Increase your earning potential with a career in finance.

About the Program

Pacific's Master of Science in Finance program offers the perfect blend of finance theory and application. With a $3.5 million student-run investment fund, our STEM-designated program offers students the unique opportunity to manage a large equity portfolio using state of the art tools of the industry. In just one year, our program prepares students for the CFA certification and is offered in-person and online simultaneously using a hyflex modality providing flexibility for working professionals.

Growing Demand

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of finance professionals has a projected growth range from 6% to 17%, which is above average for all occupations from 2020 to 2030. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay for a financial analyst role in 2019 was $81,590, and the average compensation earned by finance professionals ranges up to $316,000 for portfolio managers according to the CFA Institute's compensation study.

Courses offered in a Hyflex of online and classroom learning

Curriculum aligned with premier CFA-certification prep

$3.5 million student-managed fund

Experiential Learning
Student Investment Fund

Pacific Finance students gain experiential learning through managing a $3.5 million Student Investment Fund (SIF), in addition to required internships and an optional study abroad program. In the Eberhardt SIF, students do research and evaluation, write reports, and make choices regarding where and how to invest in the live fund. This is not a simulation or paper trade fund, but rather a live, real-money fund. Students will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, visit top finance companies and connect with Eberhardt alumni throughout their time in the program.

Student Investment Fund

The Eberhardt School of Business develops knowledgeable, innovative business leaders in a personalized, experience-based learning environment and produces scholarship that contributes to disciplinary knowledge, informs teaching, and advances the practice of business.

We share a set of underlying principles that govern our behaviors and our ability to achieve our mission:

  • Maintaining a student-centered learning environment
  • Educating the whole person
  • Stimulating intellectual growth
  • Maintaining a mutually supportive community of faculty, staff, and students
  • Engaging external stakeholders
  • Promoting excellence
  • Being socially responsible
  • Behaving ethically and with integrity
  • Providing service to the university, community, and profession

Graduates of the Master of Science in Finance degree will be able to: 

  1. Professional Competency
    • Employ quantitative methods
    • Apply and integrate knowledge in financial analysis
    • Apply and integrate knowledge in investment decisions and risk management
  2. Ethics
    • Understand the provisions of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
    • Recognize and resolve ethical issues in financial decision-making 
  3. Communication
    • Effectively communicate in ways appropriate to the audience and the subject matter
    • Effectively lead or cooperate with team members in conducting complex investment analysis

The admission process involves a holistic review of each applicant’s background and experiences. The following are required for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Official transcripts* 
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Foundational business knowledge 
    • Applicants may demonstrate their foundational business knowledge through the completion of an undergraduate degree in business or through the completion of prerequisite courses which may be completed either prior to or in addition to this program’s coursework.

*Official transcripts for all course work taken after high school are required to complete your application. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Office of Graduate Admission
University of the Pacific
Knoles Hall Room 204
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton CA 95211


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please visit the International Graduate Applicants site to learn more about the additional application requirements. 

Fall Semester

BUSI 230 — Ethics in the Investment Profession (1 credit) 
BUSI 231 — Quantitative Methods in Finance 
BUSI 232 — Economics for Finance 
BUSI 218 — Advanced Financial Accounting 
BUSI 277 — Management Skills 
BUSI 220 — Corporate Finance

Spring Semester

BUSI 222 — Student Investment Fund (SIF) 
BUSI 233 — Fixed Income Securities 
BUSI 234 — Derivative /Alternative Investments 
BUSI 225 — Investment / Portfolio Analysis 
BUSI 226 — Financial Statement Analysis

Master of Science in Finance

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Eberhardt School of Business
AACSB Accredited

Business programs offered by the Eberhardt School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier business school accrediting organization in the world. The five-year continuous review process ensures students and employers of the most current and high-quality programs. Learn more about the AACSB and the continuous review accreditation process. Learn more about what it means for you to attend an AACSB accredited school.

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Eberhardt School of Business

3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA  95211