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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 35.8k / Year
  • Deadline:
  • 2 February 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 329pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, available in a blended format, transforms today’s best professionals into rising industry leaders. Created by the distinguished faculty of the McDonough School of Business, this world-class curriculum and revolutionary online learning platform deliver the essential skills to take your finance career to the next level.

    As an MSF student, you learn firsthand from a faculty of accomplished scholars and teachers. Our program provides working professionals, from anywhere in the world, the opportunity to deepen their business and technical finance skills, and experience a Georgetown University education where faculty are committed to high-quality teaching.

    Engage in a finance degree program that offers a curriculum of intensive coursework, real-world applications, a global outlook, and a commitment to ethical values. When you graduate from Georgetown University with your MSF degree, you will be on your way to taking your place among global financial leaders with a library of knowledge that includes:

    • The ability to value stocks, bonds, and derivatives using cutting-edge valuation methods
    • A comprehensive understanding of how to evaluate corporate investment projects in a strategic context
    • An appreciation for the importance of ethical decision making
    • The ability to construct an efficient portfolio using the latest techniques for estimating expected returns and risks
    • A thorough understanding of how markets work according to the Efficient Market Hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis of Behavioral Finance
    • The ability to blend sophisticated modeling with a global mindset in the management of corporate risks 

    The 21-month MSF program consists of 32 credits:

    • Six Core Courses
    • Four Selective Courses
    • Orientation Residency - July of first year prior to program start
    • A Weeklong On-site Residency - October of first year
    • Capstone Global Consulting Project - May of second year

    A Format to Match Your Learning Style: Anytime Media and the Blended Classroom

    Our technology-intensive program has flipped the classroom in an innovative way. Each week, students work through the course material – at a time of their choosing – using our Anytime Media platform. The primary component of this technology is the Professor Presentations, a sequential series of high-fidelity videos in which professors speak directly to students with a virtual whiteboard. Each Professor Presentation comes with a searchable transcript so students can find key words or phrases and, with one click, be taken to the corresponding moment in the video. Our Anytime Media also consists of practice problems, team discussion posts, and other material.

    The weekly culmination of each course unit is the 90-minute MSFLive evening session where students participate in a case discussion with their professor and classmates. Cases involve real-world business problems faced by actual firms and require students to apply their assigned readings and Anytime Media. Moreover, students often use what they have learned to address pressing business challenges in their daily work.

    With our Blended Classroom, students have the option each week to attend MSFLive evening sessions on campus or online and receive the same educational experience. Despite their geographic distance, students and professors interact as if they are next to one another. We see this combination of our cutting-edge Anytime Media and Blended Classroom as the future of education at preeminent universities around the world.

    This finance degree is enhanced with on-site and in-the-field components to further immerse you in the vibrant Georgetown University community of students, scholars, faculty, professionals, and policymakers. During the weeklong on-site residency, students work on a case competition alongside fellow students and McDonough School of Business faculty. As a McDonough student, you are welcome to visit campus for seminars, conferences, and talks featuring our renowned faculty and their colleagues from other leading universities, as well as, prestigious alumni and top financial professionals from around the world.

    In the capstone Global Consulting Project, students apply their coursework and skills to conduct a real-world consulting project for an international firm and take their final presentation abroad in a weeklong visit to the client’s country. The capstone project marks the end of our students' journey to their MSF degree. It also provides an invaluable and relevant experience that students can immediately apply to their current or upcoming career in finance.

    Program Component



    Core Curriculum

    Financial Markets



    Financial Accounting



    Corporate Finance



    Financial Econometrics



    Advanced Corporate Valuation and Modeling



    Principled Financial Leadership


    On-site Requirements

    On-site Campus Residency [one week]


    Program Selectives

    Selective 1



    Selective 2



    Selective 3



    Selective 4



    Global Consulting Project





    Semester structure: 3-credit courses offered in 7-week modules

    Experience Georgetown University: On-site Residency

    This weeklong residency occurs after students complete their first core course: Financial Markets. While on the Georgetown University campus, students will work together on a case study competition, experience the Georgetown University campus, and get better acquainted with their classmates and professors.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    • BA or BS from an accredited university. While prior academic coursework in finance is helpful, it is not required.
    • We use your GMAT or GRE scores to assess your aptitude for the program but we will also carefully examine your overall academic record, your performance in challenging courses, and the quality of your undergraduate institution. Though it is helpful to have prior coursework in finance, accounting, and statistics, it is not mandatory.
    • We do consider applicants without post-baccalaureate work experience, but such experience is valued and considered by the MSF Admissions Committee.
    • Admissions Essay. We want to know about you. Why do you want to be an MSF student at Georgetown University? What are your career goals after completion of the MSF program? Are there any “red flags” in your application? (e.g., a poor academic performance in a semester)
    • Application fee: one-time, non-refundable fee of $150.
    • Personal statement
    • Résumé
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals well acquainted with the applicant’s professional experience
    • Official GMAT or GRE scores and test date
      • Georgetown University GMAT code: JT7-G0-38
      • Georgetown University GRE code: 5781
    • Official transcripts
    • Official TOEFL/ILETS scores (if applicable)
    • Video conference Interview (interviews typically last 5-10 minutes)
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