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SMC to ND Master of Science in Finance 4+1

Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business have partnered to offer accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs. For Saint Mary’s students who meet the criteria for entry, Notre Dame offers guaranteed early admission to the Master of Science in Finance program Coursework for the master’s degree can be completed with one additional year of coursework or less.

How it Works

Saint Mary’s undergraduate students may pursue a five-year pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree in any field with a serious quantitative emphasis from the College and a Master of Science in Finance from Notre Dame. Because ND’s Master of Science in Finance program is designed for students without a previous background or education in finance, this pathway is only open to students completing a quantitatively oriented degree at the College other than a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Students from Saint Mary’s will be accepted into ND’s Master of Science in Finance program during the early application period (typically September) for an anticipated start date in June. 

To be considered, students must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • complete the bachelor’s degree in May of that academic year

  • complete the following courses:

    • MATH 252: Financial Mathematics

    • MATH 326: Linear Algebra and

    • Differential Equations

      • MATH 114: Introduction to Statistics or

      • MATH 346: Statistics (one or both)

    • BUAD 201: Principles of Financial Accounting

  • achieve an overall minimum GPA of 3.5

  • achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 for the required coursework listed above

  • pay the deposit for admitted students to Notre Dame 30 days after formal notification

of admission

Contact Information and Links

First-Year Students

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Office of Graduate Studies, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 284-4587


Current Saint Mary’s Students

If you are a current SMC student and interested in learning more about these post-graduate opportunities at Notre Dame, please stop by the advising office at Saint Mary’s so that we may help you plan for your post-graduate education.

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