University of Saskatchewan

24 months
11850 CAD/year
7500 CAD/year
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The Master of Science in Finance (MSc in Finance) program at University of Saskatchewan is a two year, research based thesis program offered by the Edwards School of Business. This program was designed to give students the tools and experiences required for a strong career in either academia or industry.


The MSc in Finance offered by University of Saskatchewan provides students with a theoretical background in contemporary financial issues and incorporates a strong foundation in empirical methods. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to question and understand current financial literature and practices, engage with devoted and knowledgeable faculty and staff, and participate in various special guest lecturers and presentations.

Due to the research intensive nature of the program and individual faculty supervision at the thesis stage, applicants are carefully adjudicated and enrolment is limited. Only a handful of universities across North American offer programs that have a similar research focus at the Master’s level. The degree can be used as a platform for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and it equips students with a competitive advantage in jobs that have a significant research component.


What makes the MSc degree at the University of Saskatchewan unique compared to other MSc in finance programs is the requirement of students to perform original research which they must defend before an examination committee. 

During the thesis component of the M.Sc. in Finance program the student will develop, under the supervision of an academic advisor, a research project consisting of the following three distinct stages:

  • The identification, in conjunction with the academic supervisor, of an appropriate thesis topic and the completion of an oral proposal defense,
  • The development and completion of the written thesis project involving regular interaction with the thesis supervisor, and
  • A final defense of the thesis.

Successful completion of the final defense will require that the research project be completed to the satisfaction of the student's supervisory committee which, in most cases, will consist of the academic supervisor as the chairman, two other faculty members from within the department, and an external examiner selected from outside the department.

The transition from coursework to thesis is often the most difficult stage in the program as students may have difficulty in determining a topic that is appropriate for the thesis. Faculty will often have ideas that may be used as thesis topics. Students are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with the faculty and the research that is being conducted by them. To facilitate this process, brief faculty-student meetings will be arranged as required to determine the compatibility of students’ ideas and faculty research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Seminar in Finance
  • Research in Finance
  • Introduction to Ethics and Integrity
  • Advanced Investment Theory
  • Empirical Methods in Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
B (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The Edwards MSc in Finance assesses applicants on a composite basis for admission purposes.  We look at a variety of factors when making admission decisions including undergraduate degree, grade point average, research interest, GMAT score, and reference letters. An interview may be required.Your Completed Admission Package Includes:

  • Completed Online Application Form and $90 Application Fee
  • Official GMAT Score or GRE Score
  • English Proficiency Scores (if required)
  • A Transcript of your Academic Record
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Current Resume
  • Letter of Intent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11850 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11850 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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