Frequently Asked Questions about Penn State Great Valley's Master of Finance Program

International applicants: Before applying, please review this information.

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Q: How long is the Master of Finance program?
The M FIN is a 30-credit program.  Courses are offered in an accelerated, seven-week format, so students may pursue the degree on a full-time as well as a part-time basis.  Students who wish to enroll as a full-time student, completing at least 9 credits each semester, can complete the degree in 1.5 years.  For those who elect to pursue the degree on a part-time basis, enrollment is flexible and students are not required to enroll in courses each seven-week term.

Q:  When do classes meet?
Classes meet either weekday evenings or during the day on Saturday.  Evening courses typically meet from 6:00-9:00 p.m. two nights per week; Saturday courses typically meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Some courses include online components.

Q: Is the GMAT or GRE required?
Either the GMAT or GRE will be accepted for admission. Applicants holding an M.B.A. from an AACSB accredited program, J.D., C.P.A., C.M.A,  C.F.A.® or doctoral degree are not required to submit standardized test scores.

Q: When can I apply?
New students are admitted to the Master of Finance program in the fall and spring terms, which begin in August and January, respectively.  Spring applications should be submitted by November 30; fall applications should be submitted by July 30.

International students are admitted only in the fall.  Admission portfolios should be complete by May 31 for fall admission.

Q: Can students waive classes based on experience or academic background?
Students may not waive courses.

Q: Are prerequisite courses required?
Applicants should have successfully completed a minimum of course work in designated areas. Pre-program requirements include advanced undergraduate or graduate course credits in financial management/corporate finance, introductory business statistics, and microeconomics.

Q. Will the Master of Finance program help prepare me for the CFA® exam? 
Students will find a substantial number of courses in the Master of Finance program helpful in preparing for tests required for various professional certificates in finance, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) program.

Q.  What is the employment outlook for Master of Finance graduates?
The following websites are suggested for information on the employment outlook and salaries:

 It is important for students to understand that the information above is for permanent residents and U.S. citizens. Individuals with an F-1 visa may find it considerably difficult to find employers willing to sponsor immigration AND employment.

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