Georgetown University MSF Admissions – Our Holistic Approach
The admissions process at Georgetown University is multi-faceted. The MSF Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach when evaluating program applications and looks for a variety of professional and academic factors for consideration.
There is no single beaten path to acceptance. The students and alumni of the Georgetown MSF have unique backgrounds. While your academic ability, performance in prior courses, and test scores are important, at Georgetown, we also closely review your relevant experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statement to evaluate fit.
Online Master of Science in Finance – Admission Requirements
Your Personal Statement
Share with the committee the unique path that brought you to be interested in Georgetown, and your road map for further success during and after the program, through an organized, thoughtful, and engaging personal statement. You want to show the admissions committee that you will be a strong, positive addition to the Georgetown MSF community and how you plan to make your goals a reality.
Our Admissions Committee carefully examines your overall academic record. All applicants must have earned either a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited university or college. Your performance in challenging courses and the quality of your undergraduate institution are important factors in the admissions process. Our approach takes into consideration that a student's GPA depends on many factors, including their undergraduate major and school.
While we have no minimum required GPA, we do expect that the average GPA for our incoming class will exceed 3.0. Though prior coursework in finance, accounting, and statistics is helpful, a background in these disciplines is not required.
We accept either a GMAT or GRE score and don't prefer one over the other. Unlike your GPA, which may vary depending on the school you attend, these graduate exam scores are a standardized way for the MSF Admissions Committee to compare applicants.
Your score on a graduate exam demonstrates your strengths and shows you can withstand the rigors of the MSF, work well with your cohort, and get the greatest benefit from this program.
Your post-baccalaureate work experience and career history are highly valued and considered. Work experience can showcase your dedication to the field, offer real-world examples of past professional success, and help strengthen a case for the Admissions Committee looking to build a diverse student cohort.
For those pursuing their MSF immediately following completion of an undergraduate degree, the admissions committee values experience and responsibilities gained through activities like undergrad internships, summer jobs, and organizational involvement. Extracurricular activities, leadership or key positions you've held, relevant personal or academic projects, awards, accomplishments, and volunteer activities are all considered.
Letters of Recommendation
A recommendation letter is your opportunity to show the Admissions Committee how your supervisors and peers think of you and why you should be chosen for the Georgetown MSF. A recommendation letter from your current or previous work supervisor is ideal, however we also accept letters of recommendations from internship supervisors, organizational leaders, or professors for pre-experience candidates.
Ready to Apply? Application Checklist
Use the application checklist below to audit your materials prior to submitting.
- Application fee: One-time, non-refundable fee of $175.
- Official GMAT or GRE scores and test date
- GMAT code: JT7-G0-38
- GRE code: 5781
- Official transcripts
- Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)
- Personal statement
- 2 letters of recommendation from individuals well-acquainted with the applicant's professional experience
- Video conference Interview (interviews typically last 5–10 minutes)
We highly recommend submitting your application and all required documentation as early as possible in order to secure your space in the program.
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Incoming Class Profile
Each year, the program attracts students who are passionate about business and finance and are driven to learn and succeed. Below is a snapshot of the most recent incoming class:
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