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Master of Finance Admissions

We are thrilled you are considering the Rady School of Management for your Master of Finance. The Rady Admissions team takes a holistic approach to reviewing all applicants and in recruiting a cohort that reflects academic excellence, innovation, diverse perspectives and hard work. We encourage you to explore the application process, meet our advisors, and to take the time to put together a high quality application that reflects you and your career aspirations. This is your opportunity to invest in yourself and make the impact you want to have on the world.

While most applicants have undergraduate degrees in finance, economics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics, other majors will also be considered. Post-university work, internships, or research experience in a quantitative discipline is also considered.

Candidates are required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score. A free GMAT Mini-Quiz is available for you to get a feel for the examination.

A strong quantitative background is required, as evidenced by a high quantitative score on the GRE or GMAT.

Experience with statistical applications and programming is favorably considered (Examples: Python, SAS, STATA, MatLab, R, S-Plus). If you are new to Python we recommend you also complete a course on programming in Python from Data Camp or Coursera

Contact us for information on upcoming deadlines.


Application Checklist

Application Form

Fill out the application form online.


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.

Resume or CV

Submit your up-to-date resume or CV.

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).


All applicants are required to submit two recommendations. It is highly encouraged that recommendations be submitted online. It is most important that recommendations be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your ability and academic promise.

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.

GMAT or GRE Scores

GRE/GMAT scores are required for applicants to the Master of Finance program. Please note you may submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE scores, 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

The Rady Admissions Office encourages all applicants to prepare appropriately for these examinations. Study can be done individually, in classroom environments, or online. Though the Rady School does not endorse any particular test prep organization, the following are organizations that have been utilized successfully by previous applicants:

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

  • TOEFL scores are to be sent from ETS to institutional code 4836. 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 released electronically to Rady/UC San Diego
  • 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.

Application Fee

The application fee is $120 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $140 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 four to eight weeks to determine if the admissions committee would like to schedule an interview.  Interviews are completed via an online and asynchronous interviewing platform. The Rady Admissions Office reserves the right to request live interviews in certain cases.

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