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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Master of Finance

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Who Should Apply?

The Master of Finance prepares students to work as analysts and researchers with investment banks and other financial institutions through development of excellent quantitative research skills and training in finance. It also prepares students for doctoral work.

What Can You Expect Upon Graduation?

The Master of Finance graduate should be able to use econometric software packages to conduct empirical research in equities, fixed incomes, derivative products, corporate finance and portfolio management. Positions in finance that require this depth of analytical skills are found in major investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies and financial services consulting firms.

The program provides students an opportunity to prepare and write Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Levels I and II exams. The CFA® is a globally recognized finance professional designation.

Program Overview

The Master of Finance program can be completed with or without the co-op option:

  • Without the co-op option, this is a full-time 12 month program, including three terms of required coursework and a research paper.
  • With the co-op option, this is a full-time 20 month program, including three terms of required coursework, a research paper and an 8-month co-op placement.

Program Requirements

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • Management of Financial Institutions or Short-term Financial Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • Advanced Investment Management
  • Econometrics for Finance
  • Research Methodology
  • Accounting for Securities
  • Research Paper


Master of Finance students are automatically considered for internal scholarships upon admission and are encouraged to apply for external awards. There is no guaranteed funding for MFin students.

Information regarding external awards can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

Admission Requirement

To be admitted to the Master of Finance program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the university and must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in economics or business with a finance concentration. In addition, applicants should have:

      (a) a minimum B+ average over the last two years of full-time study;

      (b) a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of at least 650. Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) scores of at least 305 (1100 pre-Aug 2011) will be accepted in lieu of GMAT scores. These scores will be evaluated on a competitive basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction, must furnish evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission. Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL Assessment. For more information, please refer to the English Proficiency Requirements.

Students admitted to the co-op option are permitted to transfer into the non co-op option at any time during their program. However, students admitted to the non co-op option are not permitted to transfer into the co-op option.

Applications will only be reviewed once you have applied online and we have received all supplementary materials in our office.

Application Deadline

Applications for September 2014 admission are currently being accepted. The early application deadline is January 15, 2014. We will continue accepting qualified applications after this date based on space availability in the program.

Contact Information

For program information, please contact Dr. Tony Tang at

For application information, please contact