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Master of Science in Financial Economics

The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a two-year master’s degree program offered by the Finance and Economics Division of Columbia Business School. The MSFE provides academically distinguished and industry-oriented students the opportunity to obtain a rigorous, graduate level finance and economics training in an intensive two-year program. Students take a carefully constructed curriculum of PhD and MBA courses offered at Columbia Business School. The program has a significant overlap with our PhD program, but is intended for students who are interested in obtaining a rigorous finance training without having to complete a full four or five PhD program, including the thesis requirements.

The goal of the program is to provide students with the quantitative and theoretical tools for a successful career in finance with potential employers such as investment and commercial banks, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, consulting firms, and policy-oriented organizations. In a competitive job market, the technical skills and analytical expertise gained through the coursework component of a PhD program are increasingly valuable. 

The MSFE program is designed for students who wish to pursue a more analytical and focused course of study in finance than that offered by Columbia Business School’s MBA Program, but who also prefer a shorter and more industry-oriented experience than the School’s Doctoral Program. Candidates should have academic preparation equivalent to that of entering PhD students, and should be fully prepared to participate in PhD classes and to complete a substantial research project. Applicants who may also be considering MBA or PhD programs are encouraged to carefully review the academic differentials between the offerings to better understand the preparation for post-MS opportunities.

The application deadline for the Master of Science in Financial Economics are:

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