Admissions Requirements: Master of Science in Finance

July 31, 2021
30-38 credit hours
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stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 3.0 from your previous institution is required before applying for the MS in Finance. A complete application packet must include the following:

  • Official GRE or GMAT scores
  • Unofficial transcripts used for admissions review.
  • Official academic transcripts required when offered admission
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Career goal statement
  • Resume
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)
You may be exempt from the GRE/GMAT for Fall 2021-Summer 2022 if:
  • You have completed at least 6 graduate credits at UC in a relevant field with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Have 7+ years of relevant work experience with demonstrated advancement.
  • Have an undergraduate business degree from a domestic AACSB accredited institution with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher within the last 3 years.
  • Have a professional license or certification in a relevant field.


  • Application for Admission; Choose “Masters of Science in Finance” on the application
  • Application fee ($65 domestic/$70 international)

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation. At least one should be a professional contact, and the other can be academic.

Please note that the name and email address of each recommender is required.

Goal Statement

Statement of purpose essay explaining in less than 500 words how the Lindner MS in Finance will further your career goals.

Current Resume or CV

GMAT or GRE Scores

Please note that any submitted test scores will be considered regardless of waiver eligibility.

Applicants seeking a GMAT/GRE waiver should request consideration before submitting a test score.

Unofficial school transcript(s)*

Unofficial school transcripts are required for the application, including University of Cincinnati transcripts.

* Once accepted, applicants will need to send official transcripts to OR the following physical address:
Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

Additional information is available at or you can contact your Enrollment Services Advisor for additional guidance.

International Students

An official TOEFL/IELTS is required for all international applicants.

International applicants must also submit foreign transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES;

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