The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business continues to grow, with an increase in class size, GMAT score, and diversity this fall.
“We started building MSF as Georgetown McDonough’s first technology-intensive program nearly a decade ago with the goal to develop and deliver a premium online program that has an on-campus feel,” said Allan Eberhart, senior associate dean for the MSF program and professor of finance. “We are proud that our MSF program attracts outstanding students from across the globe who need the flexibility to work outside of the Washington, D.C., area and who want to be part of a close-knit community committed to academic excellence, principled leadership, and career advancement.”
This year’s entering class is the largest in program history with 164 students, a 28% increase from last year. The program also had a surge in completed applications, which were up 55% year-over-year. The average GMAT score also increased from 674 to 689 this fall, and under-represented minority student enrollment jumped from 23% to 35% this year. These statistics represent all-time highs for the program.
“We were highly impressed with the quality of these students’ applications,” said Luke Weichbrod, senior director of operations for the MSF program and a member of the admissions committee.
With options to complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis, Georgetown’s MSF attracts a broad range of students. This year’s work experience range was zero to 37 years, with an average of eight years and an average age of 29. Additionally, 23% of the class is female, 37% did not major in business or economics in their undergraduate program, and 18% already hold a master’s degree.
The 164 students were joined by 113 returning second-year students in this two-year program, representing a 610% increase in the program’s enrollment since the first class of 39 students in 2014.
Georgetown’s MSF combines interactive asynchronous course content with weekly synchronous sessions to create an engaging experience for students. The program also offers a Blended Classroom, where students will be able to choose to attend synchronous sessions either in person or online once the university resumes in-person learning. The academics are paired with a dedicated career services team that help students either advance in their current organization or transition to a new job during or after the program.