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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Come visit and find out why students choose Olin. Sit in on a class, have lunch with one of our students, and meet with our faculty and staff.

Application Deadlines

We make our admissions decisions according to the deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. They will be shifted to the subsequent rounds until all required materials have been submitted.

Application Deadlines for fall 2014



Notification on or before:
1 October 1, 2013 December 15, 2013
2 November 15, 2013 January 25, 2014
3 January 4, 2014 March 31, 2014
4 February 15, 2014 April 20, 2014
5* April 1, 2014**

June 1, 2014

*Accelerated MSF, Global Master of Finance Dual Degree, and Master of Finance & Global MBA dual degree notification date is May 1, 2014, due to earlier start date.

**After April 1 we move to rolling admissions, during which we continue to accept applications on a first-come, first-served space-available basis. If you intend to apply during rolling admissions, please contact Nikki Lemley, Associate Director of Specialized Masters Programs Admissions, or email us at to confirm that seats are still available.

For professionals working full time in the St. Louis area, part-time study options are available in the Corporate Finance and Investments Track. Applications are invited for both fall and spring matriculation on a rolling admission basis.

Washington University Undergraduate Students

If you're a Washington University student who is interested in pursing a Master of Science in Finance degree, it is recommended that you contact Nikki Lemley prior to entering your junior year.


What does it take to be admitted to Olin's MS/Finance program?

We review each applicant on a number of factors, looking for individuals with strong academic, professional and extracurricular activities. We base our selections on your past performance, quantitative skills and communication skills. To ensure diversity in each entering class, we admit students with various backgrounds, experiences, talents, and interests.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, comparable to Washington University's four-year bachelor's degree, at the time of enrollment in the MS/Finance program.

Although professional work experience is not a requirement for admission, most successful applicants have had significant internship and/or work experience prior to acceptance into the MS/Finance program.


Applicants to the Corporate Finance and Investments track should have taken Calculus I, Statistics (preferably two courses), and Microeconomics.

Successful applicants to the Accelerated Master of Science in Finance program and 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. Some background in the applications of computing to quantitative problem-solving is especially valuable.

All enrolled students will be required to take a readiness exam for Intermediate Accounting prior to the Foundations course.


Total number of full-time students 26
Median age 23
Average GMAT 695
Average GPA 3.44
Female students 23%
International students 15%
Students with previous full-time work experience 31%
Part-time students 8


Total number of students


Median age

Average GMAT 734
Average GPA 3.57
Female students 27%
International students 86%
Students with previous full-time work experience 4%