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Complete the form to receive the Ultimate Guide to MS Finance Admissions, as well as additional information about the Vanderbilt MS Finance program.

Complete the form to receive the Ultimate Guide to MS Finance Admissions, as well as additional information about the Vanderbilt MS Finance program.



The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is a unique community. With an incoming class size of about 80 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.

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.

Candidates with a 3.5 or higher GPA (for those who earned their undergrad degree at an institution using a 4.0 scale), may apply to have the GMAT or GRE requirement waived. Applicants will receive the waiver form via email after they have completed the following steps:

1. Create or login to your MSF application
2. Complete the personal information page
3. Complete the education history page (including uploading a copy of your transcript for each institution attended)
4. Upload a copy of your resume
5. Complete the MSF Finance GMAT/GRE Admissions Requirement waiver request form here

Vanderbilt MSF will reply to waiver requests as soon as possible.

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Application Details

Loans &

We recognize that business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. We are committed to helping students afford the cost of tuition by offering scholarships and low-interest loan options.

However you choose to finance your Vanderbilt MS Finance degree, know that the jobs and salaries secured by our graduates often make the loan payback period significantly shorter. With such a high rate of return, this 10-month program is an investment worth making. For more information, view our exceptional outcomes.

MS Finance Class of 2022 Profile

  • 81 Class Size
  • 22 Average Age
  • 3.67 Undergraduate GPA Average
  • 22% Women

Application Deadlines

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

EarlyOctober 7, 2021
1November 11, 2021
2January 20, 2022
3*March 10, 2022
4May 5, 2022

*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 Round 3 deadline on a rolling basis if seats remain.

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Program Information

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?

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.

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 at the beginning of August.

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 all professional and social clubs.

Admissions Information

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. 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. 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. When are admissions decisions made?

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

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 are the prerequisites to apply for the Vanderbilt MSF program?

Although we do not require students to have a significant level of quantitative training, it is expected that students will have completed one year of calculus, as well as at least one course 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. What kind of work experience does the Admissions Committee consider?

We do not require prior full-time work experience for MSF as it is considered a pre-experience program. However, competitive applicants will have at least one or more internships that are applicable to pursuing a full-time role 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. 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 resume and test scores (if available).

Q. How much is the application fee?

The fee is $100.