Academic Programs for Finance and Economics

Undergraduate Degrees

Major in Finance

Finance focuses on all aspects of money management, such as investment, collection, disbursement, borrowing, and fund-raising. These individuals prepare financial reports needed to conduct operations and to satisfy tax and regulatory requirements. Finance graduates also oversee the flow of cash and investments and develop information to assess the present and future financial status of an organization.


Graduate Degrees

MBA in Finance

The Finance MBA Concentration at Rutgers Business School provides broad professional competence and skills to prepare students for careers in executive positions at banks, financial institutions and other firms.  Close to the many financial institutions in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., an MBA in finance from Rutgers provides excellent job opportunities with the best corporations in the northeast.


MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

Rutgers Business School has turned a geographic advantage into a top MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. The greater New Jersey area is in the heart of the bio-pharma corridor -- nowhere else will you find a greater concentration of pharmaceutical companies. Through a partnership with several pharmaceutical companies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Rutgers offers a cutting-edge MBA in Pharmaceutical Management.


Master of Quantitative Finance

Financial managers and related professionals are playing an increasingly important role in mergers, consolidations, global expansion, and financing, where their extensive specialized knowledge helps to reduce risks and maximize profit. The role of these professionals is also changing in response to technological advances; finance professionals now perform more analysis and serve directly with senior management in planning for profit maximization. The Rutgers Master of Quantitative Finance Program is a unique and exciting degree program designed to prepare you for employment in this interdisciplinary, technologically sophisticated, specialized field.


Master of Financial Analysis

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter is the gold standard in financial training. The Master of Financial Analysis (MFinA) is a one year intensive degree that prepares students to take the CFA exams. The MFinA is one of only 10 such programs in the United States offered by an elite set of universities that have earned the honor of being a CFA Institute Partner School.


PhD in Economics

This program prepares students for scholarly research and teaching.  A total of 72 credits is required for the doctoral degree.  Students must enroll in 26:220:689 every semester until they have defended a dissertation proposal.  This registration requires their attendance in the Economics Department’s weekly seminar.  A grade is given, but the enrollment is for zero credits and no tuition is charged.  Applicants and potential applicants are also welcome in the weekly departmental seminar.


PhD in Finance

Students admitted usually have a GMAT score above 675, a ranking in the top 5% of the student’s graduating class, and a strong mathematical background. A master’s degree in economics, computer science or mathematics is a plus.  Students with a limited background in either economics or finance should consider the Master of Quantitative Finance.  MQF students take some of the same courses as our doctoral students.  It is also possible to take up to four of our doctoral courses as a non-degree student.  Taking our doctoral courses as non-degree or MQF students does not, however, guarantee subsequent admission into our doctoral program.