Applicants must complete and submit an application for the MS in Finance program through the Apply Yourself system. The system allows applicants to save their work and return to it at any time. Supporting materials and the application fee can also be submitted through the online application system.
- A guest profile and password are required to start the online application.
- Select "Summer 2018" for "Entry Term" and "Finance - MS" for "Intended Program."
- Read the instructions below carefully before completing your application.
- Do not submit incomplete applications. All application documents, including recommendation letters, need to be submitted with the application. No changes or updates will be made to an application after submission.
Transcripts for each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit must be submitted with your online application. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts for all higher education courses. We allow for unofficial transcripts or academic records to be uploaded directly to the Apply Yourself online application. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts or academic records prior to your enrollment at the University of Minnesota.
- Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the Apply Yourself online application before you submit the application. Please read important instructions about uploading your transcripts.
- Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation.
- Please do not submit paper or fax copies of this material. This will cause delays in your application processing.
- If you have previously enrolled at any University of Minnesota campus, you can obtain electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services
- International applicants or students with transcripts from a foreign institution should review these details about transcripts. This includes specific instructions for students from Chinese institutions.
All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. If admitted to the program, you must submit official transcripts or academic records before you can enroll at the University of Minnesota. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office from the institution. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation must accompany non-English transcripts. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.
Complete the applicable sections on this page if you are submitting GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.
The GMAT or GRE General Test is required for admission to the MS in Finance program and should be less than five years old at the time of application. The unofficial test scores should be entered directly into the online application. Official test scores should be received by the office within 2 weeks after the application deadline has passed.
For GMAT, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report to code D2N-VJ-02, Carlson Master of Science in Finance. Results arrive 2-3 weeks after the test. For GRE, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report using institution code 6874, U of MN graduate school. Results take up to 8 weeks to arrive.
Upload a current resume that includes a detailed employment history, job responsibilities and accomplishments where prompted for Resume or CV. Please be sure to provide a few bullet points for each position held, as well as dates (month and year) regarding employment and education.
Please refer to "Completion of Calculus Course" and "Completion of Statistics Course" regarding any additional uploads required. You do not need to provide uploads for any of the following fields:
- Graduate Program Additional Application
- Writing Sample
- Description of Research or Work Experience
- Link to Portfolio
Completion of at least one-semester college level calculus course with a grade "C" or better is required at the time of application. The calculus course must be at the level of Calculus I or higher. Upload a course description or syllabus in the first upload on the "Finance" section of the application for the course that satisfies this requirement.
Applicants who have not yet completed a calculus course should not submit an application to the program until they have completed the course and received a final grade.
Completion of at least one-semester college level statistics course is required at the time of application. If the course on your academic transcript does not include the word "statistics" in the course name, please upload a course description or syllabus on the "Finance" section of the application for the course that satisfies this requirement.
Applicants who have not yet completed a statistics course should not submit an application to the program until they have completed the course and received a final grade.
For consideration for admission, please submit a personal statement (750 words, approximately 2 pages max) answering the following three questions:
- Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MS in Finance at this time, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
- Why are you interested in pursuing an MS at the Carlson School of Management?
- What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the Program overall?
Write the Personal Statement as above and upload it as Statement #1. You do not need to upload documents for Statement #2 or Extenuating Circumstances.
We require three letters of recommendation for application to the Master of Science in Finance program. These recommendations can be from any combination of professional and academic recommenders, though we suggest that at least one recommendation come from a supervisor if you have professional experience.
Enter your recommenders' information on the Recommendations page to give your recommenders access to the recommendations system. The contact information for your recommenders can be their professional or personal email address. Once you save the recommendation page, your recommenders will receive an automated email where they can complete an online form and upload their letter of recommendation. Applicants do not have the ability to upload recommendation documents; do not send your recommendations directly to the program office. Recommendation documents must come directly from recommenders through the recommendations system. All three Letters of Recommendations must be received by the application deadline you are hoping to meet in order to be considered for that deadline.
The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for U.S. citizens; and $95 for international applications and U.S. residents with foreign credentials. The application fee will be waived if the applicant has been on active duty in the U.S. military within three years of submitting an application.
Interviews for the program are by invitation only. Candidates will be contacted after the initial review of their application. If applicants are unable to attend an interview in person, arrangements can be made for a Skype interview.