Students applying for admission will be evaluated primarily on undergraduate grades GPA (all majors can apply). The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for all applications who apply for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 admission due to limited availability of tests caused by COVID-19. The TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo will be required for non-native English-speakers who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university, though this requirement may be waived based on an interview or other considerations. Work experience is not required. There are no specific course pre-requisites because the first course FIN 600 will introduce all the basic finance concepts to all students.

Application Process

The application is open till all seats are filled. Our capacity is 84 students.

Prospective students must apply online at the Graduate School via the following link

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted to the Graduate School. Please note the MSF program does not require letters of recommendation.

Spring admission is considered if either one of the following two conditions is met:

  • Applicant plans to finish the program in more than two semesters.
  • Applicant's undergraduate major is finance with a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.

Completion of the application does not guarantee admission into the MSF program. Applicants will be evaluated primarily based on their undergraduate grade point average (GPA), their GMAT/GRE scores, and their TOEFL/IELTS scores. 

Required Application Materials

  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS or DUOLINGO score if you are an international student (the TOEFL Institution Code for the UK Graduate School is 1837, and IELTS scores should be sent directly to us from the International English Language Testing Service specifying the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky as the recipient institution.)
  • Undergraduate transcript if your transcript is in a SECURE pdf file, please print the file out and re-scan it to upload, otherwise the system cannot see it.

Minimum Test Scores & Additional Considerations

  • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 2.75.
  • We accept either TOEFL or IELTS or DUOLINGO: minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Minimum DUOLINGO is 115 plus an online interview.

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