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ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GLOBAL FINANCE

BUILD A CAREER WITH A WORLD-WIDE IMPACT

The online Master of Science in Global Finance program from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business empowers business professionals to gain the specialized skills they need to succeed in today’s international financial services industry. Designed for those who want to build a finance career in the global landscape, the program allows for direct access to industry-connected faculty experts based in NYC, one of the financial capitals of the world.

AACSB-accredited Complete in as few as 12 months
No finance background required GMAT/GRE waiver available
Three start dates offered annually

AACSB-accredited
Complete in as few as 12 months
No finance background required
GMAT/GRE waiver available
Three start dates offered annually

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The online MS in Global Finance is designed for ambitious students who want to gain expertise in the growing and evolving world of global finance. As part of your application, you must provide official transcripts, a letter of recommendation, essays, and a current résumé.

GMAT or GRE scores are required to apply for this program. However, waivers are available for students who meet the GPA and full-time work experience requirements.

You can receive a waiver for the GMAT/GRE score requirement if you:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and less than two years of relevant full-time work experience; or
  • have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher and three or more years of relevant full-time work experience.

Relevant experience refers to applicants who work for a financial institution in any of the following departments/roles: investment/trading/wealth management, economic/financial/data analysis, compliance/risk management/middle office, finance/accounting, sales/marketing/investor relation and product development.

Visit the application requirements page for a full list of items required. Before applying, we also recommend that you visit the tuition and financial aid page to learn more about program costs and financing your education.

PREREQUISTE COURSES

To ensure you are prepared for the academic demands of the program, you must have completed introductory coursework in four key subject areas. Specifically, you must show you have earned a grade of B or higher in the following prerequisite classes:

  • Basics of Accounting
  • Basics of Finance
  • Basics of Statistics
  • Basics of Economics

Completed prerequisite courses should be included on your transcripts and will be evaluated during the application process. Students will be notified whether or not they have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements when they receive an admissions decision.

Students who need to take one or more prerequisite classes may do so either online through the Gabelli School of Business or at another accredited college or university. Any prerequisite courses taken outside of the Gabelli School will require prior review and approval.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The online MS in Global Finance program offers three start dates throughout the year, and the admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. View the table below for upcoming start dates and application deadlines for the program.

Application Deadlines
Program Start Date Early Priority Application Deadline Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
January 2021 September 8, 2020 TBA TBA

If you think you may need to take prerequisite coursework, you are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority application deadline to allow time to complete prerequisites before your desired start date. Students that need to take more than two prerequisite courses may need to defer their start date to complete all prerequisite coursework prior to program enrollment. Connect with an admissions officer to discuss your options.

EARN YOUR MASTER'S IN GLOBAL FINANCE ONLINE FROM FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

An online MS in Global Finance will help you gain the key knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the world of global finance.

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WHY CHOOSE THE GABELLI SCHOOL OF BUSINESS?

Located in the heart of New York City, the Gabelli School of Business is in one of the largest and most dynamic financial capitals of the world. As a student, you’ll connect with—and learn from—experienced, New York City-based faculty who are authorities in today’s modern global finance market. Our online program features many of the same classes as our on-campus program, which was ranked in the top 50 by The Financial Times.1

The Gabelli School also has three finance-specific research centers. Committed to conducting cutting-edge research and disseminating it to the widest possible audience, these centers provide valuable market insights for university peers, working professionals, and Fordham students. These centers also sponsor special events and conferences that encourage collaboration and share faculty work.

  • The Center for Research in Contemporary Finance: focuses on current challenges and developments in the financial industry
  • The Center for Global Security Analysis: promotes investment analysis, including value investing and behavioral finance
  • The Frank J. Petrilli Center for Research in International Finance: supports interdisciplinary collaborations among financial engineers, historians, monetary economists, and legal scholars

A VIBRANT ALUMNI NETWORK

As a graduate of the online MS in Global Finance program, you will have access to ongoing networking opportunities with business leaders in the Gabelli School community.

Joining a talented group of more than 40,000 Gabelli School of Business alumni around the world, you’ll stay connected through in-person events led by faculty, students, and research centers, helping you stay up to date with the business community.

The Gabelli School also offers a variety of on-campus business undergraduate, graduate, and executive degrees. Visit the Gabelli School website to learn more about in-person programs.

CURRICULUM

The online MS in Global Finance curriculum includes corporate finance and investment courses complemented by relevant electives. All of our courses are taught by professors with a combination of research-based expertise and extensive professional experience.

As a student in this program, you will:

  • gain key domain skills, from asset valuation in global financial markets to international financial management and financial econometrics; and
  • analyze financial and economic data by applying data visualization and using programming languages such as Python and Matlab.

