Kickstart your career with a master’s in fintech from UMSL

The financial world is rapidly changing, requiring advanced degrees, knowledge and expertise in new and emerging financial technologies. At UMSL, you can tailor your STEM-designated master’s degree in fintech to your interests through elective courses, with options to study investments, real estate, financial markets, venture capital, international finance and others. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to join the highly trained fintech workforce and build a successful career in financial technology.

Here, we provide you with a financial technology master’s degree that covers not only traditional finance modules and data-driven financial modeling and analytics, but also fintech tools such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, mobile payment systems, robo-advising and more.

Why should you pursue a master’s degree in fintech?

It’s no secret that well-trained fintech professionals are in high demand. Financial institutions have been heavily investing in modernizing their infrastructure, incorporating big-data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other fintech tools into their operations.

As the quantity and the usage of such technologies continues to increase, so, too, will the number of jobs in fintech, as companies seek professionals with the credentials and know-how to carry out the work.

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Why Earn Your Degree in Fintech at UMSL?

UMSL’s internationally recognized College of Business Administration is ranked among the top two percent of business schools worldwide thanks to our dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. Our fintech master’s degree program will provide you with a comprehensive skillset the industry demands through:

  • Experiential learning opportunities. As you complete courses online, we’ll provide you with a license to use the Refinitiv Workspace platform, access to a trading room on campus that’s equipped with a state-of-the-art computing system and real-time financial data, internships through partnerships with many financial institutions and more.
  • Expert instructors. Take fintech courses online with highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from the world’s most prestigious institutions and bridge the classroom with the real world.
  • Fintech courses online. Complete coursework for this flexible online fintech master’s degree regardless of where you live and work.

What can you do with a master’s degree in fintech?

As the field continues to rapidly grow, so, too, will the variety of jobs in fintech — and a master’s in fintech from UMSL can help you break into the industry and build a lasting career.

For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for financial analysts will steadily grow over the next decade, adding an average of 31,900 jobs in fintech each year with a median annual salary of $96,220 per year. Should you be interested in becoming a financial manager, this need is expected to grow by 8% over the next decade, according to the BLS, adding an estimated 123,100 jobs in fintech each year with a median annual salary of $139,790.

The finance industry is undergoing a significant transformation due to fintech, which streamlines financial services for speed, cost-efficiency, and security. Fintech’s rapid expansion offers lucrative career prospects in both financial and non-financial corporate sectors. The MS in Fintech stands out for its fintech focus, preparing graduates for diverse career opportunities in established financial firms, various corporate sectors, and fintech startups.




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Career Opportunities

  • Algorithmic Trader/High Frequency Trader
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Compliance Expert
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Digital Payment Specialist
  • Financial App Developer
  • Financial Data Analyst/Data Scientist
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Product Manager
  • Quantitative Analyst (Quant)
  • Robo-Advisor Specialist
  • Smart Contract Engineer


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: August 2
Spring semester: December 1
Summer semester: May 1

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL 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.

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.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.