1. Take the GRE/GMAT now!
Did you know that sophomore year is actually the best time to take the GRE?
According to the article “Why Every College Student Should Take the GRE by Their Sophomore Year,” the GRE Quantitative Reasoning section consists of arithmetic, geometry, algebra, data analysis, and number properties. All of these concepts were studied in high school, so it is best to take the GRE while the information is still crisp in your mind! One other compelling reason discussed in the article is that the scores last for 5 years, so if you take the test as a sophomore, you will still have 3 years after graduation to use them!
Students are required to take the GRE (or GMAT) in order to be considered for the MS Finance Program. Most students prefer to take the GRE due to immediately being able to view your unofficial scores (which we accept) and it being more widely accepted for graduate school admissions. Here are a few additional tips regarding the test:
- The Program only considers the quantitative score, so you should focus your studies on that section although you must take entire exam. Submit scores to Texas A&M.
- The minimum quantitative score to be considered is the 50th percentile.
- The GRE/GMAT is offered throughout the year, however, it’s important to keep in mind that scheduling the GRE/GMAT usually involves about a 2-week lead time.
- Students may take the exam all the way up to the deadline if needed, since the unofficial scores will be received immediately upon finishing the exam.
- The GRE offers free practice test software called PowerPrep, which can be very helpful to students.
- In light of COVID-19, both the GRE and GMAT can be taken online. We recommend taking the exam 30 days prior to the admission deadline to allow time for an exam retake if necessary. We recommend the GRE as it immediately gives the unofficial score; the GMAT can take up to 7-10 days to receive.
- GRE Website
- GMAT Website
2. Plan for the Prerequisites
The following MS Finance prerequisites are required to be completed by the end of the Texas A&M Spring Semester, but are not required at the time of admission:
- ACCT 229/640 Introductory Accounting
- ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro) OR ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro)
A grade of a “B” or better must be achieved in order to meet the requirement.
ACCT 640 Accounting Concepts and Procedures I (online) is an equivalent course to ACCT 229 that is offered to admitted students. ACCT 640 can potentially count as a technical elective, so be sure to ask your academic advisor to see if that is true for your major. The MSF section of ACCT 640 is offered each Spring Semester.
Contact Misty Page in order to register for ACCT 640, as you will need an override.
ECON 202 will count as a University Core Curriculum (UCC) elective. ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles is only accepted if taken before admittance to MSF or in progress at the time of application.
Transfer credit is accepted from other accredited universities. Lone Star College is one example of a university that MSF students have been successful taking prerequisites online at in the past.
3. Polish Up Your Resume
If you don’t know how your resume should look or need help building it, be sure to reach out to the Career Center for free help. Another resource for resume help would be to check out the MSF Student Directory, where you can view all of the current MSF students’ resumes.
4. Write Your Essay
In this year’s MSF application (for Fall ’22 start), the essay question as follows: “Who in the business world do you most want to model your career after and why? How do you believe the MSF Program will help you follow in this person’s footsteps?” The essay should be double spaced and 2 pages max. You may write about someone who you know personally or someone who is a well-known business leader. Please focus on someone you would like to emulate, not just someone you admire.