MSF FAQs

Villanova’s MSF will prepare you to enter the world of finance with the technical skills, hands-on experience and industry knowledge that employers seek. The Gmelich Lab for Financial Markets will give you access to real-time financial data in a state-of-the-art immersive learning environment as well as a chance to manage a real investment fund. Additionally, you’ll finish with your Bloomberg Certification.

Yes, all programs offered by the Villanova School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the professional accrediting body for business schools.

Classes begin in mid-August. The Villanova MSF program only enrolls once per year, with a fall start only.

The Villanova MSF program is a full-time commitment for nine months. You’ll manage a full course load that consists of classroom hours during the day, coursework, a professional development program and group work.

The Villanova School of Business does not currently offer a part-time MSF program.

Although we do not have an MBA/MSF degree, we do offer an MSF-to-MBA option, which allows MSF graduates to apply up to 12 of their MSF credits toward the Villanova MBA. Students do need to apply for the MBA program separately once they’ve completed the MSF.

The MSF curriculum is an in-depth study of financial theory and its real-world application. The MBA curriculum is broad-based, covering accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management and information systems.

The MSF curriculum is uniquely designed to focus on all areas of finance to provide our students a strong background across the financial services spectrum. Many of our MSF students prepare for both the first or second parts of the exam during or directly after graduation—several incoming MSF students typically tend to have passed Levels 1 and 2 prior to starting the program.

Additionally, Villanova MSF students are able to apply for a scholarship to be applied toward the CFA exam fee. Two MSF faculty members are CFA Charter holders and walk our students through the preparation process.

The application deadlines are.

Round 1:  11/15
Round 2:  1/15
Round 3:  3/15
Round 4:  6/15 

To apply, you should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, finance, engineering or mathematics and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.

The Admissions Committee recommends taking econometrics, macroeconomic theory or mathematics of economics to enhance your quantitative skill background.

Yes. Many of our incoming MSF students have work experience prior to starting in August. While it is not a requirement, it is a favorable addition to students’ applications.

Yes. The GMAT is required for all applicants; Villanova will also accept the GRE for admission into the MSF program.

The 2021-2022 academic year tuition for the entire program is $49,050. In addition, the university assesses a $50 general fee each semester.

Please note that if you require additional coursework beyond the standard curriculum, your tuition costs will be higher.

Financial aid in the form of student loans is available.

Students participating in the MSF Fellows program receive reduced tuition charges.

The Villanova School of Business is pleased to offer merit scholarships to academically and professionally accomplished students. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission and thorough evaluation of a variety of indicators, including (but not limited to) rigor of coursework, undergraduate GPA and standardized test scores. Once admitted, you will be given an option to fill out a Scholarship Request Form in your admissions portal. 

The MSF Fellows program is a graduate assistantship position that allows students to pursue their MSF degree with reduced tuition charges while obtaining paid research experience and exposure to faculty members. You will need to apply separately—please see the pdf application here.

  

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Kimberly Kane
Manager, Recruitment
Master of Science in Finance Program

 

MSF Info Session:
July 29

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about the Master of Science in Finance curriculum, format, application process and more.