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Ohio State Specialized Master’s in Finance: Overview





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Introduction to Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance

The Fisher Specialized Master in Finance (SMF) degree program allows you to practice in real life what your professors teach you in the classroom. You’ll dive deep into a variety of financial issues and select courses from specialization areas so you can provide focused expertise to your employer right from day one.

The SMF program covers 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). Students who successfully complete the program will be well-prepared to take the CFA Level 1 exam. The program also prepares students for the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) exam.

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Program Costs + Living Expenses: Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance


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  • Housing: $12,096
  • Books and supplies: $1,082
  • Miscellaneous / personal: $5,922
  • Student health insurance: $3,366

The total estimated living expenses for the SMF program are approximately $22,466 per year.

Employment Prospects: Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance


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Financial Analyst

Investment Banking Analyst

Portfolio Manager

Risk Manager

Corporate Finance Manager

Financial Consultant

Asset Manager

Hedge Fund Analyst

Graduates typically find positions in a variety of industries, including:

  • Commercial Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Risk Management

Eligibility Criteria for Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GMAT or GRE score (may be waived if you meet certain conditions)
  • English language proficiency (if your native language is not English)

Documents required: Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance

The committee will thoroughly review essays, resumes, transcripts, and test scores to find the top candidates for the Fisher Specialized Master in Finance program. It is critical that you present your strengths, profile your professional experiences and potential, academic excellence, and give us insight into your personal experiences and goals for the future.

Application Deadlines - Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance

Early August 2023The 2024 application is open.
November 27, 2023University Fellowship deadline: Fellowship eligible1 applicants need to submit by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.
January 12, 2024Priority consideration for SMF merit-based financial aid/scholarships
March 22, 2024International students: Final application deadline for admission consideration.
May 28, 2024Domestic students: Final application deadline for admission consideration.

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Scholarships Available: Ohio State Specialized Master's in Finance

Merit-based scholarships

  • Fisher College of Business Merit Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to incoming SMF students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. Awards range from $6,000 to $18,000.

  • The Ohio State University Graduate Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded to the most outstanding incoming SMF students. They provide a full waiver of tuition and general fees, plus a monthly stipend ($2,000) for one year.

Need-based scholarships

  • Ohio State University Financial Aid: Ohio State offers a variety of need-based scholarships to graduate students. These scholarships are awarded based on the student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information.

  • External scholarships: There are also a number of external scholarships available to SMF students. These scholarships are typically awarded by private foundations, corporations, and other organizations.

Specializations & Electives Offered

  • Corporate Finance: This specialization focuses on the financial decision-making of corporations, including capital budgeting, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Investments: This specialization focuses on the analysis and valuation of securities, including stocks, bonds, and derivatives.
  • Financial Risk Management: This specialization focuses on the identification, measurement, and mitigation of financial risks, including market risk, credit risk, and operational risk.
  • Real Estate: This specialization focuses on the financial aspects of real estate, including property investment, financing, and development.

In addition to the four specializations, students can also choose from a variety of electives, including:

  • Advanced Financial Modeling
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • International Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Portfolio Management 

FAQs About MIF

There is no minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement. Typically, eighty percent of our incoming class fall in the 3.0 to 3.7 range, with the average GPA for each program around 3.4. We take a holistic approach to reviewing your application and consider more than just your GPA.

No. Only students enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program at the university may request permission to take a graduate-level elective course. Core courses are only open to students enrolled in that respective Fisher program, pending space availability and instructor/department permission.  Questions or permission requests can be sent to [email protected].


The TOEFL score is valid for 2 years.

We will review your application with unofficial copies of your transcript. These copies may be scanned, faxed, or mailed. Final official hardcopies of the transcript(s) will be required if you are admitted and choose to enroll at Ohio State.

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

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Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

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Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

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