What We Look For

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is a professional program designed to prepare students to compete successfully for entry-level positions and build long-term careers in finance. As a result, we look for applicants with strong academic skills as well the same set of characteristics that finance companies look for when they hire new employees. STEM and Economics degrees tend to be excellent foundations for the MS Finance Program.

Given the career focus of the MSF program, the program is not designed to prepare students for Ph.D. programs, although several of our students have gained admissions into Ph.D. programs.  Additionally, the program will not consider current Ph.D. students from any discipline or students with undergraduate finance degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.  Students with finance degrees from non-U.S. schools are welcome to apply.  International STEM students who attended a U.S. university are especially encouraged to apply. These students are eligible for STEM scholarships and are attractive to finance employers because they can apply for the 3 year visa extension.

The following is an overview of MSF admissions criteria:

Assessment Factor Desired Outcome
Undergraduate academic performance Minimum overall cumulative GPA: 3.0 The program average is typically 3.5
GMAT or GRE scores Minimum of 50th percentile on Quantitative section (A competitive score is in the 70-75th percentile for Quantitative.)
Resume Includes some part-time work experience
Extracurricular activities College or high school competitive athletic, extra-curricular, hobby experience
Interview, by invitation (in person or video) Strong communication skills and enthusiasm for the finance industry
TOEFL scores (International students only) Minimum score of 105 for internet-based exam
Letters of reference Two required; at least one academic