Lead the way with a degree in Financial Technology from UMSL

In today’s data-driven world, the field of finance is experiencing transformative changes due to advances in financial technology. Fintech is a broad term for technology that aims to automate, improve and structurally shift financial services. Fintech competes with traditional financial methods to produce and deliver financial services faster, cheaper and with greater security. It is a fast-growing field that is redefining the world’s financial landscape for both companies and consumers. It is also providing new, in-demand and high-paying careers for those with advanced knowledge of Fintech.

The Master of Science in Fintech program is designed to build a highly trained Fintech workforce with the knowledge of not only traditional finance modules and data-driven financial modeling and analytics, but also Fintech tools – everything from blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning to mobile payment systems, robo-advising and more.

Master of Science in Fintech

UMSL’s MS in Fintech program is one of only a very few in the country, and stands out from other existing graduate programs in finance because most of these degree programs do not have a direct focus on Fintech. The Fintech program is designed to address a huge new market need, and to provide students with the necessary training to take advantage of ever-increasing opportunities. The 30-credit-hour master’s degree program provides the comprehensive skill sets demanded by industry with a necessary balance of foundational finance, traditional financial mechanisms and modern financial technology courses. Electives allow students to explore additional interests, such as security analysis, financial institutions, venture capital, real estate and others.

 

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Why major in Fintech at UMSL?

Through UMSL's MS in Financial Technology, you'll acquire analytical tools and learn empirical modeling methods that will enable you to identify and maximize on economic trends and elevate your success in the financial sector.

  • The Master of Science in Fintech is earned through our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top two percent of business schools in the world thanks to dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.
  • You’ll learn from highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. They’re not only academics, but business practitioners and active consultants who bridge the classroom with the real world.

What can you do with a Masters in Financial Technology?

MS in Fintech students receive the tools and knowledge that will provide them with fast-track entry into this exciting industry, and into the financial data analytics jobs that are in high demand and which are highly paid. What’s more, those with Fintech skills are also needed in other information-rich environments, such as insurance, medical, regulatory and big-tech firms, as well as startups in the Fintech community.

Employment of financial managers is projected to grow up to 17% to 2030, with a median annual salary of $131,710 according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

131,710

Median annual salary

17

Employment growth by 2030

Career Opportunities

  • Artificial Intelligence Expert
  • Blockchain Developer/Expert
  • Compliance Expert
  • Consultant
  • Cybersecurity Analyst/Expert
  • Data Analytics Specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Analyst/Planner
  • Financial Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Risk and Compliance Reviewer
  • Trust Officer
  • Wealth Manager

 

Admission to the FinTech program requires an undergraduate business degree or another discipline and meeting the prerequisites for the introductory Financial Management Course (FIN 6500).

Admission Requirements

Graduate Business Programs takes a holistic approach when evaluating student applications. Grade point average (GPA), letters of recommendation and professional experience are all considered when making an admissions decision. The GMAT is not required for admission to this program.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) qualify for regular admission. Students may be admitted on a restricted status if their GPA is slightly below 3.0.

For more information on applying to a Graduate Business program, please review the College's Admissions Standards page.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1
Summer semester: May 1

 

Plan of study

The MS in Fintech program is a compact 30-credit hour course of study with classes offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All classes are offered online, and students can pursue the degree full-time or part-time.

Hours
Foundation Course Finance 6500: Financial Management 3
Required Courses Finance 6503: Financial Modeling and Computer Applications 3
Finance 6521: Financial Forensics: The Science of Derivatives 3
Finance 6570: Introduction to Fintech 3
Finance 6572: Financial Data Analytics 3
Finance 6574: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance 3
Finance 6576: Blockchain 3
Finance 6590: Seminar in Finance 3
Electives - Students must take two courses (6 hours) Finance 6520: Security Analysis 3
Finance 6540: Financial Institutions and Markets 3
Finance 6542: Real Estate 3
Finance 6545: Venture Capital and Private Equity 3
Finance 6580: International Financial Management 3

Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Connect with likeminded business students and professionals though one of our student organizations. As a business administration master’s degree candidate, you may be interested in joining one of the following:

  • Black Business Student Association
  • Beta Alpha Psi - Honorary Organization for Accounting, Finance and Information System students and professionals

Career Services - Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Research - There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.