Admissions

Admissions

The ILLINOIS MSF begins in June of each year and concludes the following May.  On October 1, 2014 we will begin accepting applications for admission to the ILLINOIS MSF for June 2015.

The MSF Program reviews applications in batches.  All complete applications are reviewed at each admission deadline.  Those applications that are not complete or are wait-listed are rolled to the next admission deadline.  Admission is highly competitive, therefore it is in your best interest to submit your completed application as early as possible.

Application Deadlines for Summer 2015 enrollment: 

Application Deadline Notification Sent Deposit Deadline
November 5, 2014 December 10, 2014 January 15, 2015
January 7, 2015 January 28, 2015 February 13, 2015
February 4, 2015* February 25, 2015 March 13, 2015
March 18, 2015 April 5, 2015 April 17, 2015

*Last deadline for international applicants not currently in the US on a Visa.


Application Checklist

Application instructions

Only complete applications are eligible for review. You will be able to save your application and return to it. A completed application includes the following documents to be entered and/or uploaded into the application:

  • Résumé
  • Written Statement

o   The 300 word statement is the only statement required.  Applicants Do NOT need to complete the 1500 word statement referenced in the online application.

o   The written statement for the application opening October 1, 2014 is as follows:

Written Statement
In 300 words or less, describe your area of interest in finance and what your goals are upon completion of the MSF program.

  1. Discuss the choices that have led you to your current career path and position
  2. Express your career goals and how the Illinois MSF will help you to achieve these goals
  3. Indicate your desired position upon completion of the Illinois MSF program

Your written statement can be uploaded in the on-line application.

  • Unofficial Transcripts. The unofficial transcripts must include a transcript legend, grade scale or grade criteria. If an offer of admission is made, the OfficialTranscript(s) are required to be submitted upon arrival to campus.
  • Degree Certificate/Diploma If an offer of admission is made, the final Official Transcripts and the Official Degree Certificate(s)/Diploma are required to be submitted upon arrival to campus.
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation. Enter the name and email address of 3 recommenders. The application system will send emails to the Recommenders and request their electronic submission.
  • Provide official GMAT or GRE scores.  MSF applicants are required to submit a test score.  All current and previous results must be reported to the University of Illinois electronically.  Application files will not be reviewed until a GMAT or GRE score is provided.

GMAT Scores are reported electronically by PearsonVue.  Please self-report your score on your application and request PearsonVue to report your score electronically to the University of Illinois MSF program using code “VKRTK14”.

GRE scores are reported electronically by the Electronic Testing Service (ETS).  Please self-report your score on your application and request ETS to report your score electronically to the University of Illinois (Institution Code 1836), Department Code 4102.

If you have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE, please indicate the date you intend to take the exam in your application.  On your test day, please fax the unofficial score report to the MSF office at 217-333-1144 and arrange for an official score report to be sent electronically.

You may make use of the online tutorials and test preps at the GMAT and GRE websites:

o   GMAT

o   GRE

  • Online Application/ fee payment ($70 domestic/$90 international) can be paid by credit card when you submit your online application.

International Applicants must also include:

 

Waiver of TOEFL or IELTS- Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if:

o   you have completed at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

OR

o   you have a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

o    Bank statements

o    Financial affidavit or sponsorship letter (if applicable)

  • Copy of passport information and photo, including dependents if applicable.

Upload All Application Materials into the Graduate Application.

For those who would like to be considered for the Fast Track, please submit the following:

 

For additional information and/or questions:

 

Email: MSFinance@business.illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 244-9203
Fax: (217) 333-1144
Web: http://www.business.illinois.edu/finance/