Finance MS

About the Finance MS at Loyola

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business provides you with the necessary foundation in financial principles, analytical skills, and agile thinking it takes to thrive in today’s constantly shifting global financial landscape.

This respected finance degree is built upon a graduate learning experience that links historical and contemporary theory with professional practice and vital industry connections. The program is guided by esteemed faculty and a Financial Advisory Board composed of accomplished leaders in business and industry, helping to ensure the curriculum — and ultimately your master’s in finance — is relevant, current, and on the cutting edge.

Program Structure

The MSF degree is a 12-course program with nine required courses and three electives. Additional prerequisite courses may also be required, depending on your academic background.

The program is offered on a 10-week quarter system, and you can begin the program in the Fall or Spring. Full-time students typically complete the MS in Finance in approximately 12 months, depending on the pace you choose and the number of prerequisites that may be required. The finance degree can also be pursued on a part-time basis.

Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and the majority of the courses are offered in-person.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your MS in Finance?

A nationally ranked graduate school experience

As a nationally ranked business school with a tradition of academic excellence, Quinlan’s MS in Finance offers you a graduate degree that commands respect worldwide and brings an outstanding return on investment.

Our program prepares you to succeed in any number of business fields including risk management, asset management, and corporate finance; and in such settings as corporate treasuries, investment banks, insurance companies, and large nonprofits.

Quinlan is among just five percent of business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards of AACSB international accreditation, and the MS in Finance program has STEM designation as well as top industry partnerships with CFA, CAIA, and GARP

Our faculty bring extensive real-world industry experience, are proven researchers in their respective specialty areas, and are seasoned instructors both on-site and online, providing you with the best possible guidance and mentorship

Quinlan’s Business Career Services team maintains strong relationships with companies throughout Chicago, providing you with an inside track to distinctive internship, research, and hands-on learning opportunities.

You will be able to forge meaningful connections and build a valuable peer network through a variety of active student organizations, such as the Graduate Business Student Association, Graduate Women in Business, and the Rambler Investment Fund.

With more than 30,000 alumni and representation in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area, Quinlan offers you a massive network of professional connections that will pay dividends throughout your career in finance.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Quinlan School of Business faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Finance MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Finance MS program may vary from quarter to quarter, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Finance MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Finance MS totals $60660.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,685.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Quinlan School of Business Scholarships

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

The Quinlan School of Business automatically considers each student admitted into Quinlan’s Next Generation MBA and MS programs for a Dean's Merit Scholarship. Eligibility is determined through a holistic review at the time of admission.

Graduate Business Student Scholarship

The Graduate Programs Office at Loyola University Chicago awards scholarships to Quinlan graduate students who demonstrate proven academic success and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please visit the Scholarships page on the Quinlan School of Business website for more detailed information about scholarships.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Finance MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: July 15
Spring: January 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Finance MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Resume/CV

Prerequisite Course Requirements

This program requires preparation courses before beginning the curriculum, but students who have not completed the designated courses may be admitted to the program and take additional courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Learn more about the Finance MS curriculum and prerequisite courses on the Finance MS Academic Catalog page.

Statement of Purpose Details

Recommended for applicants with a cumulative GPA under 3.0 and for applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application is weak, the personal statement provides the admission committee with more insight on your candidacy.

Please discuss how Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business degree program and our focus on responsible leadership will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Your statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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