Program in Finance Graduate School of Management Clark University

Program in Finance Graduate School of Management Clark University

Worcester, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
June 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Top Finance Graduate Program

The Clark Graduate School of Management master's in finance program integrates an understanding of the complexities of management - such as making decisions without complete information, ethical issues - with strong finance and quantitative skills. Students combine theory and practice through rigorous case study analysis, extensive use of software, team-based courses and close working relationships with research and practitioner faculty.

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), GSOM has also been named a Best Business School by the "Princeton Review." Graduates work all over the world for companies including

- Barclays Bank

- Fidelity Investments

- PricewaterhouseCoopers

- World Bank


- Blue Man Group

- Reebok International

Exciting Finance Internships

In addition to completing coursework, students have ample opportunities to gain hands-on skills by putting theory into practice. Through an internship, students have the chance to effect real change at an organization and in the community. This may be in a role as a research associate with a local or national company such as:

- Morgan Stanley

- Deloitte

- Cutler Capital Management

- Unum

Students typically complete internships in Worcester, Boston, and the surrounding areas during the academic year. During the summer, students can pursue international internships in locations such as Kanagawa, Japan; Mumbai, India; and Lagos, Nigeria.

Opportunities for Research and Professional Development

Students have opportunities to partner with faculty on cutting-edge research projects. Thanks to the Hausrath fund, which was established by an alumnus, William Hausrath `53, to support student development, MSF students can use funds to take part in educational opportunities and professional development on and off campus, including finance conferences in Boston and New York.

All GSOM students at Clark University have access to the Stevenish Career Management Center, which provides a variety of networking, advising, and career support services such as resume and cover letter assistance; mentoring; workshops; and access to career fairs.

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is home to several finance- and business-related graduate student organizations, such as the GSOM Student Council; the GSOM Finance Association; and Clark Women in Business.

MSF Coursework and Elective Options

In this cohort-based program, students take all required classes during the day with the same group of students. Over three or four semesters, students take 10 courses, a professional internship (waived in special circumstances), and two electives. Students also take Career Training Cohort class.

Courses aren't just lecture settings. We focus on case studies and working in teams. Students have the opportunity to take an Investment Fund Course, in which they collaborate to manage an equity portfolio on behalf of the Clark University endowment. In the course, they conduct industry, economic and company research to inform investing decisions and decide to buy, hold and sell positions.

As students advance through intensive coursework, they focus on valuing stocks, evaluating and managing financial risk and learning skills to develop and manage securities portfolios. Embodying our school's mission, classes incorporate topics of ethics and social responsibility. For example, in the Cases in Derivatives course, a sophisticated financial engineering case is used to address corporate social responsibility issues, primarily in terms of stakeholder vs. shareholder welfare. In the Fixed Income Securities class, we review the present value of the costs of global warming.

The MSF and MBA Dual-Degree Program

The dual MBA and master of science in Finance program in Clark's Graduate School of Management is ideal for students who want to combine in-depth finance expertise with a broad foundation in global business theory and practice. Students gain the same deep understanding of global finance and business management as you would by earning the two degrees individually, but in substantially less time.

Over two-and-a-half to three years, students take 19 to 22 courses, depending on how many courses are waived. Students can begin by studying either business or finance.

Distinguished Faculty Members with Diverse Research Interests

Teaching is a team effort among faculty, who are focused on helping students move through the program. You learn financial management strategies from research active and practice oriented faculty (not teaching assistants) who are true experts in the finance field. They publish in top journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Derivatives, The Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Journal and Advances in Econometrics.

Our MSF professors are noted for their expertise in nontraditional trading strategies used by major investors. This helps you build the skills required to enter rapidly growing fields such as hedge fund investments and private equity.

Our faculty are experts in complex strategies employed by hedge funds and investment banks. More specifically: Derivative trading strategies. Credit strategies. Complex bond strategies. Quantitative stock selection.

They are passionate about mentoring, sharing their wealth of professional and academic experience and supporting your professional career goals.

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisite Coursework

To be considered for admission into the MSF or the dual MSF and MBA degree programs at Clark University, each student must submit an application and fee; a personal statement; a resume; 2 letters of recommendation; and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students must also submit GMAT or GRE scores. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees, M.D. degrees, or J.D. degrees from accredited universities are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores.

Students from all academic backgrounds may apply to the MSF or dual MSF and MBA programs.

Financial Aid at Clark University

The Graduate School of Management offers generous merit-based tuition scholarships to qualified students. Competitive candidates for scholarships have strong academic credentials, test scores, leadership abilities and potential for professional success. All GSOM students can apply for graduate assistantships, which pay hourly wages for providing teaching and/or research support to faculty.

A Thriving City with Classic New England Charm

Clark is located in historic Worcester, Massachusetts, in the northeastern region of the United States. Worcester, a city of approximately 180,000 residents, offers the intimacy of a small town and the resources of a big city. Plus, it's only an hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and 3 hours from New York City. This places students in close proximity to a myriad of cultural, educational, employment, and entertainment opportunities.

Location & Contact

Program in Finance

Graduate School of Management
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Dr. Catherine Usoff


Phone: 508-793-8822
Fax: 508-793-8822

Mr. Patrick Oroszko

Enrollment and Marketing Director

Phone: 508-793-8822
Fax: 508-793-8822

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Finance And Banking Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 92
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


88% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 725
    • Accepted 639
    • Acceptance Rate 88
    • Enrolled 100
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 31
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students196
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students196
    • Part-time Percentage1%
    • Full-time Percentage99%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown16%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMarketing, accounting, human resource management, management information systems, business finance
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported