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The MS in Finance (MSF) program at the GW School of Business produces leaders in the field of finance. The program focuses on risk management, financial engineering, banking, corporate finance, and portfolio analysis and management. It has been designed to combine quantitative and computer skills with financial theory and applications.
The MSF program is a full-time, 48 credit-hour program. Students with very strong backgrounds in a particular subject area can petition to waive a required course, replacing it with an elective as approved by the program director. All courses are four credits and a full semester long (14 weeks). The summer term is mandatory for MSF candidates, and all its four-credit courses are a full semester (12 weeks).
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MSF graduates find employment at the most prestigious financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo, among others. Moreover, GWSB’s unique location in Washington, D.C. offers MSF graduates the opportunity to be employed at prominent and attractive international financial organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Financial Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Furthermore, their graduates find employment with many government agencies such as the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of Treasury or with private financial corporations like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
In order to facilitate employment for program graduates, they are actively engaged in collaboration with a variety of financial institutions through faculty, alumni and administration in:
Additionally, we maintain a database of resumes accessible to potential employers, organize career workshops to prepare students in their job search and interviews, and collaborate with the F. David Fowler Career Center on a variety of career services. Finally, as a member of the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), we organize trips to New York City to participate in the Financial Mathematics Career Fair.
To further promote internships and full time employment, each year the MSF program creates a resume book of a collection of current students’ resumes who are seeking new career opportunities.
Admission to this program is competitive. Applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet the entrance requirements of the School of Business.
The review process considers each of the following areas on its own merit and candidates should show significant achievement in each area to be considered a strong prospect for admission.
The ability to excel academically in an environment that will demand strong technical, analytical, and communication skills.
Evidence of maturity to integrate educational opportunities into personal and professional goals.
Management and leadership potential and strong communication skills.
To be considered complete, the following must be included in the application:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission.
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Transfer Student Application Deadlines (for students currently living in the U.S. who do not require a student visa)
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The GW School of Business offers merit-based fellowships to incoming students at the time of admission. While applying to graduate degree programs at GWSB, prospective students may opt in to be automatically considered for all fellowship award opportunities funded by the School of Business as well as various university-funded tuition awards administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF). Unless otherwise stated, no separate application is required.
In limited circumstances, current students may also be eligible for merit-based tuition fellowship awards.
Students in the regular program complete 48 credit-hours in six consecutive semesters, including two summers. Summers are mandatory.
Yes. The MSF Program is designed to accommodate schedules for working professionals. In the first year, classes are held all day on Saturday; and in the second year, classes are held on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.
In general, they cannot. However, students with very strong backgrounds in a particular subject area can petition to waive up to two required courses or to replace with other relevant classes approved by the program director.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 31. Once all required documents have been received, the Admissions Committee will review the file and make admission decision.
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