The MS Finance application process can seem daunting before you begin. However, if you plan your time well, you can complete your application in only a week. Below, we share a day-by-day guide on how to submit a Vanderbilt MS Finance application in just 7 days.

Day 1: Get Organized

This is the day you’ll skim through the application requirements and create a checklist to guide you along your application process. First, reach out to a few potential recommenders. Next, fill out the part of the application that requires your name, employment information, activities, etc. If you haven’t already, obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript. Either enter your GRE or GMAT test scores or submit a GRE/GMAT waiver.

Day 2: Resume Building

Resumes set the stage for the application. If you already have a strong resume, you are ahead of the game. If not, research different resume formats, choose one, and begin filling in the template. Prioritize your accomplishments, finance skills and competencies. Since this stage is just brainstorming, include everything — you’ll cut your resume down to a page on Day 4.

Day 3: Work on Your Story

Jack Eyre, Vanderbilt MS Finance program director, says, “The career essay is your opportunity to tell your story in a way that will set you apart and help us remember you. Also, be sure to tell us how the Vanderbilt MS Finance degree can help you achieve your goals.” Draw on any interactions with the school: checking out the website, talking to current students, or visiting campus. This shows that you’ve done your research and are genuinely interested in this program.

Day 4: Look with Fresh Eyes

You’re halfway there! Today, you’ll edit your resume down to one page. As you decide what to keep and what to leave out, remember how important it is to highlight your key finance skills and experience.

Once you’re done editing your resume, go back to your essays and make sure you answered the questions completely and didn’t go off topic. Really edit and polish your writing. Being focused and concise is key.

Day 5: Complete Checklist Items

Review the checklist you made on Day 1 and finalize any items you haven’t completed, including submitting the names of your recommenders. The application also requires that you film a 90-second video response to a question. You have three chances to record your response. Practice recording yourself so you’ll get used to sitting in front of a camera before you make the final version. “Try not to stress too much about the video response,” Eyre says. “Relax. Smile. Be yourself. Don’t feel like you have to fill the entire 90 seconds.”

Finally, go back and proofread the whole application.

Day 6: Grab a Friend (Or Two)

The finish line is near. Call a friend or two, order some food, and have them read your essays and give you feedback. If they’re willing, it’s also helpful to get an extra set of proofreading eyes on the other parts of your application.

Day 7: Submit

Give everything one last look. Take a deep breath, then hit submit. Congratulations! You’ve made it through the week of completing a MS Finance application. It’s time to celebrate and relax.

For a more detailed explanation of each step of the application process, please contact us.