The admission team takes a holistic approach when reviewing all applications for the MSM-Finance program and encourages applications from candidates who have strong quantitative skills with an interest in gaining a working knowledge of focused financial theory along with a network of regional, national, and international business contacts.
The application process for the MSM-Finance program is completed entirely online. We will review applications using unofficial documents that are uploaded directly to the online application by the applicant. Learn more about the documents required to complete your application here. We are unable to review any application that is not complete.
In order to ensure the timeliest review of an application, do not mail any documents to our office as this will significantly delay the process. The Weatherhead School of Management MSM-Finance admission team reserves the right to request official documents from applicants at any time during the application process.
At the Weatherhead School of Management, admission to the MSM-Finance program takes place during three admission rounds. The MSM-Finance admissions team cannot guarantee that any application completed after the Round 3 deadline will be considered for admission, and we reserve the right to deny admission to applications that remain incomplete after the final admission deadline.
To be eligible to apply to the MSM-Finance program, all applicants must have completed or be on track to complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the start of the program.
The following items must be submitted in order for an application to the MSM-Finance program to be considered complete and able to be reviewed for admission:
The online application captures the following information: contact information, demographic information and educational and employment history. Along with the above information, applicants are also required to submit a current resume, answer two essay questions and provide the contact information for two recommenders as well as pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting and the required supporting documents can be uploaded to the application after clicking “Submit.” However, please note that text information cannot be changed once the application is submitted.
All applicants are required to answer two essay questions before the application can be submitted. Each essay has a limit of 500 words.
Essay 1 (required response): Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree. How does it fit with your long and short-term goals? How have your academic, career or life experiences prepared you for this program? What strengths will you bring, and what knowledge and insights are you hoping to develop during this learning experience? Are there any concerns about your application that you would like to address?
Essay 2 (choose from the following four topics and indicate in your response which topic you are addressing):
- Describe a situation where your academic or professional ethics were challenged and how you dealt with the situation. What did you learn from the experience?
- What is the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
- Throughout our lives, we have significant experiences, or “milestones,” that have a lasting impact on us. Briefly describe such an event and its impact on you.
- If the program that you are applying to is not the same as your undergraduate major, please explain your interest in this field and why you would like to pursue it now in your educational career. How did you become interested in the topic and what are you hoping the program can offer you?
A current resume is required before your application can be submitted. The resume should include all work experience including part-time work as well as internship and co-op employment. We understand that you may have new experiences that you may want to add to your resume after your application is submitted; however, your resume cannot be updated after you click “Submit.”
Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary school work are required for the completion of an application. Applicants should upload transcripts in the “Transcripts” section of the online application (this can be done either before or after clicking “submit”). Official transcripts are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the MSM-Finance program.
International applicants whose university transcripts do not show a cumulative GPA (on any numeric scale) must submit a transcript evaluation prepared by World Education Services (WES).
Additionally, international applicants who have or will have earned a three-year bachelor’s degree are required to submit a transcript evaluation prepared by World Education Services (WES). The Weatherhead School of Management MSM-Finance program will recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as the WES evaluation indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
If an applicant needs to complete a WES evaluation for either of the reasons above, his or her application will remain incomplete until the WES evaluation has been received.
The MSM-Finance admission team accepts either GMAT or GRE exam results, and we do not have a preference as to which exam our applicants choose to take. It is our strong recommendation that an applicant upload a score report only after they are satisfied with their scores and do not plan to retake exams in hopes of earning a more competitive score. An unofficial GMAT or GRE score report is required for the completion of an application. Applicants should upload score reports in the “Test Documentation” section of the online application (this can be done either before or after clicking “Submit”). Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the MSM-Finance program.
GMAT Code: WTJ-F1-17
GRE Code: 0687
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting a score report from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams (we have no preference as to which exam our applicants choose to take). It is our strong recommendation that an applicant submits a score report only after they are satisfied with their scores and do not plan to retake exams in hopes of earning a more competitive score. An unofficial TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report is required for the completion of an application. Applicants should upload score reports in the “Test Documentation” section of the online application (this can be done either before or after clicking “Submit”). Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the MSM-Finance program.
Waivers are extended to international applicants that meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. If the applicant is from a country where English is not an official language, the transcript must state that English was the language of instruction.
- Three years of full-time work experience in a country where English is an official language.
TOEFL Code: 1105
All applicants must enter the names, relationship, and contact information of two individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. Once the contact information is entered by the applicant, the MSM-Finance admission team will notify the recommender by email to upload their letters to the applicant’s online profile. It is our recommendation that each applicant follow up with his or her recommenders to ensure timely submission of the letters of recommendation. The application will remain incomplete until both letters of recommendation have been received.
Applicants are prompted to pay a $100 fee when they submit their application. Credit card payments are preferred, but checks are accepted. If an applicant chooses to mail a check, he or she must mail payment to the address below:
Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
Please note: Credit card payments are automatically added to an application. If an applicant chooses to pay by check, his or her application remains incomplete until the admissions office has received the check. Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline.
Each supporting document must be uploaded to your online application for admission consideration. Some applicants require time to take the GMAT or GRE. Considering this, our team may interview applicants who have not yet taken either test (or who plan to retake a test for a higher score) but whose undergraduate transcripts and work history demonstrate high performance. Please note: An offer for admission cannot be extended with an incomplete application package. Weatherhead does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline to receive a decision by the corresponding notification date. An offer for admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. If an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline, Weatherhead reserves the right to deny the application.
Applicants interested in scholarship consideration are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability. Scholarship offers are included in the decision letter.
Tuition and costs
For class entering Fall 2014
* Please note these costs are contingent upon obtaining all of the necessary approvals.
$500 for each additional credit hour taken in the same program
(Students will receive an additional certificate from the Department of Banking and Finance upon successful completion of 39 credit hours in this program)
* Current tuition, health insurance and technology fees for the cohort entering in fall semester 2014. Tuition rates and fees are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.
** Expenses are based on estimates. Actual costs will vary based on personal spending choices.
*** CWRU does not offer housing for graduate students. However, neighborhoods surrounding the university offer many housing choices a short walk or bus ride away from campus. Visit our graduate housing site for more information.
Financing your degree
Financial aid is available through Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Financial Aid. This is a separate procedure from the admissions application process and is administered solely by the Office of Financial Aid. Funding is available for U.S. applicants or international applicants whose cosigner is a U.S. resident.
Applicants to the MSM-Finance program should indicate whether they wish to be considered for scholarships in the “Financial Aid and Funding” section of the online application. Consideration for scholarships does not require a separate application and does not affect the admission decision.
Scholarships are offered based on a combination of academic and professional achievement. We consider transcripts, work experience, and GMAT or GRE scores when disbursing scholarships. Additionally, we interview candidates to gain insight into their potential to contribute in the classroom.
Yellow Ribbon Program
As a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions to partner with Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fees. Weatherhead is a proud participant in this program.
A master’s degree is an investment, and one option to fund your education is a student loan. Weatherhead does not endorse any specific lender or receive compensatory benefit from any lender. We recommend careful consideration and comparison of all lending options and terms before entering into a loan agreement.
Loans are given to students who have demonstrated financial need and repaid in accordance with the specific terms of the loan. Student loans may be private or government-sponsored, subsidized (need-based) or unsubsidized (non-need-based). Interest may not start to accrue until after graduation or it may begin immediately.
The university’s Office of Financial Aid provides detailed information on the types of loans that are available and how to apply for them.