Ohio State University MSF Update


It has been a little while since I provided an updated on the Ohio State University MSF program and there have been a lot of changes. This was one of the older, more established programs and has always been one of the more popular MSF’s. The school has managed to keep up with the times and provided relevant updated for prospective students. As more changes occur, I will endeavor to all of you updated.


2019 Applications are now open

For all candidates looking to apply to Ohio State’s Specialized Master in Finance (SMF) program, the 2019 application is now open.


STEM Certified

As I have written about before, the STEM certification has grown in importance for MSF programs, especially for international students trying to decide where to apply. Having STEM certification allows international students to stay in this county, post-graduation, for an additional 12-months (totaling 24-months). Considering how difficult it is for international students to find specific jobs, the additional year in the country is a major advantage.

Career Outcomes

  • Avg. Starting Salary – $65,090
  • % Students Employed within 4 months of graduation (of those seeking employment)
    • Domestic – 100%
    • International – 80%
  • Larges Employment Industry – Financial Services/Commercial Banking – 59%

The OSU program has placed students across the country, as well as in China and Taiwan. The MSF program has placed students at some of the below companies (this is not an all encompassing list).

  • Duff & Phelps
  • American Express
  • US Bank
  • Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
  • Ernst & Young
  • Accenture
  • Bank of China
  • Nationwide

I’d love to see a full list of employers (I have posted many of them in previous posts), but this sampling and salary data is very helpful. Ohio State has a dedicated career individual who helps students when it comes to finding a position as well. The program has implemented a mentor program to work with students also.

2017 Class Profile

  • Class size – 55 students
  • Avg. GPA – 3.55
  • Avg. GMAT – 655
  • % International – 66%

This is a good size class for a school like Ohio State. They have the facilities and experience with a larger number of students (keep in mind, this isn’t a very large class size). The international class comes from around the world, including Germany, Greece, Belgium, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Taiwan, Indian, etc. In conclusion, a very diverse class of students.


February 16, 2018: Guaranteed consideration for SMF merit-based aid/scholarships.
March 16, 2018: International Students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.
May 1, 2018: Domestic Students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.

Please note, that after the 2/16 deadline, students will be considered on a funds available basis. After 5/1, students will be considered on a space available basis.

I hope this helps all of you considering the OSU MSF program. It is one that I know pretty well, having visited the campus years back when the program first started up. The school brand is well known in the states and having been around so long gives them a track record as well. Keep checking back for more updated on this great program.


Here is a link to the Ohio State University MSF Program


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