MSF Program

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) curriculum offers a unique blend of theory and practice taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach our top-ranked undergraduate and MBA programs.

The curriculum is designed to offer a large amount of flexibility and choice, while providing all students with specific core competencies in key finance areas. Babson’s MSF program provides unusual flexibility among MSF programs: One-half of the credits are required, but the other half can be designed by students based on interests and career paths.​ ​​

Students combine core course learning with five electives of their choice. At least 9 credits (generally three courses) of the elective courses must be finance courses (although all can be). Other courses are in accounting, statistics, or mathematics. Students are encouraged to consult with Finance faculty for advice in choosing courses appropriate to their desired educational and career path. Babson faculty are committed to student success and will provide individualized mentoring throughout the program

Finance core – Take five courses to complete 15 credits

Capital Markets 
Fixed Income 
Corporate Finance: Evaluating Opportunities
Derivatives: Theory and Practice 
Financial Data Analysis and Practice

Finance electives – Choose three courses to complete 9 credits

Risk Management
Corporate Finance: Raising Capital
Financing and Valuing Sustainability
Managing Portfolios
Finance for New Ventures
Investment Banking and Financial Advisory
Financial Decision Tools and Modeling 
Babson College Fund
Financial Trading Strategies
Independent Research in Finance

Sample free electives – Choose two courses to complete 6 credits (additional options may be available)

Up to two Finance electives above not already completed
Economic and Financial Forecasting
Financial Reporting & Statement Analysis
Measuring and Managing Strategic Results
Business Intelligence, Analytics & Visualization
Strategy and Tactics of Pricing 
Financial Statement Analysis for Managers
Data Science and Business Analytics
Management Consulting Field Experience: MSF Projects

Learn more about the curriculum and view course descriptions (pdf) »


Program Highlights

Skill Building and MSF StartUp

Before the program officially begins, you’ll be guided to the preparation you need to be successful in Babson’s dynamic curricular and cocurricular environment. You’ll be introduced to the case method, Babson-style as well as begin your career education journey. The program will begin with the MSF StartUp orientation in late August.

Financial Data Analysis and Practice

Throughout the year, the Financial Data Analysis and Practice core course will blend state-of-the-art database know-how, research methods, and complex problem-solving through an experiential project-based instruction, leveraging the capabilities and facility of the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance. You also will have the opportunity to learn from finance professionals through interactive sessions with guest speakers, research presentations, or panel sessions.

Ethics Practicum

The ethics practicum will provide a dedicated learning opportunity to focus on the importance of integrity, compliance, and ethics across a range of finance-related applications. This signature learning event will kick off the start of the spring semester.

Career Readiness

As the program concludes in May, you'll possess the financial acumen and professional polish needed to hit the ground running in your next job.​ You’ll have the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to pursue exciting opportunities in the world of finance and investments, and you’ll have the confidence you need to add value through your expertise.