Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. My background in not in business or economics. Can I still apply?
- Q. Can students waive classes based on experience or academic background?
- Q. Can students transfer courses in coursework?
- Q. When can I apply?
- Q. How will you evaluate my application?
- Q. Is the GMAT or the GRE required?
- Q. What is a good GMAT score?
- Q. What are the codes for GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL Codes?
- Q. Is work experience required?
- Q. What should I write in my statement of purpose?
- Q. What is the cost of the program?
Program and Schedule:
Q. What is MSF?
The GW MSF Program is a unique program that combines the best of a financial engineering program with a master’s of science in finance. The program emphasizes both financial theory and quantitative methods in financial management.
Q. How long is the regular program?
Q. How long is the intensive program?
Q. Does the program allow to be enrolled while working full time?
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.
Q. What will I do the rest of the week?
You can work on assignments for the program. The program recommends that you budget 20 hours (regular program) to 40 hours (intensive) to work on class assignments, depending on your background.
Q. My background in not in business or economics. Can I still apply?
Many of our students come from different professional and academic backgrounds. However, in order to apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree and fulfill the prerequisites of six hours in microeconomics and macroeconomics, six hours in advanced mathematics, including calculus; and three hours each in financial accounting, managerial finance, and statistics. If you lack any of these courses, we recommend that you plan ahead and take them.
Q. Can students waive classes based on experience or academic background?
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.
Q. Can students transfer courses in coursework?
Q. When can I apply?
Q. How will you evaluate my application?
We consider a wide range of criteria when reviewing applications: post-academic performance, depth and breadth of professional work experience, communication skills, TOEFL scores for non-native speakers, and GMAT/GRE scores.
Q. Is the GMAT or the GRE required?
Q. What is a good GMAT score?
Q. What are the codes for GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL Codes?
The code numbers to use for the Master of Science in Finance at The George Washington University School of Business are:
- GMAT: QK4-4F-18
- GRE: 5246
- TOEFL: 5246
Q. Is work experience required?
Q. What should I write in my statement of purpose?
Q. What is the cost of the program?
For more information on the per credit & total cost of each program visit the Student Accounts Office.
Q. Is there any special requirements for International students?
International applicants will need to complete the “Visa Request and Financial Certificate Required for International Applicants” form: they must show a total of $61,200 in Year 1 and $61,200 in Year 2 in the Source of Funds chart.
Necessary verification documents requested for each funding category must accompany the form. If applicants are bringing dependents, the bank statements must indicate additional funds for them. This information is necessary to obtain a visa.
Q. Where can I find additional financial aid information?
The University’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships provides information on financing a graduate degree.
Q. Do you offer career placement services?
Q. What are the types of jobs MSF students land after graduation from the MSF Program?
Q. What are the work opportunities after graduation from the MSF Program?
MSF graduates are offered positions prestigious and attractive international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, and the IFC, as well as at government agencies such as the FED, and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Popular destinations for MSF graduates also include investment banks, hedge funds, and other private financial corporations in Washington D.C., New York City, and other financial hubs overseas.