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Georgetown MSF Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Finance and a traditional MBA?
The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program from Georgetown University is more technically focused on finance than an MBA. This focus allows students to explore today’s global finance environment more deeply and grow into tomorrow’s recognized leaders in finance. Moreover, MSF students engage in a world-class curriculum focused on finance taught by McDonough School of Business faculty. The MSF provides education for students who do not wish to take a break from their careers, in a shorter timeframe and at a lower cost than an MBA from a premier university, which incorporates coursework outside of the finance area.

What is the ROI for Georgetown's MSF program?
Nearly 90% of MSF grads accepted new positions and earned an average salary increase of 38%. In addition, they are recognized by employers for their in-depth knowledge of current business trends, high-level finance, and consulting skills over and above those with a traditional graduate business degree. For more MSF career success outcome data and a sample list of grad employers and position titles, request our free program report

Is there an Orientation prior to the program start?
Yes. Every student participates in an on-campus orientation prior to the start of the program. The orientation is an opportunity for incoming students to meet classmates and faculty so they can hit the ground running with their first course. It also brings students together on campus to learn about available resources.

Does this program involve any on-campus residencies?
There are three invaluable residency experiences. The first is a weeklong on-campus residency that takes place after completing the program’s first core course: Financial Markets. During this week, students meet face-to-face with their faculty mentors and engage in an intensive case study with their fellow classmates. This unique opportunity allows students to fully immerse themselves in the Georgetown University experience, explore the campus and fortify the bonds made with peers and faculty. Students are also required to be on campus for an intensive weekend of team work in preparation for each team’s presentation of their consulting project to their international client, the third residency. This requirement is an important component of the capstone Global Consulting Project course.

MSF I students at their on-campus residency.

How many starts are there each year?
There is one start in the fall of each academic year.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to the online MSF program at Georgetown University?
Your overall GPA is less important to the admissions committee than your undergraduate major, school and performance in the most relevant courses.

What is the difference between the GRE and GMAT?
The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a test that measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. These are important skills we develop throughout our lives that aren’t specific to any one field of study.

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) measures your analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in written English. It’s intended for applicants to graduate management programs, like the MBA.

How are the graduate exams structured?
The GRE features two essays with 60 minutes of analytical writing; two 30-minute verbal reasoning sections; two 35-minute quantitative reasoning sections; and one experimental section testing verbal or math skills.

The GMAT features one 30-minute analytical section with one essay; a 30-minute integrated reasoning section; a 75-minute quantitative section; and a 75-minute verbal section.

What is the academic accreditation of Georgetown University’s MSF program?
All McDonough School of Business degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

How does the Blended Classroom work?
The Blended Classroom offers you the option each week to attend MSFLive evening sessions on campus or online and receive the same quality of education. Despite their geographic distance, students and professors interact as if they are next to one another. Many students appreciate being able to take advantage of a traditional classroom experience while also enjoying the convenience of the online flexibility. We see this combination of our cutting-edge Anytime Media and the Blended Classroom as the future of education at preeminent universities around the world.

What are the benefits of the Georgetown MSF cohort model of learning?
We use a cohort style model which means that each starting class progresses through the entire program together. Our students repeatedly tell us this structure has enhanced their learning and co-learning experience exponentially, with each student encouraging one another to think deeply and actively participate in group discussions. This shared learning experience allows students to be both a teacher and a learner, while building rewarding, tight-knit relationships both personally and professionally.

Does the MSF degree specify it was an online program on the transcript or diploma?
The degree awarded is a Master of Science in Finance with no designation of program modality.

Does this program serve as preparation for any professional licensure?
The MSF Program is a stand alone Master's degree with a specialization in the study of Finance. It is not a prep program for the CFA or related exams and certifications. While some of our current students and alumni either go that route before or after completing their MSF, the degree itself is in no way a precursor to the requirements of the above mentioned certifications.