Business Administration Finance


Why study Business Administration Finance?

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Finance is ranked 7th overall (4th among public institutions) among the best, most affordable programs in the nation by Master of Finance Degrees.

Designed for our world’s future financial leaders, the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Finance program provides students the training in both the theory and application of financial concepts needed to succeed in the industry. Our nationally-ranked program is among the Top 10 best value programs in the country, allowing you to get the most out of your investment, while also putting your career at the forefront.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Resume - Ensure your resume clearly lists the dates of any professional (ex: full-time role, internships, co-ops), volunteer, non-profit, or any other leadership experiences. There is no formatting requirement, however, please review your resume for any grammatical mistakes and it should not be longer than 2 pages.

Transcript - You must have a US bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or for international students the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree by the time of application. You may submit an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and degree documents if applicable) with your application; official transcripts will be required if you're admitted and enroll.

If you are an international applicant, you may be required to submit a NACES approved course by course evaluation on your transcript. Contact the Graduate Programs Office to see if this is a requirement for your program.

Essays - Please complete the following prompt in 500 words or less:

Why do you want to complete this program and how will it help you in your chosen career field?

Letters of Recommendation - Please select two recommenders who will be able to discuss your professional performance, academic performance, and/or work style. This can include previous supervisors, faculty members, or mentors. Letters of recommendation must come directly from the listed recommender on your application.

IMPORTANT: Your application will not move forward in the review process until we receive both letters of recommendation.

Standardized Tests - The GMAT and GRE are optional, however, we will consider the scores in the application process if submitted. The admissions committee accepts the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test scores.

Test scores must be sent officially from the testing agency to UC.

Application Fee - Applicants are required to compete the $65 ($70 for international applicants) fee payment in order to complete their application:

Whether your interest is in financial planning, investments, real estate, corporate finance, or risk management and insurance, our MS Finance program enables you to fast track your career. Recent graduates have accepted jobs in a wide variety of fields, including investment banking, corporate finance, wealth management, financial risk management, portfolio management, lending, financial planning and analysis, private equity, equity analyst, and real estate development.

The degree of Master of Science in Finance is granted to those who satisfactorily complete the required course work, carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 or more. The degree must be completed within five years of acceptance into the program.  All students must contract for graduation and be enrolled for at least one credit hour of study during the academic year of graduation.

Students can transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit from an AACSB accredited university. The course must have been taken within the past five years, with a grade of B or better. Courses must be approved by the academic director.

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. This includes submitting an IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo test score. Please click the link below to see the minimum score to be eligible for the program.

     Entry Exam Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

- Apply by the priority deadline for first consideration for funding, an earlier admissions decision, additional time to find housing, and for international students, additional time to secure your visa

-Applications will close when a program reaches capacity, so it's important to apply early

-Your application is not considered complete until we have all the application materials (listed below)

Summer 2024

  • Part-Time start only
  • Priority: February 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic: April 15, 2024
  • International applicants are not permitted for Summer part-time start

Fall 2024

  • Priority & international deadline: January 31, 2024
  • International deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic: July 31, 2024

Spring 2025

  • Priority & International deadline: October 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic: December 1, 2024
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business holds AACSB accreditation. AACSB International business accreditation is an achievement earned only by programs of the highest caliber. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. Less than one-third of U.S. business school programs and only 15% of business school programs worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation.

Contact Information

Graduate Programs Office
1319 Carl H. Lindner Hall
2906 Woodside Drive, PO Box 10211
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0211
(513) 556-7020

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Program Code: 22MAS-BAF-MS