I got an email from the Georgia State University MSF program recently with some updates as well as some frequently asked questions pertaining to the application process that I thought might interest some of you. I will include this along with a more general update on the program as we are reaching the height of application season for anyone considering a MSF this summer or early fall. Enjoy!
These were sent over from admissions and cover some tips and additional information for the most commonly asked question from student. The program is still currently accepting applicants and test scores (GMAT/GRE) are waived this year for anyone considering applying.
- What are the application requirements for the MSF program at GSU?
Prospective applicants are required to submit:
- completed online application
- personal statement
- 5-minute video interview
- GMAT or GRE test score (waived for Fall 2021 start due to COVID-19)
- TOEFL or IELTS for international students
- letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
- What should I include in my personal statement?
The personal statement is a brief essay, of no more than 750 words, detailing your experience both academically and professionally as well as your goals upon completion of the program. This is your time to give the admissions committee insight into the skills you will bring to the program and why you would be a good fit. Make your case and sell yourself!
- Is work experience required to gain admission?
While work experience is not required it can positively factor into the admissions review process. The average work experience for students enrolling in the MSF program is 5 years.
- What can I expect from the video interview?
This is a short 5-minute recording of you answering a series of three behavior-based interview questions. All three questions will be given at the start of the interview and we ask that you answer them to the best of your ability within that time frame. You get three attempts to record the interview to your liking, but please note the questions are randomly selected so they may change.
- Are GMAT/GRE scores suggested or required?
Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this requirement is waived for the Fall 2021 start term. However, this is not guaranteed to be applied towards future terms. With that being said, it is a good idea to note that, if you believe a test score would be useful in helping boost your opportunity for admission (i.e. low GPA, limited work experience) then it is safe to assume it would be required.
- If a GMAT or GRE is included in my application, what score(s) should I aim for?
For admissions consideration a score on the GMAT overall, 600+ or, GRE overall, 307+. While the overall score for each exam is important, the most important portion of the exam is the quantitative section given the heavy quantitative nature of the MSF program. On average, students admitted to this program have a GMAT quant score at or above the 54th percentile or a GRE quant score at or above the 65th percentile. Please note these are averages, not minimums.
- Should I include letters of recommendation? If so, how many should I submit?
While LOR’s are optional for the MSF program application, we do recommend you include at least one. If you have a professional source that is willing to provide a positive reference for you, go ahead and include it. This is especially suggested for those candidates with borderline or average applications that could use the added “boost.”
- What advice can you give as I am considering applying?
Submit your application early! We begin accepting applications as early as one-year prior to the new start term. This will maximize your opportunity for merit-based scholarship funding and allow you to begin connecting to the university that much sooner. For example, for the fall 2022 term our first priority scholarship deadline is set for October 1st, 2021.
- When does the MSF program start?
This master’s program starts in the fall semester (mid-August) each year. We’re still accepting applications for fall 2021! You can apply here.
Here are the remaining deadline, but please keep in mind that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and because of COVID-19 things can change. I would reach out to admissions in the event that you might miss one of these deadlines. I would imagine a compromise can be reached.
- Final Deadline: June 1
Updated tuition costs are below:
- Georgia residents: $37,500
- Non-Georgia residents: $43,500
Also, for those looking to continue their education, but are not ready to commit to a graduate program, you should look at the Graduate Certificate in Fintech Innovation that GSU offers. This is less time and credit hours than the MSF and you can apply your credits to a masters down the road if you decide it is right for you. Definitely a nice feature.
Here is a link to the Georgia State University MSF Program