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MSc in Finance

This specialization is designed for people who wish to pursue PhD studies or research-oriented careers with financial institutions, consulting firms, or regulatory agencies. Students will develop a deeper grounding in financial theory and empiricism, and then delve into advanced derivatives valuation, corporate finance, empirical topics and research methods.

Is this Specialization for you?

Discover how this program aligns with your academic or research oriented career goals. Request a virtual one-on-one meeting with a member of our program team.

Recommended Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business or Commerce (with a finance concentration)
  • Accounting
  • Economics

GMAT and GRE requirement: minimum 80th percentile

McCall MacBain Sustainable Finance Fellow

Established by the McCall MacBain Foundation, funding of $15,000 per year is provided to the Smith Institute for Sustainable Finance to support two masters students interested in studying sustainable finance in the Smith MSc program.

Program Structure and Content

This is a 12-month program beginning in September. Each student is required to complete the following courses and a research project of publishable quality. Course work completion consists of the following:

Course Credits
Financial Economics (MGMT 923) 3
Microeconomic Theory (ECON 810) or Advanced Microeconomic Theory (ECON 811) 3
Quantitative Methods (ECON 852) 3
Econometric Methods (MGMT 890) 3
Capital Markets, Theory and Empirics (MGMT 821) 3
Corporate Finance, Theory and Empirics (MGMT 822) 3

Major Research Project (MGMT 898)


“I entered the MSc program with my sights set on a PhD and a career in academia. I took a year off after completing my MSc and took a few courses in organizational behaviour and developed a passion for the subject area. I decided to get a second MSc in OB at Penn State University and went on to get my PhD at Boston College. I spent seven years as faculty at Montpellier Business School in France before moving back to Canada. I’m now loving my time researching, teaching, and supervising graduate students in my role at the University of Toronto.”

Meena Andiappan, MSc (Specialization: Finance)
Assistant Professor of Management, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ont.