Master of Finance Admissions

The following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • Undergraduate degrees in finance, 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 or internship experience in a quantitative field.
  • Post-university work, internship or research experience in a quantitative discipline.
  • 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 statistical and econometric applications (Examples: SAS, STATA, MatLab, R, S-Plus). If you are new to R we recommend you also complete a course on programming in R from Data Camp or Coursera.
  • Experience with mathematical tools (Examples: MatLab, or Mathematica).

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Fall 2020 Deadlines

  • November 1, 2019 - Early Decision Deadline
  • December 1, 2019 - 1st Round
  • February 1, 2020 - 2nd Round
  • Deadline Extended May 1, 2020 - 3rd Round / International Student Deadline
  • June 1, 2020 - 4th Round Deadline
  • July 1, 2020 - Domestic Deadline


Application Checklist

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

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form online.

2. Transcripts

Provide unofficial academic transcripts by uploading a PDF (front and back sides of each page) directly into the online application. Official transcripts are not required until you are offered admission by UC San Diego.

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. Recommendations are accepted online in PDF format. They can come from either academic or professional references. 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 be no longer than 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font. The Rady Mission Statement: The Rady School of Management develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. Please choose two of the following words from our mission statement: entrepreneurial, innovation, collaboration, knowledge. Discuss how the two words you have chosen have played a role in your academic and/or professional career.

7. GMAT or GRE Scores

The Master of Finance program accepts either GMAT or GRE scores.  You must submit an official test score report in order for your application to be considered. 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 official score(s).

  • 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 scores are to be sent from ETS to institutional code 4836-02. Minimum scores for TOEFL: 90, however, competitive applicants’ average scores are above 100.
  • IELTS scores are to be sent directly from the British Council or test-taking institution. The minimum IELTS score is 7. Select University of California, San Diego as the institution and have them send scores directly to our Graduate Admissions office at: Rady School of Management, Master of Finance Program, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
  • PTE test takers must select the University of California, San Diego as a score recipient, then submit a copy of your scores directly to our Graduate 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.

TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived for applicants who have studied at least one full academic year in an undergraduate or graduate institution in a country where English is the dominant language. If you maintained a 3.0 GPA during one academic year in the university, then you are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS. Be sure to include all of your university transcripts in the application. The Admissions Committee will look at your transcripts and see if you are eligible for a waiver. They will then update your application.

9. Application Fee 

The Fall 2019 application fee is $105 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $125 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 as quickly as possible to review your application. Applications are reviewed as they are received and decisions made on a rolling basis.

  • After you submit your application, you will receive an automatic email confirmation. It is your responsibility to make sure all parts of your application are complete.
  • Once you have submitted a complete application, it will be reviewed within 4-8 weeks to determine if the admissions committee would like to schedule an interview.

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