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Master of Science in Finance and Analytics

Santa Clara University's Master of Science in Finance and Analytics (MSFA) program, ranked #27 by TFE Times 2020 Best Master's of Finance Programs, offers the opportunity for a targeted education that prepares students for a dynamic career—whether it’s in corporate finance, investment management, or capital markets. Created by the world-renowned faculty of Leavey School of Business, our innovative curriculum, flexible program duration, and hands-on experiential learning deliver the essential knowledge, skills, and analytical tools to advance your finance career.

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Program Overview

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Calendar check icon 9-16 month full or part-time program duration

People icon Cohort-style course delivery with elective options

Clock icon Evening & Saturday class schedule

Motherboard icon STEM-Designated degree, F1-student visa eligible

Card checklist icon Prerequisites include Calculus, Stats

Briefcase icon Work experience is not required, but may strengthen the application

Fall (September) 2024 applications are due April 1st (scholarship priority) or May 1 (final deadline).


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Average Months of Work Experience: 40

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Leavey’s Graduate Business Career Management provides students and alumni one-on-one career counseling, workshops and webinars, online career tools, resume reviews, and employer engagement events.

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Tuition and Financial Aid


Number of Units
Merit Scholarships
Automatically Considered with GRE or GMAT Score 
Cost per Unit (2023-24) 

*46 units to complete degree for students admitted prior to Fall 2020, For details on payment options and schedules, visit the Bursar's website here  »

All MS students are eligible for merit-based scholarship after enrollment. These scholarships are awarded to the top academically performing students in the programs based on performance. You cannot apply for these scholarships.

In addition, the university offers federal and private loans. Domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents) are eligible both federal and private loans, while international students are eligible only eligible for private loans with or without a creditworthy US cosigner. 

Financial Aid
Federal and Private Loans
The University Financial Aid Office can help in locating and applying for these types of aid. You may visit the staff in Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building; call (408) 551-1000, or email

Federal financial aid is not available for non-US citizens, except in cases where they have attained Permanent Resident status and have made application for citizenship. International students are eligible for scholarships.

Merit Scholarships are automatically considered at the time of application. The majority of merit awards are given to students with a GRE or GMAT score officially submitted, and to students who apply by priority deadlines. Explore all available graduate business scholarships here. 


Students enrolling in our MSFA program have two full-time options; an intensive 9-month or a 16-month program or a flexible, part-time one. MSFA students are required to take 20 units of core classes and 16 units of electives, totaling 36 units.

Calculus 1
3 online courses (or equivalent):

These courses each take around 20-25 hours to complete and we will require proof of completion for them.  Please use personal IDs that will be recognizable (Legal Name, application email, etc).  Students with a grade of B or better in Linear Algebra on an official Undergraduate transcript are exempt from taking the online course.

Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis
Math for Finance and Analytics with R
Database Management System
Data Analytics with Python

Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed.

Business Valuation
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate Finance and Investments
International Investment
International Risk Management
Emerging Company Finance
Emerging Company Finance 2
Behavioral Corporate Finance and Risk Management
Applied Portfolio Management I
Applied Portfolio Management II
Fixed Income
Financial Engineering
Machine Learning
Intro to FinTech
Intro to Time-Series Analysis
Advanced Time-Series Analysis
Analytics for Finance (Panel Data)
Analytics of Optimal Pricing
Reinforcement Learning
Data Visualization
Big Data Modeling and Analytics
Applied Cloud Computing
Mobile Payment and eCommerce Security

Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed.

All MS Students will complete either a Practicum or Capstone project as a part of the graduation requirements.

The PRACTICUM is designed not only to acclimate less experienced students to the rigors and standards expected in the professional workplace but also to plug student into the Silicon Valley network and to allow them to apply what you've learned in the classroom to solve a problem defined by our industry partners. You'll be placed in a team of 4-5 students under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and will work on the project spanning a two-quarter period, with the understanding that you'll commit 5-6 hours per week.

CAPSTONES are designed to be more flexible in terms of availability and also accessibility to our population of working students. You won't be asked to sign an NDA, and there won't be any conflicts of interest with your employer, since the project is not executed with an industry partner. Projects will be completed in groups of 4-5 students under the supervision of a faculty advisor. These projects will be entirely contained in a single quarter, with the understanding that you'll commit 10-12 hours per week to complete your project deliverables. 

MSFA Faculty

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Finance Professor Ye Cai Head Shot


Ye Cai

Finance Professor George Chacko Head Shot


George Chacko

Assistant Professor of Finance Seoyoung Kim

Associate Professor of Finance and Business Analytics, Finance

Seoyoung Kim

Finance Professor Hersh Shefrin Head Shot


Hersh Shefrin

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Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Earn your master’s degree with the Leavey School of Business. As a graduate student, you’ll be able to join in Santa Clara University’s legacy of ethics and innovation while you continue your career.

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Our Masters in Finance and Analytics program prepares you for a career in corporate finance, investments, commercial banking, and even private equity, venture capital and consulting.

Meet with us in an Advising Appointment, visit a class or attend an information session , or view our updated and relevant curriculum as you consider the Masters in Finance and Analytics program that connects best to Silicon Valley. Need more information or have any questions? Contact us at or call us at 1-408-554-4539.

MS Programs Admissions


Brittney Dorow

Assistant Director, MS Programs

Deus C. Do

MS Program Management


Fatima Sheikh


Joshua Rosenthal

Assistant Professor of Management Nydia MacGregor Head Shot


Nydia MacGregor

MSFA Faculty Director

Director MSFA

Dan Trapanier

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