How to Apply to the Master of Science in Finance

Apply for free to the Master of Science in Finance for Fall 2020 admission. There are too many barriers preventing high-potential students from pursuing a graduate degree. We don’t believe the application fee should be one of them.


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Application Requirements
Program Requirements
Application Deadlines
Scholarship Deadlines
Additional International Student Requirements


MSF Program Requirements

The Portland State MSF is open to professionals and recent graduates with business and non-business degrees.

Course Prerequisites
Intro to Financial Accounting: BA 211 or equivalent (4)
Intro to Managerial Accounting: BA 213 or equivalent (4)
Intro to Statistics: STAT 241 or STAT 243 or equivalent (4)

To determine if certain courses fulfill the prerequisite requirements, please submit all transcripts to the Graduate Business Programs office ( Transcripts will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt.


MSF Application Requirements

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Laura Bald, Admissions Manager

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Essay Questions (250 words maximum per essay)

Essays are your time to let us know who you are beyond GPAs and test scores. Use this opportunity to provide us with a better understanding of your personal interest, unique background, and overall fit for our program.

  1. How have you developed problem-solving strategies in your professional or academic career? What is your process for solving a problem?
  2. If you were starting a company tomorrow, what would be its top three values?
  3. Describe your specific career aspirations and explain how the PSU MS in Finance degree will contribute to those aspirations.

    Additional International Student Requirements


    Application Deadlines for Fall 2020 Start

    Admissions decisions are made within 3 to 4 weeks of a completed application. All required materials must be submitted to begin the application review.
    Benefits of applying earlier in the application cycle:
    • Eligibility for a larger amount of admissions scholarships
    • More time to prepare for the start of term
    • Invitations to exclusive events for students
    Application rounds application Deadline
    Round 1 November 15, 2019
    Round 2
    Priority Scholarship Deadline
    February 1, 2020
    Round 3 May 1, 2020

    Rolling Admissions begins May 1, 2020. After May 1st, admission may be granted if space is available. 
    If you are applying after May 1st, please contact the Graduate Business Programs office
    at or 503-725-8001 to discuss space availability


    Scholarship Deadlines for Fall 2020 Start

    The PSU University Scholarships are distributed by the university-wide scholarship system through a separate application from the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships, which can be awarded at the time of admission. The PSU University Scholarships and the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships are available to both domestic and international candidates.

    Scholarship Types application Deadline
    PSU University Scholarships February 1, 2020
    Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships May 1, 2020
    Other External and PSU Scholarships Various deadlines
    Other International Student Scholarships Various deadlines