Deadlines and Important Dates
For admission in spring 2018:
Early Deadline — October 15, 2017
Standard Deadline — November 15, 2017
Please note that applications received by the early deadline will receive priority consideration. The cohort may reach capacity and close before the standard deadline.
Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicants' credentials. A portfolio will be developed for a broad-based assessment of each applicant for the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your portfolio items have been submitted.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies is required.
Prior to starting the Master of Finance program, applicants who do not have a sufficient background in business statistics, financial management/corporate finance, and microeconomics will be expected to enroll in online self-paced, non-credit mini-courses. The objective is to establish a baseline knowledge in these disciplines and to prepare the student for the advanced coursework in this program. For more information on pre-program coursework, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials. Your admission will be considered once your application portfolio is complete.
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Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee.
You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA & Test Scores — Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
Official GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years are required. Preferred applicants will have a GMAT score (or GRE equivalent) of 500 or better.
Applicants may request a waiver if they meet one of the following criteria:
- must have a 3.3 GPA or better from an undergraduate or graduate school with an AACSB-accredited business program, and have an average of B+ or better in quantitative courses such as math, economics, statistics, accounting, and finance
- hold an MBA from an AACSB-accredited program
- hold one or more professional certifications including a CPA, CFA, CMA, FRM, or doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., MD, DO, or JD)
Submit your test scores directly from the testing center to Penn State using the following codes:
GMAT: Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley - School of Graduate Professional Studies - Master of Finance, CTG-CV-59
GRE: 2660 for Pennsylvania State University
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
References — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé (one-to two-pages) to the online application.
Statement of Intent — In one page, describe your short- and long-term professional goals and how enrolling in the Penn State Master of Finance program would help you achieve them. It should also include your expectations of the Master of Finance program and the skills and strengths you would bring to the cohort. Upload your one-page statement to the online application.