Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Finance
Award Title

Master of Science in Finance

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Program Fee


Offering Unit
Program Advisor

Academic Director:
Prof Zhanhui CHEN, Associate Professor of Finance


The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Finance is designed to provide rigorous training to students for professional careers in the finance industry. The curriculum is structured to meet the growing and specialized demands of the industry. The program provides both full-time and part-time study modes which students can complete in 12 or 24 months respectively. It begins with a solid foundation in corporate finance, quantitative and computing skills, investment analysis, asset valuation and financial derivatives, which form the core subjects in the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Financial Risk Management (FRM) examinations curriculum. Students can then build on top of this broad knowledge base by choosing required courses and electives that lead to concentration in Asset Management, Risk Management, Fintech, Security Analysis or Corporate Finance.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Master the core knowledge in finance;
  2. Command the key problem-solving skills for finance; and
  3. Integrate their finance knowledge and skills in business applications.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Students can apply for credit transfer and/or course substitution for core courses. The maximum number of transfer credits to be granted is 6 credits.

  1. Core Course

    10 credits

FINA 5120
FINA 5210
FINA 5250
FINA 5290
FINA 5360


  1. Elective Courses 

    20 credits

    Students are required to take at least 10 credits of electives offered by the MSc(FINA) Program. Students may take the remaining elective courses from MSc(FINA) or other MSc programs offered by the School of Business and Management.  

    Student may take up to 4 additional elective credits (beyond the graduation requirement of 30 credits), subject to approval of the Academic Director.

Last update: 15 September 2020 

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80 *

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5 *

* Refers to scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • A GMAT or a GRE score; and

  • Work experience:

    • Full-time program: Not required

    • Part-time program: One year of full-time post-qualification work experience

4. Additional Information
  • For the full-time program, applicants will have an advantage if they have some work experience.

The program comprises two concentrations:


  1. Investment Management Concentration

    Students are required to complete at least five elective courses in Investment Management to graduate with the Investment Management Concentration designation.


  1. Financial Analysis Concentration

    Students are required to complete at least five elective courses in Financial Analysis to graduate with the Financial Analysis Concentration designation.


Students will be allowed to graduate with no concentration, or claim up to one concentration.


Last update: 23 November 2022

Apply online before the application deadlines.


The program has been selected by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to award eligible students for Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. For details, please refer to



Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 3 Mar 2024
Part-time: 14 Apr 2024

Local Applicants
Full-time: 3 Mar 2024
Part-time: 14 Apr 2024

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.