INTERNSHIPS

All students must complete six internship credits to earn their master’s in global finance degree. Three credits will be fulfilled by the program’s required residency. You can fulfill the remaining three credits by:

  • requesting a waiver if you have a minimum of two years of relevant past or present full-time work experience;
  • participating in a traditional internship; or
  • taking an additional elective course.

RESIDENCIES

As part of the program, students will participate in a three-day residency experience in New York City, where they will hear from business leaders and network with students and faculty who have worked for some of the world’s most esteemed companies. The residency is part of our whole-person approach to education, which fosters critical thinking about your goals, values, and career.

The residency is required and fulfills three of the six required internship credits.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The online MS in Global Finance program can be completed in as few as 12 months. Students will take 36 credits over four terms, which includes up to six internship credits. Each term is 10 weeks long. Each course includes one weekly live class which will take place on weekdays at either 6 p.m. ET or 8 p.m. ET. Class start times may vary. Before students can begin the program, they must fulfill four prerequisite course requirements.

Our terms are Fall, Spring, Summer 1, and Summer 2. Start dates are available in each term except Summer 2.

All students will take the following five core courses required for the MS in Global Finance program:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Global Investment Principles
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Modeling

Students will have several options for electives; examples include:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Emerging Markets
  • Global Equity Portfolio Management
  • Introduction to Financial Data and Analytics
  • Machine Learning for Finance
  • Research Seminar
  • Sustainability Reporting and Finance

To learn more about the curriculum, please refer to our course descriptions.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FORDHAM'S ONLINE
GLOBAL FINANCE CURRICULUM

Speak to an admissions officer to learn how our online courses will prepare you to build a robust career in global finance.

CAREER OUTLOOK

Graduates of the MS in Global Finance program can pursue a wide variety of career paths, including the following:

  • Investment banking
  • Asset management
  • Risk management
  • Corporate finance

16% Estimated Annual Growth Rate for Financial Managers from 2018–20282

FACULTY

As a student in this program, you will learn directly from accomplished Fordham University faculty with significant experience in business-related research, as well as in the finance industry. As New York City-based experts, they have access to some of the world’s leading organizations and finance professionals.

MEET OUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Michael Cheah

Program Director

Michael Cheah is the clinical associate professor and program director for the collaborative and online MS in Global Finance programs at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business. He is the 2017 recipient of the Gabelli School of Business graduate-level Stanley Fuchs Award and the graduate-level Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence.

With more than 30 years of market experience in the financial industry, Professor Cheah has held positions as the executive vice president of Capital Position, the senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corp., and the head of the U.S. Bond Division, Markets, and Investment Department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Professor Cheah received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Science degree from London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow and a Monetary Authority of Singapore postgraduate scholarship recipient. He is a chartered financial analyst and financial risk manager.

Michael Cheah is the clinical associate professor and program director for the collaborative and online MS in Global Finance programs at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business. He is the 2017 recipient of the Gabelli School of Business graduate-level Stanley Fuchs Award and the graduate-level Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence.

With more than 30 years of market experience in the financial industry, Professor Cheah has held positions as the executive vice president of Capital Position, the senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corp., and the head of the U.S. Bond Division, Markets, and Investment Department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Professor Cheah received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Science degree from London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow and a Monetary Authority of Singapore postgraduate scholarship recipient. He is a chartered financial analyst and financial risk manager.

FEATURED FACULTY

An Yan, PhD

Professor

An Yan received his PhD in finance from Boston College and his undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University, China. His main research interest is in theoretical and empirical corporate finance. Professor Yan has published his research in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and other significant academic outlets.

An Yan received his PhD in finance from Boston College and his undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University, China. His main research interest is in theoretical and empirical corporate finance. Professor Yan has published his research in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and other significant academic outlets.

Yusif Simaan, PhD

Professor

Yusif Simaan holds a PhD from Baruch College of the City University of New York; a master’s from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology; and a BA from Haifa University in Israel. Professor Simaan has served as an expert witness on algorithmic trading issues; offered consulting expertise to the Electronic Traders Association and Automated Trading Desk, Citi Bank, AQR, and other hedge funds; and won best-paper honors from Open Economies Review.

Yusif Simaan holds a PhD from Baruch College of the City University of New York; a master’s from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology; and a BA from Haifa University in Israel. Professor Simaan has served as an expert witness on algorithmic trading issues; offered consulting expertise to the Electronic Traders Association and Automated Trading Desk, Citi Bank, AQR, and other hedge funds; and won best-paper honors from Open Economies Review.

