Finance – Chicago (MSF)
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Take your financial acumen and leadership to the next level.
If you have quantitative aptitude, a desire to create value and the drive to succeed, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program delivers a high-powered degree amplified by Notre Dame’s legendary education and alumni network. It’s a program based on the values we share, shaping a life-changing vision for business as a strong force for good.
The in-depth, 35.5-credit-hour curriculum delivers specialized financial skills in a rigorous yet manageable one-year format at our downtown Chicago campus. As a working professional committing only to weekend classroom time, you’ll be able to retain a full-time job and earn while you learn.
Our smaller cohort allows you to create personal connections to the renowned Notre Dame finance faculty who teach in the program, many of whom have vast industry experience. The cohort-based program means everyone is advancing toward the same goal and you’ll get valuable discussion from the in-person classes.
You’ll leave Notre Dame with expert financial knowledge, high-level quantitative skills, unparalleled leadership potential and a lifelong network for personal and professional growth.
Highlights: MSF Experience
The accelerating complexity of global finance demands professionals with the absolute latest financial acumen and business savvy. We seamlessly integrate these core objectives into a rigorous, exciting one-year program in the heart of Chicago.
Earn your degree in one year.
The MSF program is designed to fit into your busy schedule and provides returns from day one. Classes meet every-other week in downtown Chicago with three, weeklong intensive sessions on Notre Dame’s famed home campus.
Employ classroom experiences in real-world solutions.
Your year of education finishes with a three-credit-hour capstone course integrating the comprehensive concepts and real-world applications of the MSF program material.
Join an international network of opportunity.
Your business family will grow far beyond Michigan Avenue. You will become part of one of the most extensive and engaged alumni networks in the world, joining more than 144,000 active Notre Dame graduates — all who look out for one another.
A few short years after the undergrad experience, each working professional’s track record and goals are unique. Our commitment is to work with you individually to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to master all current and future career transitions. We provide a full range of services that allow you to customize your personal career development plans for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Professional coaches from Mendoza’s Career Development staff provide a combination of group and individual learning experiences. Conveniently scheduled workshops provide content tailored to segments of students with similar career goals and needs. Personalized Career Mastery Coaching is available as a one-on-one coaching immersion that equips you to navigate any future career decision with clarity, confidence, and conviction.
Coaches guide you to develop your own hard-hitting, targeted, and unique message for the roles you are ideally suited for with our proprietary Career Mastery curriculum of online video-supported content and tools.
Leaders from this select list of companies, and many others, have earned a Notre Dame MSF degree to achieve their own legendary advantage:
Select Companies for MSF Graduates
- Antares Capital
- Aon Hewitt
- Deloitte Consulting
- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Guy Carpenter
- Jones Lang LaSalle
- J.P. Morgan Chase
- Liberty Mutual
- Lockton Investment Advisors
- Northern Trust
- One Equity Partners
- Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
- U.S. Bank
- Willis Towers Watson
Classmates who are experts in their respective fields become your trusted advisers. Faculty who provide insights become your consultants. The alumni network opens doors that were once closed. The intangibles are what make the returns on your investment infinite.
You’ll be able to continue working during the week and team up with a cohort of professionals for class on Fridays and Saturdays in downtown Chicago. You’ll expand your collective wisdom by drawing on one another’s expertise and experience, and discover new approaches to solving business problems.
The classmates in your cohort will become your staunchest allies, from whom you will gain academic, professional and personal support. You’ll also join the Notre Dame family. From the time you start classes, you’ll have the opportunity to attend networking events and connect with your local Notre Dame club to grow your connections. And as a Notre Dame student, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that Notre Dame has to offer, from football games to world-renowned speakers and Mass at the Basilica.
What You’ll Learn: MSF Course of Study
The MSF curriculum emphasizes strategic thinking and the broader view of business problems. Within a cohort structure, you learn in lockstep with your classmates. You’ll progress through concepts together and build upon each other’s strengths as you dive deeper into course content.
Your coursework begins with a deep understanding of Financial Statement Analysis and a grounding in Corporate Finance – great for students both new and experienced. You then proceed into Investment Theory, Financial Statement Forecasting, and Equity Valuation coursework. More complex courses in Derivatives, Fixed Income and Behavioral Finance provide in-depth coverage of rich financial topics.
Your MSF experience culminates with a Mergers & Acquisition capstone integration of financial strategy in a project-based setting. Whether you enter the program with previous financial experience or a fresh quantitative appetite, you’ll learn to create value for any organization by more thoughtfully maximizing return on investment.
You will be challenged by world-class faculty and inspired by accomplished alumni. You will collaborate with students from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds.
Alumnus "I have achieved my long-term career goal a lot sooner than I thought I would."
Academic Director "The accelerating complexity of global finance demands professionals with the absolute latest financial acumen and business savvy. Notre Dame seamlessly integrates these core objectives into a rigorous, exciting one-year Master of Science in Finance program."
Alumna "My objective in getting a MSF was to help take me to the next level, give me the confidence to apply the financial language into what I do currently."
Alumnus "I knew coming in the education was going to be top-tier and practical. The program has absolutely blown me away in exceeding that expectation."
The MSF is designed for working professionals dedicated to advancing their knowledge of the finance industry.
- Priority deadline: November 1, 2019
- Final deadline: March 1, 2020
* Priority applicants receive priority consideration for fellowship awards.
- Prefer active employment or actively seeking employment
- Prefer two years minimum work experience
- For applicants who are employed, demonstrated employer support is necessary
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- U.S. citizenship, permanent resident (green card) status, or other visas that allow for full-time employment in the United States
- For applicants with less than one year of professional experience: strong academic record; relevant professional internships; and, we encourage GMAT/GRE
Tuition & Aid
The Notre Dame MSF offers a competitive price, college-sponsored fellowships and financial aid, meaning any student can put together a plan to participate in the program today.
Tuition and program fees for the MSF program starting in May 2020 are $63,800.
Tuition and program fees include:
- Course instruction
- Educational materials (course materials, text books, software, etc.)
- Lodging and most meals during immersion weeks
- Breakfast and lunch on class days
Please note that tuition and program fees do not include travel expenses or accommodations for non-immersion weeks, nor does it include travel costs to the Chicago campus.
Financing Your Education
Most MSF students finance their education through a combination of Notre Dame sponsored fellowships, external scholarships, personal income or savings and graduate student loans, including both private and federal loan programs.
While some students qualify for corporate financial sponsorship through their employer, it is not required to apply to the program.