Niagara University Launches M.S. Program in Finance

February 19, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University is set to launch a new master’s degree program intended to provide students with a rigorous, advanced course of study in the areas of corporate finance, investments and financial planning.

Offered through Niagara’s AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration, the M.S. in finance program requires completion of 12 graduate-level courses (36 credits), and can be completed within one year, with evening and Saturday classes offered.

Students completing the program will be qualified to work at banks, investment management firms, consulting firms, investment banks, and financial planning firms.

Applications are being accepted immediately, with classes slated to begin this fall.

The program is suitable for:

  • Recent undergraduates hoping to embark on careers in finance with additional preparation.
  • Graduates in quantitative disciplines such as science, math or engineering who want to prepare for careers in finance.
  • Students interested in obtaining the CFA charter or CFP certification.
  • International students interested in studying in the U.S.
  • Working professionals looking to add relevant financial analysis skills.

Niagara University will continue to offer a finance concentration through its master of business administration (MBA) program, which is ranked among the best in the world by CEO Magazine.

“The M.S. in finance is really geared toward those individuals who possess some background in finance, economics, accounting, mathematics or science, and are looking to take their careers to the next level,” stated Dr. Daniel Tompkins, chair of NU’s economics and finance departments and director of the new M.S. program. “This is a profession that meets a tremendous need in the marketplace and presents great opportunities for lucrative careers.”

Eight required classes provide a thorough foundation in the field of finance, with the ability to choose four electives in two tracks, based on a student’s desired career path.

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) track is built on the CFA Level 1 curriculum and prepares students for careers in financial and investment management for institutions, and is recognized by the CFA Institute.

The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) program focuses on money management for personal finance. As a result of Niagara University’s achievement as a recognized education provider by the CFP Board of Standards, students are eligible to sit for the certified financial planner exam.

The master’s program will utilize the advanced analytical capabilities of the Niagara University Financial Services Laboratory. In this environment, students have access to financial databases and software analysis tools found in the financial workplace. In addition to the theoretical coursework, students gain experience through the management of real money investment portfolios.

For more information, please call 716.286.8157 or email ude.aragainnull@tld.