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The STEM-designated M.S. in Financial Technology and Analytics (MFTA) program prepares students for careers in the emerging and rapidly growing area of financial technology (FinTech) and analytics. The master's in FinTech degree provides an interdisciplinary experience across finance, data analytics, and data sciences in response to this near-ubiquitous and growing demand for financial-analytic skills blended with technology.
The program offers both on-line and in-person courses.
With its flexible curriculum that nimbly responds to changes in labor market demands, the program will produce graduates who will possess the technological and analytical skills that meet these demands.
The three-fold learning objective underlies the program, as follows:
- Enhance technical expertise: The program is designed to increase knowledge in financial technology, including programming languages, data analytics, machine learning, and blockchain technology;
- Analyze financial data: The program aims to inform students on the analysis of time series and cross-sectional financial data, including the identification of trends, patterns, and insights – what the data reveal and conceal; and
- Design financial products that provide innovative solutions: The program endeavors to advance the ability of students to create financial products that drive efficiency gains and cyber-security protection through digitalization and digital transformation.
STEM Designated FinTech Program
By 2028, it is estimated that there will be more than a million jobs in the STEM field. In preparation, this STEM-designated FinTech program will equip you to utilize technology, data and business analytics to make effective business decisions and solve complex business problems.
The STEM designation offers an additional benefit by allowing international students to apply to extend their 12-month optional practical training (OPT) by an additional 24 months.
What Can You Do With a Master's in FinTech?
With a Master's in FinTech from Seton Hall, you are uniquely positioned to tap into the vibrant financial technology fintech sector, leveraging the university's proximity to New York City, a global hub for finance and innovation. The MS Financial Technology program can open doors to roles such as FinTech Developer, Financial Analyst, Blockchain Specialist, Financial Programming or Risk Manager, with the city's bustling ecosystem providing a rich landscape for jobs, internships, and networking. NYC's status as a leading FinTech incubator means graduates can also pursue entrepreneurial ventures, with access to a wealth of resources, potential investors, and a diverse client base right on their doorstep.
What career opportunities are available for International Students with a STEM-designated M.S. in Financial Technology and Analytics?
International students with a STEM-designated M.S. in Financial Technology and Analytics have access to a wealth of career opportunities in the United States financial sector, especially in data-rich environments such as banks, investment firms, and FinTech startups. The STEM designation allows for an extended Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, providing up to three years of work experience in the U.S., which is particularly attractive to employers in the rapidly evolving FinTech landscape. The specialized skill set in both finance and technology makes these graduates ideal candidates for roles in quantitative analysis, blockchain development, risk management, and digital innovation, with the additional benefit of being competitive applicants for H-1B visa sponsorship, should they seek long-term employment in the U.S.