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Master of Science in

Digital Innovation for FinTech

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Why FinTech at Brandeis?

Create innovative technology that makes financial services more efficient

Read about the MS in Digital Innovation for FinTech in the Boston Globe

From regional startups to some of the world’s largest corporations, more and more organizations are turning to new technologies to streamline their financial systems. With innovation and entrepreneurship playing an increasingly critical role within the financial sector, there is a growing need for leaders in FinTech — a rapidly growing field that focuses on a hybrid of finance, software, analytics and the user experience. While FinTech was originally used to describe any technology that helped users transact business, the industry has since expanded to include digital innovations in investments, banking, startups, the crypto-currency market and more.

Hear program chair Ashley Nagle Aknaian discuss the current state of FinTech

Developed specifically for the FinTech industry in conjunction with experts in the field, this program will equip you to develop financial solutions that use technology in innovative ways. Other program outcomes include:

  • Build leading-edge financial solutions using emerging technologies.
  • Apply financial theories to create technology solutions that solve business problems.
  • Measure and communicate the ROI of FinTech solutions to stakeholders.
  • Shape financial technology innovations in the context of our complex global economy.

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The 30-credit program has eight required courses and two electives.

Admissions Criteria

Digital Innovation for FinTech applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in any field with some coursework in general finance or economics. (Students who do not meet this requirement will need to complete a free online course.)
  • At least some basic experience with a programming language.

Please contact an enrollment coordinator to discuss specific undergraduate degree requirements in business/finance and technology.

Courses

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The 30-credit Digital Innovation for FinTech program has seven required courses and three electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Digital Innovation for FinTech curriculum for the fall 2017 term. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • The New Economy: Global Disruption and the Emergence of FinTech
  • FinTech: The Evolution of Technology for Financial Services
  • Analysis for Professionals
  • Launching FinTech Ventures
  • Python Programming
  • Innovation and User-Centered Design
  • Digital Innovation for FinTech Capstone Project

Sample electives 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Agile Project Management
  • Expert Software Development in Java
  • Mobile Applications and Responsive Web Design
  • Data Quality and Governance

The FinTech industry

Gain insights into the field

The FinTech sector is growing rapidly. According to the March 2015 Future of FinTech and Banking report, global investment in the industry tripled between 2013 and 2014 alone. Developing alongside this growth is an increase in financial technology related positions. Leading organizations that are currently hiring FinTech experts span multiple industries and include:

  • SoFi
  • Mint.com
  • PayPal
  • Apple
  • State Street
  • John Hancock
  • Samsung
  • Venmo
  • JP Morgan
  • VISA
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Oracle

This degree gives you an opportunity to advance your career in one of the most promising industries in today's job market.

Join the FinTech revolution

Degree checklist

If you relate to any of the statements below, this degree could be right for you.

  • More than ever, my organization relies on technology for providing financial services or making financial systems more efficient.
  • I am a creative thinker.
  • I have a background in technology and want to break into the financial industry.
  • I've been working in finance for years but need the tech skills to bring some new ideas that I have to life.
  • I own a start-up, work for a start-up, or want to get more involved in the start-up community.

“As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me.”
— Scott Paddock, GPS Student (read more student testimonials here)

Digital Innovation for FinTech

Meet our featured faculty

As a student in the FinTech program, you will work with faculty who are already known as experts in their field. Your FinTech faculty will include Ashley Nagle Eknaian, the program chair for the MS in Digital Innovation for FinTech. She is also the managing director at State Street Corporation’s Emerging Technologies Center and has more than 15 years of experience in financial services. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master’s in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and international business from Northeastern University.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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