Finance Master of Science

Unlock the world of finance, encompassing corporate finance, investment management, banking, insurance, consulting and more. Having learned financial theories of risk, return and valuation, and how to apply them to solve diverse problems, a wide range of career options are available to you as a graduate in finance.

The Masters of Science in Finance program at Saunders is designed specifically to prepare you to take the CFA exam. The Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) credential is the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. International students qualify to apply for a F-1 STEM OPT work extension which can extend their total work eligibility up to 3 years.

At Saunders you will be backed by a Financial Advisory Board of industry professionals that works to ensure excellence in Finance. By joining the Finance Management Association club, you will participate in managing a real investment portfolio.

As part of RIT, founded in 1829, the program benefits from a rich tradition of strong corporate relationships, professors with industry experience, and an applied focus. With one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs at RIT, Saunders delivers employer satisfaction as demonstrated by a 95% outcomes rate.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College graduate programs are recognized by national and international rankings, including QS Global MBA Rankings. The Princeton Review recognized Saunders as a Best Business School of 2021. TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders #29 for Masters of Financial EngineeringEduniversal 2021 recognized Saunders #30 in Best Masters in Corporate Finance, with its MS in Finance program #83 in Best Masters in Financial Markets, with its MS in Computational Finance program.

Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by Saunders College graduate programs and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

STEM-OPT VISA Eligible

International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International (F-1) students receiving a STEM designated graduate degree may apply for a 24-month F1 STEM OPT work extension. This extension follows the one-year OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

Explore F-1 STEM OPT Qualified Graduate Programs

These Master of Science (MS) programs deliver specialized business skills for high-demand careers and are F1 STEM OPT qualified to allow international students to work up to 24-months after graduation.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Create your brand to achieve success
Access courses from across all of the RIT colleges to create your own concentration or choose electives. STEM-designated to deliver a technology-focused degree with the flexibility to choose specializations across all nine RIT Colleges.

MS of Accounting and Analytics
360 degrees of business success
The one degree that opens the door to succeed in any business.

MS of Business Analytics
Generate insight and boost profit

Master data analytics to manage data and drive business results.

MS of Computational Finance
The rocket scientists of wall street
Technology, math and business join forces in an exciting degree.

MS of Finance
Deliver financial confidence and inspire success
Applied, real-world experience to manage assets and investments.

MS of Global Supply Chain Management
Become an engineer of business in the global supply chain system
Gain a competitive edge in a high-demand market.

MS of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
The next generation of makers and doers
Identifying today's problems to deliver tomorrow's solutions.

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"The analytical, deductive nature of the program creates financial professionals who can adapt to dynamic changes in the deregulated financial industry and its dramatic growth in investment options. Its courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exam."

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