elective courses from the approved MSF electives list. Choose three (3) elective courses if some or none of the prerequisite requirements are waived. Courses must be taken on campus, within Sawyer Business School, 800-level or above (exception MBA-740), unless permission to take online is granted by the Academic Director.

Students may declare a concentration in Corporate Finance, Financial Services and Banking, FinTech, Investments or Risk Management. If a concentration in Corporate Finance, Investments or Risk Management is declared, three electives must be in one concentration area.

If a concentration in Financial Services and Banking is declared students must complete FIN-816 and three approved Financial Services and Banking electives. If a concentration in FinTech is declared students must complete ISOM-730, FIN-830, one approved FIN elective and one approved ISOM elective. The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester.

Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor before they declare a concentration.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

Corporate Finance Concentration

Choose three courses from the following list: (9 credits)

FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

Financial Services and Banking Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FinTech Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

ISOM-730Python for Business Analytics

3

Finance Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:
FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

ISOM Elective (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:
ISOM-801Solving Business Problems Using Advanced Excel

3

ISOM-821Data Management and Modeling

3

ISOM-825Enterprise Data Management

3

ISOM-827Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

3

ISOM-835Predictive Analytics

3

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

ISOM-845Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Storytelling

3

Investments Concentration

Choose three courses from the following list: (9 credits)

FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-881Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Risk Management Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

Elective Course: (1 course, 3 credits)

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Approved Finance Electives

Note: Students wishing to take SBS-920 for an elective in the MSF Program must consult with the MSF Advisor for guidance on how to be considered for this option.

London Financial Services Travel Seminar is the only seminar approved as an MSF elective. Any other travel seminar requires MSF Academic Program Director approval.

Electives:

FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-881Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

SBS-920Graduate Internship

0

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Finance Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Demonstrate ability to apply analytical reasoning skills to Finance problems (Analytical Reasoning) 1. Identify the problem and related issues.
2. Identify key assumptions.
3. Generate salient alternatives.
4. Examine the evidence and source of evidence.
5. Identify conclusions, implications, and consequences.
Demonstrate application of finance knowledge even in new and unfamiliar circumstances through conceptual understanding (Knowledge Integration) 1. Acknowledge that the project covers different key functional areas in finance.
2. Display understanding across different key functional areas in finance.
3. Identify the methodologies appropriate to solve the problem.
4. Apply and coordinate the methodologies to get the best solution for the problem.
5. Display understanding of the implications of the solution for each functional area.
6. Demonstrate overall ability to integrate knowledge from the different functional areas.
Apply ethical principles to financial decision making (Ethics) 1. Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct.
2. Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting an ethical dilemma.
3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and take into account the interests of different stakeholders.
4. Understand how business strategies that facilitate “doing good” can be made consistent with profitability.
5. Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal.
6. Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures.
Demonstrate effective oral communication about financial information (Oral Communication) 1. Organize the presentation effectively.
2. Deliver the presentation with attention to volume, clarity, grammatical correctness and precision.
3. Develop the topic.
4. Communicate with the audience.
5. Use communication aids effectively.
6. Summarize the presentation.
Demonstrate effective written communication about financial information (Written Communication): 1. Develop a topic with supporting details.
2. Organize written communication effectively and logically.
3. Use correct word choice and effective sentence structure.
4. Employ normal conventions of spelling and grammar.
5. Provide examples and supporting evidence.
6. Communicate accurate quantitative information.

Waiver Policy

To waive an MSF prerequisite course, a student must successfully complete equivalent coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSF matriculation, with a grade of “B” or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

To substitute an approved elective for an MSF Core Course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSF matriculation, with a “B” or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student’s acceptance into the MSF program. Students may also elect to take a proficiency exam, for a fee, to gain a waiver for prerequisite coursework. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester and are administered on the Boston Campus.

All MSF students must complete a minimum of 32 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer Policy

Any candidate seeking transfer credits, taken at the graduate level from an AACSB-accredited graduate program in business, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These credits may be considered for transfer if the credits do not apply to a previously completed degree.

Transfer credits must have earned a grade of “B” or better and be taken within seven (7) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSF program. However, at the discretion of the MSF program director, MSF required core courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six (6) credits may be considered for transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSF students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. You may be able to transfer in six (6) credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MSF Program close to your new place of residence. Courses must be pre-approved by Suffolk's Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and have a grade of "B" or better.