School of Business

Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The M.S.F. program builds upon a Bachelor or Master of Business Administration or a degree in another quantitative discipline. It emphasizes both financial theory and quantitative methods in financial management.

Students engage in applied research and modeling, using large professional databases and computer software packages. They explore the international and regulatory dimensions of finance while focusing on risk management, financial engineering, banking, corporate finance and portfolio analysis and management.

Students pursuing an M.S.F. degree may choose between the intensive program and the regular program. Under the intensive program, students take four classes per semester to complete the degree in 12 months, including a summer session. The regular program, which we highly recommend, paces classes over a period of 24 months, including two summer sessions.

There are no majors in this degree program. However, students with strong backgrounds in particular subject areas may petition to waive a required course and replace it with an elective approved by the program director.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadline*:

Fall – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission.

International students: 6/17

International students transferring from another US

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-64) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required, but may be waived based on work experience

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required, as well as the following prerequisite coursework:  six (6) credit hours each in calculus and economics; and three (3) credit hours each in financial accounting, managerial finance; and statistics.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

* Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Master of Finance Office – The GW School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Funger Hall 501
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.8880 ~ 202.994.8926 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday