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Applied Financial Economics, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Science in applied financial economics will train you in the analysis and forecasting of financial variables, such as interest rates and stock returns, and their effects on financial markets.


About the Program

SLU’s Master of Science in applied financial economics program offered by the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is a one-of-a-kind program in the region. The program responds to the need for individuals to enter the labor market with a set of applied technical skills. You will be attractive to employers looking for candidates with training in practical, empirical analysis in areas such as: portfolio management, risk analysis, forecasting, investment performance and measurement.

Program Highlights

SLU’s graduate program in applied financial economics will help you develop strong ethical, technical and professional skills, and provides in-depth expertise in both economics and finance.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s master’s program in applied financial economics consists of 30 credit hours that can be completed full time in one calendar year. No work experience is required, which means that you can transition into the program upon achieving your undergraduate degree. In addition, the program can be pursued on a part-time basis for up to five years, which makes it ideal for working professionals.

After graduating from the applied financial economics program, you will be qualified for a range of analysis-related jobs. Possible positions include research analyst/associate/assistant, policy analyst, data analyst, staff economist, strategy analyst, business economist, securities analyst or market forecaster.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
A significant share of students in SLU’s master’s program in applied financial economics are awarded merit-based scholarships. For consideration, please submit your application as early as possible. See our graduate business program tuition and learn about financial aid.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants are reviewed for past undergraduate work, internship experience, and GMAT or GRE scores. While there is no minimum GMAT score required, the average GMAT score is 590. Average GRE scores are 150-153 on each section, quantitative and verbal. Successful applicants demonstrate a 3.0 grade point average in past academic programs.

Application Requirements

Application form
Two letters of recommendation
Official GMAT or GRE score
Personal goal statement of less than 500 words

Requirements for International Students

  • For non-native speakers of English, an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is also required and must be sent directly from ETS or the British Council (SLU’s school code is 6629 for ETS). TOEFL and IELTS scores should be no more than two years old. We require a TOEFL score of 88 and an IELTS broadband of at least a 6.5.
  • The Pearson Test of English scores can be accepted as well.
  • A GPA on a 4.0 scale is required and should be reflected on official transcripts or documentation. All international transcripts must be calculated by the World Education Services (WES) or the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and include a course-by-course evaluation, including GPA and course levelsThe graduate business programs office prefers WES, but will accept ECE.
  • INTO SLU offers a pathway program for international students who are interested this course but do not meet the direct entry requirements. Visit INTO SLU for more information.

Application Deadlines

Classes begin in the fall, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The preferred deadline is Aug. 1 — and July 15 for international students.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all application materials are received. Application files are reviewed holistically (undergraduate work, internship experience, test scores and personal goal statement). The average time for admissions decisions is two weeks.


Accredited by AACSB International

The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — which is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business.