Undergraduate students at UMass Amherst and the other colleges in the Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts can pursue a 4+1 option at the Isenberg School of Management, completing their undergraduate degree and the Master of Finance (MF) degree in 5 years or less.
The 4+1 option can be completed in one year following the completion of an undergraduate degree or can be accelerated by taking up to 12 graduate credits (4 courses) from the MF program while students complete their undergraduate degree, with 6 credits (2 courses) allowed to double-count for both the undergraduate degree and the MF degree.
Undergraduate students who wish to accelerate their 4+1 program, should apply to the MF program in their junior year or early in their senior year.
Benefits of the accelerated 4+1 option are provided below:
- Efficiency: Complete your undergraduate and graduate degree in less than 5 years
- Cost savings: Double count up to 6 credits toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Internship opportunities: Start taking finance courses early and secure an internship in the summer after you complete your undergraduate degree
- Career opportunities: Be better prepared to interview for jobs in the fall when you officially start the MF program
About the Master of Finance
The Master of Finance features a STEM curriculum designed to deliver an in-depth understanding of the most advanced financial theories, quantitative models, and industry practices. This degree prepares students to work in positions such as market research analyst, personal investment advisor, risk officer, credit analyst, portfolio manager, pension consultant, and financial economist.