Admission: Master of Finance

Part-time students are admitted each fall and spring semester.  To ensure a full-time schedule, students who are attending on an F or J visa are admitted in the fall semester only.

International applicants: Before applying, please review this information which includes application requirements in all visa categories.  Prospective international students may view a PowerPoint Presentation on admission to the Master of Finance program here.

Application Requirements for Degree Admission

For admission to the Master of Finance degree program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

Admission is granted jointly by the Penn State Graduate School and the academic program at Penn State Great Valley. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes decisions based on the quality of an applicant's credentials relative to other applicants. Admission will be granted only to those candidates who demonstrate high promise of success for graduate work.

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at

If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Online application
    • under major sought, enter Finance; under degree sought, enter M FIN
  • Upload to the online application:
  • Enter name and contact information of the two people who will provide your recommendations.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores reported to The Pennsylvania State University (GMAT code:  CTG-CV-59; GRE code 2660).  Applicants holding an MBA from an AACSB accredited program, JD, CPA, CFA, CMA, FRM, or doctoral degree are not required to submit standardized test scores.  more information 
  • Non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University. more information
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Penn State students do not need to submit transcripts. more information.  Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete.

Learn more about how to apply.

Concurrent Programs

Penn State offers an opportunity to pursue 2 degree programs on a concurrent basis. For information:  Concurrent Programs 

Helpful Information

The Admissions Committee will review your undergraduate and graduate transcript. Individuals with a combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. Your area of concentration and the balance of communication and analytical courses are also considered. Periodically, exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made for individuals with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

The GRE and the GMAT
The Graduate Record Admission Test (GRE) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE gauges undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study and is often required for admission into a master's degree program.  To register and prepare for the test, visit Test scores are to be supplied by the Educational Testing Service and sent directly to Penn State Great Valley (code 2660).

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), used by approximately 1,300 graduate management programs around the world, helps assess the qualifications of applicants by measuring the general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills associated with success in the first year of study.  To register and prepare for the test, read the GMAT Bulletin. When evaluating GMAT scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing strengths. Typically, applicants with a minimum score of 500 will be considered for admission. Tests taken within five years of application will be considered. Test scores are to be supplied by the Educational Testing Service and sent directly to Penn State Great Valley (Code CTG-CV-59).

A GMAT preparation course is offered by Penn State Great Valley's Continuing Professional Education Department.

A listing of your academic and/or professional history and accomplishments.  Your resume should emphasize your analytical, creative, and professional competencies.

Statement of Intent
A one-page statement of intent should outline your planned career path with information about short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help 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. The statement of intent offers you the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills and to provide pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program.