Ohio State University Masters in Finance Update – May 2020

Ohio State Masters in Finance

The Ohio State University Masters in Finance program is one of the earliest MSF programs that I covered and one that is pretty close to my heart. I’ve been on campus, met students and watched the program grow and develop over the years. The program is a mature masters in finance offering at this point with years of experience and placements. I last wrote about it in January, but found some additional information that I think will be of interest.

SMF Career Outcomes

I came across the some 2019 career outcome data that the Ohio State program posted. Looks pretty good.

  • Average Starting Salary – $61,650
  • Placements (6 months out – domestic) – 100%
  • Placements (6 months out – international) – 78%

The placements are pretty impressive percentages are pretty impressive and I like the fact that the school breaks them up. This is helpful. The starting salary isn’t bad either.

Ohio State doesn’t provide year by year specific placements by company, but they do show an aggregate over the years. You can see the entire infographic here. I decided to upload it instead of linking to the site since the outcomes page will change yearly and this will allow you to compare results easier next year.

The school compares placements by industry and you can see a drop in the number of students going into corporate finance/investment banking year over year. Real estate and investment management placements increased pretty markedly and consulting held steady. Geographically, graduates work all over the US (and internationally), but within the states it looks like a concentration east if the Mississippi.


GMAT/GRE scores are still required, but the school will accept the at home test. I am not seeing a Duolingo English Test that is being accepted for international students. This is new to me. What is new is the fact that the application deadline has been extended, giving students additional time to get their package submitted. Domestic students have until June 30, 2020, to submit your application and until July 15, 2020, to complete it.

Tuition is $56,651 (effectively the same for in state and out of state students). There are a number of merit based scholarships as well as fellowships offered to particularly strong applicants.

I will try and get an updated student review since I really have no excuse for not having more of them for this program. The school does provide an alumni testimonial page. There are a number of reviews. I’ll email the school and see if I can get something more fulsome.


Here is a link to the Ohio State University Masters in Finance Program


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