The Bentley University Masters in Finance program has been around for a long time now and is one of the handful of Boston based MSF programs. The University has made a number of updates and changes since I last posted and I think all of you might be interested in what is going on here. I am routinely asked about this program, owing to its longevity and people’s desire to study and work in Boston so I thought it was overdue that I write more about this great program. Enjoy!
Being STEM Certified is almost a must for all MSF programs and the Bentley University Masters in Finance is no exception. The program has rolled out a new 12 course quantitative finance path that is STEM certified. This path will have a mathematical and capital markets focus. It should appeal to students interested in risk analysis, risk management, compliance, investment, and financial technology. If students do not have the required quant background, they may be required to take up to 4 financial foundation courses.
Bentley provides some information on career outcomes that I think is helpful. A full placement report would obviously be ideal, but any amount of information is always positive. The program touts 100% Job Placement Rate for International Students and 85% Job Placement Rate for Domestic Students. This is impressive, but with one caveat – this is based on 44% of students reporting.
Average salary is over $96,000, which is one of the higher salary figures that I have seen. Top hiring firms include:
- Liberty Mutual
- Eastern Bank
- The Walt Disney Corporation
- Hanover Insurance Group
The Bentley University Masters in Finance program has a standard admissions process with the exception that GMAT and GRE requirements may be waived for qualified applicants. I cannot find the definition of this, but I would imagine students coming in with high GPA’s or strong work experience would probably fit this definition. Other than this, students need transcripts, letters of recommendation, two essays and TOFEL (for international students).
Applications rounds are firing up as we speak. Below is the application cycle for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019:
Fall (Full-Time and Part-Time)
- November 1: Early Action
- December 1: Round 1
- January 20: Round 2
- March 15: Round 3
- May to August: Rolling Admission*
Spring (Full-Time and Part-Time)
- October 1: Priority
- October to December: Rolling admission*
*Students seeking visas for the fall should apply by July 1; Students seeking visas for the spring should apply by November 1.
- The Bentley University MSF program is a academic partner with the Global Association of Risk Professionals(GARP) for their Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. It is also part of the CFA University Recognition Program.
- Roughly $1 million student run investment portfolio that MSF students can join.
- Full-Time and Part-Time options.
- State of the Art Trading Room that includes relevant financial software and systems, including 24 Bloomberg terminals, ThomsonOne Analytics, CapitalIQ, Bond Tutor, Factset, Morningstar Direct, and S&P Compustat, and much more.
- Tuition for the 10-course Masters in Finance program is $46,200 (as of October 2018). The STEM Certified 12-course option will be more.
I hope this helps anyone considering the Bentley University Masters in Finance program. I will reach out to admissions and see if I can get a student review or any additional information for everyone. Until then, keep checking back!
Here is a link to the Bentley University Masters in Finance program