Villanova University Masters in Finance Update – April 2021

The Villanova University Masters in Finance program has gone through a lot of changes and updates since I last wrote about the program and I thought it was way overdue for a new post. I graduated from this program in 2010 (where does the time go!) and have always had a strong connection to the school and time spent here. I will try and provide a broad overview of the program since some of my older information is dated. I’ll do a separate post in then upcoming weeks or so talking about placements since these have been updated as well. Enjoy!


The Villanova program starts mid-August and lasts 9 months. Students largely follow the cohort model, but there are options for electives to allow students to design their education along their individual interests. The MSF at Villanova is a CFA Institute University Affiliate Program as well.

Tuition 2021-2022 academic year tuition for the entire program is $49,050, not including room, board and books. There are a number of Fellowship awards as well as scholarships, so I encourage anyone interested to inquire about these as they help reduce the cost of the program significantly.


Applicants will need either a GRE or a GMAT, two letters of recommendation, two essays, resume and transcripts. International applicants will also need TOEFL as well as a financial support documentation.

Application Deadlines

Round 1:  11/15
Round 2:  1/15
Round 3:  3/15
Round 4:  6/15

Obviously, the first three deadlines have past. Luckily, you have approximately 3 months to make the final cut off.

Class Profile

I always like posting class profiles as I find them very helpful in guiding an applicants relative competitiveness. This is the class of 2021 profile and should give you a good idea of where you stack up depending on your scores.

  • Cohort size: 42
  • Average GPA: 3.4
  • Average GMAT: 650
  • Average age: 22
  • Domestic / International: 83% domestic / 17% international


There are a number of events coming up where you can connect with the Villanova admissions team. I think these are always helpful and give you a great chance to interact and ask questions directly with the people who will be making the admissions decision.

Hope this helps and make sure to check back soon for another post detailing placement stats.


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