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MSF Program

Admission Requirements

Below is an overview of the application and admission process for the MSF. Please contact us at any time if you have questions, concerns, or feedback you’d like to share.

Standardized Test Scores

GMAT or GRE score  
  • You may waive this requirement if you have two (2) or more years of relevant, full-time work experience and your undergraduate GPA was 3.0 or better.
  • If you do not meet both of these criteria, you must provide your GMAT or GRE score to apply to the MSF program.
  • Your GMAT or GRE score is not the most important factor in the admissions decision, but it will be considered as part of your overall application.
  • In general, our most competitive applicants have a GMAT score of 550 or better or an equivalent GRE score. Use this chart for sample conversions of GMAT and GRE scores.
  • If you are providing your GRE score, the quantitative reasoning part of the score will carry the most weight when we review your application. This is because the MSF Program curriculum has a very rigorous quantitative focus, so your quantitative reasoning skills are the most relevant to the coursework you would take.
When reporting your GMAT or GRE score to Brandeis, please use the code 3122.
For international students: TOEFL or IELTS score  
  • You may waive this requirement if English is your native language or if you have completed either four (4) years of study at an undergraduate institution or two (2) years of study at a graduate institution that is located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • If you do not meet either of these criteria, you must provide your official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to apply to the MSF program.
  • In general, our most competitive applicants have a score of 600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 90 or better on the internet-based TOEFL exam; or 7.0 or better on the IELTS.
  • When reporting your TOEFL or IELTS score to Brandeis, please use the code 3122.
  • You will also need to provide an official English-language translation of your academic documents.

Undergraduate Performance & Coursework

  • Our most competitive applicants have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or better.
  • In particular, top applicants have earned mostly A’s in their quantitative coursework.
  • Most students entering the MSF program have undergraduate degrees in Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, or Statistics.
  • While it is not necessary that your undergraduate major be in one of these areas, you should have completed at least basic undergraduate coursework in business and at least one course in statistics.

Professional Experience

  • It is strongly recommended that you have at least two years of professional experience before applying to the MSF program. (The type of experience is more important than the amount.)
  • Ideally, this professional experience will have exposed you to quantitative and/or analytical principles and thinking, even if you have not worked in the financial industry.
  • Because the MSF is a very pragmatic and professionally focused program, having solid, relevant skills before you begin your coursework equips you to “hit the ground running” as soon as you start your studies – and to be well positioned to find your ideal job when you graduate.

Letters of Recommendation

  • You will need to provide two (2) letters of recommendation when you apply to the MSF program. These letters may be from academic contacts, professional contacts, or both.
  • When you Apply Online, you will be able to view a sample letter of recommendation.

Admissions Essay

  • An admissions essay (with a maximum length of two (2) pages, double-spaced, in 12-point font) is required as part of your application to the MSF program.
  • When you Apply Online, you will be provided with guidelines for writing your essay. 

Application Fee

  • An application fee of $55.00 USD is required at the time you apply. When you Apply Online, you will be able to choose your payment method. Payment is accepted via all major credit cards.