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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the admissions requirements to pursue an MSF degree?
A. Applicants to the Corporate Finance & Investments track must have taken Calculus I, Statistics (preferably two courses), and Microeconomics. Successful applicants to the Quantitative Finance track will demonstrate outstanding aptitude for advanced quantitative finance materials and a passion for the quantitative aspects of problem- solving. Students who have majored in Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Economics, Engineering, Physics, and Statistics are especially encouraged to apply to the Quantitative Finance track.

All external applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE prior to submitting an application. Current, full-time, Washington University students are waived from this requirement for the MSFC and MSFQ tracks. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result if they are not eligible for a waiver.

There are no minimum test score requirements for this program; however, you can find the most recent class profile on our Admissions webpage.

Q. What is the minimum number of credits for the MSF Corporate Finance and Investments track?
A. The minimum number of credits for the MSFC track is 30.5, over three semesters (summer, fall, spring).

Q. What is the minimum number of credits for the MSF Quantitative track?
A. The minimum number of credits for the MSFQ track is 39, over three semesters (fall, spring, fall).

Q. Why are there a greater number of international students in the Quantitative Finance track vs. the Corporate Finance track?
A. International students can apply to either the Corporate Finance & Investment (MSFC) track or the Quantitative Finance (MSFQ) track of Olin's MSF program. There are several reasons why international students are attracted to our MSFQ track. The MSFQ track is longer (three semesters, while the MSFC is only a summer and two semesters) and therefore students need to be able to engage in a search for full-time employment almost immediately upon arriving at Olin. This is difficult to do for any student, and may be especially difficult for international students who are new to the United States. International students are also attracted to the MSFQ track because of the opportunity to pursue an internship between the 2nd and 3rd semesters, and the longer duration of time they are able to spend in the US to experience a new culture. The MSFQ track is also STEM-designated which allows students to extend their OPT up to an additional 17 months beyond the regular 12-month period for a total of 29 months. Finally, our international applicants tend to have broad exposure to highly quantitative coursework, making a quantitative program an attractive option. That being said, if you are an international student, you should apply to the track that is of greatest interest to you.

Q. My future goal is to pursue a PhD program in Finance. Does pursuing an MSF assist me with admission into a PhD program?
A. Some students in our program do go on to pursue a PhD; however, it is not typical. With the appropriate academic background, students may go directly from their undergraduate studies to a PhD program.