Feb 25, 2024
Offered by the Department of Finance, the Master of Science in Finance offers advanced financial instruction that provides a strong conceptual understanding of finance and develops students’ analytical abilities. Candidates come with interests in such areas as corporate finance, investments, international finance, and financial institutions. Students choose one of two concentrations: Financial and Risk Management or Investment Analysis.
In addition to satisfying the residency requirements for M.S. programs (see below), students admitted into the M.S in finance program should have completed appropriate college-level course work in financial accounting (3 s.h.), microeconomics (3 s.h.), and macroeconomics (3 s.h.). Students lacking one or more of these admission requirements will be able to satisfy them by taking courses at Hofstra (which will not count toward the program requirements). Specifically, students not satisfying the accounting requirement must take ACCT 203, and students not satisfying the economics requirement must take ECO 200. Students who do not satisfy the residency requirement for statistics must take the statistics workshop, MBA 204W, and QM 203.
M.S. in finance students are encouraged to complete Bloomberg Essentials prior to completion of their degree. No degree credit is given for Bloomberg Essentials, nor is tuition charged. Students who would like additional information should contact the department chairperson.
Requirements for M.S. Programs
Residency workshops cover library information resources, calculus for business applications, information technology, and statistics for business applications respectively. Full-time students must complete them during the first semester in which they begin. Part-time students must complete them within the first two semesters. Documentation of completion must be submitted to the Graduate Programs Office in order for students to register for the subsequent semester. The calculus for business applications, information technology, and statistics for business applications workshops may be satisfied through previous equivalent undergraduate or graduate course work taken within a specific time frame with a B or better grade at an accredited college or university or through satisfactory performance on a proficiency examination administered by the appropriate department within the Zarb School of Business. Students will receive with their letter of admission information about which residency requirements, if any, have been met through prior course work.
The following Library Information Resources Workshop is required of all students: (No credit)
The following Workshops may be required depending upon academic preparation: (No credit)
*English Proficiency Requirement is for international students
In addition, newly admitted international students are required to take an English placement exam during fall and spring orientation. The exam consists of a short writing task on a topic of general interest and a standardized test including listening comprehension, grammar and reading comprehension. Results are reviewed and students are interviewed by the Hofstra English Language Program (ELP) faculty, who make the decision as to what, if any, ELP class the student should take. All international students who are placed in the ELP class must complete the course during the first semester in which they begin an M.B.A. program and must receive a grade of P (Pass). The ELP class will carry no credit. A fee equivalent to 2.0 s.h. is charged for this course. A grade of P (pass) is required or the course has to be repeated the following semester. The same fee equivalent will be charged for the repeated course.
Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 30
See Requirements for M.S. Programs (above).
Students choose one of the following concentrations:
Concentration in Financial and Risk Management
Two of the following courses, selected under advisement, 6 s.h.
Concentration in Investment Analysis
Three of the following courses, selected under advisement - Semester Hours: 9