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Application Process

Villanova’s MSF program is a rigorous academic experience for those individuals looking for a full-time graduate experience. The program prepares students to work collaboratively in a diverse environment and as such our Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach in selecting our small class size each year.

We encourage applicants to apply early to one of the rounds below.  

Please note: The Admissions Committee will not review your application until all required materials have been received.

Application Deadlines

Round 1:  11/15
Round 2:  1/15
Round 3:  3/15 (extended to 3/31)
Round 4:  6/15 (extended to 6/30)

MSF Tuition: $47,600
Living Expenses: $9,000
Total: $56,600


All application materials (transcripts, etc.) should be sent electronically to or when necessary by physical mail to:

ATTN: Andrew Mazar
Graduate Business Programs
Bartley Hall 1064
Villanova University
800 East Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085


Application Requirements

  1. Completed online application for admission
  2. Official transcripts of academic credentials
    One official transcript from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended must be sent to the Graduate Business Office via the information above. Villanova alumni must have their transcripts sent officially through the Registrar's office to the Graduate Business Office.
  3. Two letters of recommendation
    Recommendations can be professional references from individuals who know you in an employment setting (internships work as well) and are written by a current/previous supervisor. For those students who do not have work experience academic recommendations are welcomed. Please refrain from using personal recommendations (family, friends, etc.). 
  4. Resume
    Please prepare a business resume that includes your educational and professional information. 
  5. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    Applicants are required to take the GMAT or the GRE. Please arrange for official reports to be sent directly to Villanova University (Program Code: 8PP-NJ-52 for the GMAT; 2959 for the GRE). The Admissions Committee will consider your highest score if you have taken the test more than once. For more information about the GMAT test and how to register, please visit For information on the GRE, please visit
  6. Two Essays
    The essay questions can be found on the online application.
  7. Non-refundable $65 application fee
    All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $65. The fee is to be paid by credit card on the online application site when you submit.

International Student Application

Requirements for international students are similar to those for domestic candidates. For more information, please visit our International Students information page. Please note the following differences and additions:

  • Official transcripts of academic credentials
    One official transcript from each postsecondary educational institution for which nine credit hours or more of course work were taken. All transcripts (academic records) must be official documents. They must represent a course-by-course evaluation from a translation service such as WES or ECE.
  • Equivalency of U.S. Bachelor's Degree
    Applicants who studied at colleges and universities outside the U.S. should have a degree or diploma that is the equivalent of the U.S. bachelor's degree or higher. International credentials are assessed in terms of the educational pattern of the country, the type of institution attended, and the level of study completed before the expected date of enrollment in VSB. In general, the degree should represent a minimum of 4years of college-level study following at least 12 years of schooling at the elementary and secondary level.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants for whom English is not the primary language. An iBT minimum score of 90 is required. Scores are valid for two years. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. Information regarding test dates, test centers, and fees may be obtained by visiting Please send scores to school code 2952.
  • Financial Support Documents
    The U.S. Department of State requires that international students admitted to an academic program in the United States have a student visa to enter the country and remain here for the duration of the program. Most students attend the program on an F-1 visa. To be issued an F-1 visa you must first obtain an I-20 document from Villanova University. To receive an I-20, you are required to submit proof of sufficient funding.

    You may show funding from different sources as long as the total funding available meets the university’s guidelines for minimum funding for one full academic year of study (MSF tuition), plus $9,000 toward living costs:

MSF Tuition: $47,550
Living Expenses: $9,000 
Total: $56,550

Acceptable proof of funding for privately sponsored applicants is a certified current bank statement on official bank letterhead, signed by an authorized bank official, indicating that sufficient funds exist in U.S. dollars. An explanation of the relationship of the account holder to the applicant (i.e. self, spouse, parents, other relatives) should accompany the funding documents.

All sponsorship letters and bank statements must be written in English and cannot be dated any earlier than one year prior to the start of your program. Documents older than one year will need to be reissued. If you requested and were granted a deferral of admission, you must resubmit your documents dated no earlier than one year prior to the enrollment confirmation date indicated in your deferral letter.

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Kimberly Kane

Manager, Recruitment
Master of Science in Finance Program

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Kimberly Kane
Manager, Recruitment