Master of Science in Finance
The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) curriculum offers a unique blend of theory and practice taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach our top-ranked undergraduate and MBA programs.
The curriculum is designed to offer a large amount of flexibility and choice, while providing all students with specific core competencies in key finance areas. Babson’s MSF program provides unusual flexibility among MSF programs: One-half of the credits are required, but the other half can be designed by students based on interests and career paths.
Students combine core course learning with five electives of their choice. At least 9 credits (generally three courses) of the elective courses must be finance courses (although all can be). Other courses are in accounting, statistics, or mathematics. Students are encouraged to consult with Finance faculty for advice in choosing courses appropriate to their desired educational and career path. Babson faculty are committed to student success and will provide individualized mentoring throughout the program. While we welcome candidates from all undergraduate backgrounds such as business, economics, engineering, liberal arts, and many others, MSF candidates should have a demonstrated educational or practical foundation in financial accounting, finance, statistics, and microeconomics. If you would like to confirm that a course satisfies MSF prerequisite requirements, please email the course description, as well as a copy of your transcript and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance core – Take five courses to complete 15 credits
Corporate Finance: Evaluating Opportunities
Derivatives: Theory and Practice
Financial Data Analysis and Practice
Finance electives – Choose three courses to complete 9 credits
Corporate Finance: Raising Capital
Financing and Valuing Sustainability
Finance for New Ventures
Investment Banking and Financial Advisory
Independent Research in Finance
Sample free electives – Choose two courses to complete 6 credits (additional options may be available)
Up to two Finance electives above not already completed
Economic and Financial Forecasting
Financial Reporting & Statement Analysis
Measuring and Managing Strategic Results
Business Intelligence, Analytics & Visualization
Strategy and Tactics of Pricing
Management Consulting Field Experience: MSF Projects
Learn more about the curriculum and view course descriptions (pdf)
Skill Building and MSF StartUp
Before the program officially begins, you’ll be guided to the preparation you need to be successful in Babson’s dynamic curricular and cocurricular environment. You’ll be introduced to the case method, Babson-style as well as begin your career education journey. The program will begin with the MSF StartUp orientation in late August.
Financial Data Analysis and Practice
Throughout the year, the Financial Data Analysis and Practice core course will blend state-of-the-art database know-how, research methods, and complex problem-solving through an experiential project-based instruction, leveraging the capabilities and facility of the
Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance. You also will have the opportunity to learn from finance professionals through interactive sessions with guest speakers, research presentations, or panel sessions.
The ethics practicum will provide a dedicated learning opportunity to focus on the importance of integrity, compliance, and ethics across a range of finance-related applications. This signature learning event will kick off the start of the spring semester.
As the program concludes in May, you'll possess the financial acumen and professional polish needed to hit the ground running in your next job. You’ll have the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to pursue exciting opportunities in the world of finance and investments, and you’ll have the confidence you need to add value through your expertise.