The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is a unique community. With an incoming class size of about 75 students each year, our MS Finance program is one of the world’s most selective—and one of the best. As we evaluate applications, we have a holistic and balanced approach to admissions.
The ideal candidate has earned at least a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a top-quality college or university. We seek students who have taken a demanding course load in any field of study and have a consistent record of high performance.
Although most incoming students come to Vanderbilt immediately after completing their undergraduate degree, they find that professional finance exposure enables them to understand new concepts more fully and apply them more quickly. Full-time post-baccalaureate work experience is not required; however, we strongly recommend internships in finance or a related field.
You are about to take the first step toward enhancing your professional potential, exploring and expanding your career possibilities and discovering a new community of bright people from all over the world.
Please do not send official transcripts unless you have been asked to do so. In some instances, the Admissions Committee may request the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment essay. Candidates are responsible for requesting that the AWA essay be reported to Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.
Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. We are committed to helping students afford the Vanderbilt MS Finance program by offering scholarships and low-interest loan opportunities.
The Fall 2021 MS Finance application is closed. The new Fall 2022 application will be available mid-August. The first application deadline will be in early October. Check back this summer for exact details.
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Owen's active student body offers a number of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom, and MSF students will have access to a number of professional and social clubs.
The module system allows MSF students to take a wider variety of courses. The Owen Graduate School of Management has been operating on the "mod" scheduling system for several years now with a high degree of success.
Coursework will be highly beneficial for those planning to sit for the first two levels of the CFA exam, and students will be encouraged to seek additional certifications.
All MSF students are required to attend Orientation and complete on-campus course work prior to the start of the academic semester. Typically, MSF students report to campus the last week of July.
No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits.
We do not require prior full-time work experience for the MS Finance program. However, competitive applicants will have at least one internship that is applicable to career interests in finance.
We seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity in all forms—academic, professional, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, socioeconomic—is an important component of the Vanderbilt experience.
Yes, MSF students can apply to the Vanderbilt MBA program. The admissions standards for the MBA program are different and generally require three to five years of work experience. If you are admitted to the MBA program, some of the MSF course credits can be used to satisfy MBA graduation requirements.
We will notify you of the admission decision within 30 days of your application being complete.
We do not require students to have a significant level of quantitative training in mathematics and statistics. At a minimum, it is expected that students will have completed one year of calculus, as well as courses in statistics. We do not require prior course work in finance. It is helpful to have taken an introduction to economics course to help you understand the theory of economic principles.
Vanderbilt waives the application fee only in exceptional circumstances. Please email the MS Finance Admissions team with an explanation of your request for a fee waiver, a copy of your resume and test scores (if available).
You will be asked to pay the application fee by credit card when submitting your online application.
MSF applicants need to have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year undergraduate institution and should have shown high academic and personal achievement. Scores on the GMAT and TOEFL (for applicants who are not native English speakers) should be competitive with other Vanderbilt graduate programs.
The fee is $100.