N.K. Chidambaran, PhD in Finance

Associate Professor

N.K. Chidambaran earned both his PhD and master’s from New York University and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, and risk management, and he does research in corporate finance and financial derivatives. Professor Chidambaran’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Derivatives, and the Financial Analysts Journal, as well as in books and as part of conference proceedings. He has made presentations at major academic conferences.

N.K. Chidambaran earned both his PhD and master’s from New York University and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, and risk management, and he does research in corporate finance and financial derivatives. Professor Chidambaran’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Derivatives, and the Financial Analysts Journal, as well as in books and as part of conference proceedings. He has made presentations at major academic conferences.

Paul McNelis, PhD in Economics

Robert Bendheim Professor of Economic & Financial Policy

Paul McNelis began his career at Georgetown University in 1977 after completing theological studies leading to ordination in the Society of Jesus in 1977 and his PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He has worked with various international development organizations in Washington as well as with central banks around the world, most recently the Bank of Finland's Institute for Transition Economies and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. As an educator with experience as a visiting professor at universities in Europe, South America, and Asia, Professor McNelis has offered short courses on machine learning methods in finance and has written on computational methods for dynamic open economies, related to problems of financial instability and economic growth.

Paul McNelis began his career at Georgetown University in 1977 after completing theological studies leading to ordination in the Society of Jesus in 1977 and his PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He has worked with various international development organizations in Washington as well as with central banks around the world, most recently the Bank of Finland's Institute for Transition Economies and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. As an educator with experience as a visiting professor at universities in Europe, South America, and Asia, Professor McNelis has offered short courses on machine learning methods in finance and has written on computational methods for dynamic open economies, related to problems of financial instability and economic growth.

Barbara Porco

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Porco is the recipient of:

  • Fordham University’s prestigious Bene Merenti Medal
  • 2019 National Innovation in Auditing & Assurance Education Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • 2017 National Teaching Innovation Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • 2010 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Excellence in Teaching Award for KPMG’s Ethical Compass
  • National Outstanding Faculty Award by Beta Alpha Psi
  • Gabelli Dean’s Net Impact Award
  • 2017 Gabelli Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Porco is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA and certified in Corporate Sustainability Management from Harvard University. She has been ranked nationally in the Top 50 Researchers in Accounting Education by the American Accounting Association.

Dr. Porco is the director of Fordham’s Center for Professional Accounting Practices (CPAP), which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among accounting, auditing, tax, and forensics professionals, as well as business and legal scholars. Under her leadership, CPAP launched a partnership with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) to educate the next generation of business leaders and embed sustainability accounting into best practices at companies and investment organizations alike.

With more than 30 years in academia as well as vast experience in accounting and finance, Dr. Porco serves as a valuable resource for students who want to improve their accounting literacy and learn more about sustainable accounting practices.

Dr. Porco is the recipient of:

  • Fordham University’s prestigious Bene Merenti Medal
  • 2019 National Innovation in Auditing & Assurance Education Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • 2017 National Teaching Innovation Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • 2010 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Excellence in Teaching Award for KPMG’s Ethical Compass
  • National Outstanding Faculty Award by Beta Alpha Psi
  • Gabelli Dean’s Net Impact Award
  • 2017 Gabelli Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Porco is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA and certified in Corporate Sustainability Management from Harvard University. She has been ranked nationally in the Top 50 Researchers in Accounting Education by the American Accounting Association.

Dr. Porco is the director of Fordham’s Center for Professional Accounting Practices (CPAP), which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among accounting, auditing, tax, and forensics professionals, as well as business and legal scholars. Under her leadership, CPAP launched a partnership with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) to educate the next generation of business leaders and embed sustainability accounting into best practices at companies and investment organizations alike.

With more than 30 years in academia as well as vast experience in accounting and finance, Dr. Porco serves as a valuable resource for students who want to improve their accounting literacy and learn more about sustainable accounting practices.

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD YOUR
GLOBAL FINANCE CAREER?

THE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Fordham’s online master’s in global finance program is specifically designed to enable you to achieve your goals as well as connect with—and learn from—industry experts, without having to relocate. As a student of this program, you will:

  • participate in live, seminar-style online classes taught by Fordham faculty and complete interactive coursework available through a mobile app;
  • connect with dedicated academic and student success advisors who will support your development, as well as a valuable national network, filled with professors and peers from across the country;
  • have the opportunity to attend school-sponsored events, including presentations and talks with industry leaders; and
  • receive complimentary membership to WeWork worldwide—WeWork is a global network of workspaces in more than 20 countries; you can use any WeWork location to study or collaborate with local students.
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