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Master of Science in Finance and Analytics

Skills to Drive Change in the Silicon Valley

Explore Santa Clara's Master's in Finance and Analytics Program

 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.

Program Overview


9 and 16-month full-time/part-time
Program Duration
Cohort style with
elective options
Course Delivery
Evening and
Saturday classes
Class Schedule
F1-Student Visa


Class Profile


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Average GPA


Average GMAT


Average GRE


Average Months of Work Experience: 40


Tuition and Financial Aid


Number of Units
Merit Scholarships
Cost per Unit (2022-23) 

*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.

All applicants to an MS program are considered for a scholarship if they submit their completed application by the posted deadline. Awards are based on professional accomplishments and outstanding scholarship as demonstrated in collegiate transcripts, GMAT or GRE score and recent coursework. The Graduate Business Office does not award need-based scholarships.


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. 

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

Number of units required: 20 core and 16 electives (36 units total).

We require all students to finish three online courses (or equivalent) prior to the start of the program: linear algebra, introduction to R, and introduction to Python.

These courses each take around 20-25 hours to complete and we will require certificate of completions 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.  

Below is the list of the core classes and elective options.

MSFA course descriptions here » 

MSFA Graduate Bulletin here »


Calculus 1

3 online courses (or equivalent): linear algebra, introduction to R, and introduction to Python 1

Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis
Math for Finance and Analytics with R

Database Management System



Data Analytics with Python

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


Industry Practicum/Independent Study

MSFA Faculty


Ye Cai


George Chacko

Associate Professor of Finance and Business Analytics, Finance

Seoyoung Kim


Hersh Shefrin

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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

Assistant Director, MS Admissions

Alex Bass McBride

MS Program Management

Senior Assistant Dean, Graduate Business Programs

Nydia MacGregor

Senior Director, MS Programs

Ramie Fernandez

MSFA Faculty Director

Director MSFA

Seoyoung Kim

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