Master of Finance


Fall 2015 Deadlines
March 30, 2015*
June 1, 2015

*Final deadline for international applicants

Undergraduate degrees in economics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics will be considered. Students with non-quantitative undergraduate degrees will be considered on an exceptional basis if they have work experience in a quantitative field.

We are now accepting applications to the Fall 2015 Master of Finance program. Final Deadline for International Applications is March 30, 2015. To apply for admission, please use our online application form.

The following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • Post-university work or research experience in a quantitative discipline is recommended, but not required.
  • Experience with statistical and econometric applications (Examples: SAS, STATA, MatLab, R, S-Plus).
  • A strong quantitative background including coursework in subjects such as linear algebra, multivariate calculus, differential equations, numerical analysis or advanced statistics and probability.
  • Experience with mathematical tools (Examples: MatLab, or Mathematica).

Application Checklist

A completed Master of Finance application will include the following components:

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form online.

2. Transcripts

You may provide academic transcripts in two ways: upload a PDF or Word document of your transcripts directly into the online application, or you can have your academic records sent to us from the institutions at which you studied. If you upload your documents and are offered admission, official transcripts of all your previous academic work will be required to verify the information provided in the uploaded files.

For international applicants ONLY: All international transcripts require an official translation into English by a certified translator. International applicants must submit a certified copy of their diploma indicating the degree received.

3. Resume or CV

Submit your up-to-date resume or CV.

4. Quantitative Background

Provide details regarding your experience with computational programming (for example, C++) and with statistical, econometrics and mathematical applications and tools (for example, SAS, Stata, MatLab, R, S-Plus, Mathematica).

5. Recommendations

All applicants are required to submit two recommendations. It is highly encouraged that recommendations be submitted online. However, the recommendation form can be downloaded and signed, sealed and sent to the Rady School directly. It is most important that letters of recommendation be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your ability and academic promise.

6. Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should address (1) your educational and professional background as they relate to the Master of Finance program, (2) your career goals and (3) how you expect to contribute to the Rady student community.

7. GMAT or GRE Scores

The Master of Finance program accepts either GMAT or GRE scores.  You may submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE, but the final admissions decision will not be made until we have received your scores.

  • The code for the GMAT is 3NS-ZK-27.
  • The code for the GRE is 4836.

8. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)

TOEFL or IELTS scores are to be sent from ETS to institutional code 4836-02. Minimum scores for TOEFL: Paper 550; Internet 80. The minimum IELTS score is 7. For the PTE, select the University of California, San Diego as a score recipient, then submit a copy of your scores directly to our Master of Finance admissions office at: Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553. Include your registration ID number and exam date on your application. Official scores will be verified online. The minimum PTE score is 65.

9. Application Fee 

The Fall 2014 application fee is $90 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $110 for international applicants. The non-refundable fee is payable by credit card through the online application. You may also pay by check, following the instructions in the online application. If you choose to pay by check, please note that your application will not be processed until your check has been received.

After You Apply

The Rady School admissions team works quickly to review your application, giving you time to make the right decision for your Master of Finance studies. Applications are reviewed as they are received and decisions made on a rolling basis.

  • After you submit your application, you will receive confirmation and instructions for further action, if necessary.
  • Once you have submitted a complete application, it will be reviewed to determine if the admissions committee would like to schedule an interview.
  • Interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only. We prefer to conduct interviews in person to get to know you better and learn more about your background and goals. For out-of-state candidates, arrangements can be made for Skype interviews.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Rady Admissions Office.

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