The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is a unique community. With an incoming class size of about 65 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 four-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.

How to Apply

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.

Application Requirements

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.

More detailed instructions on the application process can be found here. Join our community today by beginning your application. To check the status of your completed application, click here.

Loans &

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.

MS Finance Class of 2019 Profile

  • 65 Class Size
  • 23 Average Age
  • 3.61 Undergraduate GPA Average
  • 692 Average GMAT Score
  • 23% Women

Application Deadlines

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

EarlyOctober 3, 2019
1November 7, 2019
2January 9, 2020
3*February 27, 2020
4*May 7, 2020

*Limited to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or International students with a 4-year U.S. undergraduate degree.

Applications are accepted and reviewed after the 4th round on a rolling basis.

Welcome Weekend 2020 Suspended

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of the Vanderbilt Community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the University has suspended school-sponsored events through April 30. This impacts Welcome Weekend as previously planned. We are actively evaluating solutions to provide opportunities for incoming students to interact with each other and learn more about life at Vanderbilt and in Nashville.We will be monitoring this complex and fluid situation and will continue to keep you informed of any changes. Now, more than ever, we will pull together and do what Vanderbilt does best – collaborate, find solutions, and move forward, together.

We certainly want to stay in touch and answer any and all of your questions. Our recruiting teams are available to chat via ZOOM meeting, phone call, or email.

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Program Information

Q. When do students matriculate each year?

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. The finalized academic calendar will be available in June for the following year.

Q. Will I be included in Owen's social structure (student organizations, Closing Bell, etc.)?

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.

Q. What are the advantages of the mod system?

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.

Q. How will the courses prepare me for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam?

Course work 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.

Admissions Information

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MSF program accept transfer students or transfer credits?

No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits.

Q. How may I pay the application fee?

You will be asked to pay the application fee by credit card when submitting your online application.

Q. What kind of work experience does the Admissions Committee consider?

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.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

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.

Q. Does a particular academic or professional background give me any advantage in the admissions process?

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.

Q. Can MSF graduates return to Vanderbilt to complete an MBA?

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.

Q. Will you waive the application fee? What if I am financially disadvantaged?

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 résumé and test scores (if available).

Q. When are admissions decisions made?

We will notify you of the admission decision within 30 days of your application being complete. 

Q. What are the prerequisites to apply for the Vanderbilt MSF program?

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.

Q. How much is the application fee?

The fee is $100.