Admission Requirements

Online Drop-In Office Hours

Have a quick 15 min. question? Our admission team is available for questions during online drop-in office hours. Click the link below to join our Zoom meeting room. (Mountain Time)

Online drop-in hours:

Monday: 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m.

Out of Office Hours:  Drop-in office hours will be unavailable June 20, July 4, July 25, Sept. 5, Nov. 24, and Nov. 25.

Drop-in to the Zoom Room

Application Components

We recommend submitting the MSF online admission application at least 2 weeks prior to program deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible – even if official test scores and letters of recommendation have been requested but have not yet been received. The online application will ask for personal information such as your address, social security number, date of birth and questions used to determine residency status. If you would like more information about determining your residency status, please contact the Office of Residency.

After submitting your application, you can verify that all application materials have been received by logging into the application portal. Admissions decisions are typically returned 2-4 weeks after applications are completed. Note that the application process is completed entirely online. Please do not mail any application materials to our office.

The David Eccles School of Business seeks candidates who are professional and ethical. These behaviors are considered when making admission decisions. Candidates are expected to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and disposition in their interactions with program staff, fellow students, and faculty.

MSF applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university. An academic or employment background specifically in business or finance is not required to apply to the MSF program.

International applicants holding a three-year degree do not qualify for the program. To be considered for the program, you must complete an additional year of college work from regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent in your home country. You may contact to determine the number of credits required to satisfy our four-year degree requirement.

Applicants must have earned their bachelor degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

For international applicants who attended an institution that did not use a 4.0 GPA scale, transcripts will be evaluated by University of Utah International Admissions officers. Your GPA will be converted to a 4.0-scale equivalent after you submit your application.

English Language Proficiency is required. International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussion and interact with faculty and peers. Click here for more info and to find a list of countries where English proficiency may not be required.

  • Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Those who score below the minimums must schedule to re-take the exam well before the international final deadline. The University of Utah reserves the right to request additional proof of English proficiency from an applicant. Applicants may be required to complete a video interview.

The MSF program minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL (iBT or computer version only): 90
  • IELTS (IELTS Academic only): 6.5
  • Duolingo (effective March 26, 2021): 105

Score Reporting

Official TOEFL/IELTS scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

  • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah. If the test does not give you a number code option, then please select the University of Utah. Do not select the David Eccles School of Business. This will ensure we receive your official score report. Please note that paper-based scores are not accepted.
  • During or after the IELTS exam, you have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.
  • Duolingo: Please log into your Duolingo account, select the “Send Results” button next to your test results, and select the University of Utah as the receiving institution.

F-1 Visa Information

  • I-20 documents are required if admitted into the program. Admitted students must submit documents before posted I-20 deadline for their start term to ensure issuance of an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.
  • If you hold another visa type, most admitted students will be required to switch to an F-1 prior to beginning their program.
  • We accept recommendations from professors whom you know well and supervisors from your place of work.
  • If you’re lacking in professional experience, we can accept recommendations from either a volunteer supervisor or an internship supervisor.
  • Follow the instructions on the application in order to have recommendation forms sent to your recommenders.

Statement of Purpose Essay 1  – 750 word maximum

In no more than 750 words, describe why you are choosing to pursue an MSF degree. You may include information about what you hope to achieve while in the program and mention goals for after the program. The intent of this essay is to convey to the Admission Committee how the MSF will contribute to your goals, and how you will in turn contribute to the program. Focus your energy on painting a concise, complete, and well-thought-out picture of who you truly are, rather than present what you think the admissions committee is looking for in response to essay questions.

Optional Essay – 250 word maximum

The Additional Information section of the online application gives you the opportunity to address any perceived weaknesses in your academic transcripts or application. We strongly encourage students to utilize this if your GPA is below our admitted average, or if you have failed or repeated courses on your transcript. You are welcome to contact the admissions team before submitting your application if you have questions.

  • Make sure to update your resume.
  • Include your employment history in reverse chronological order with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time.
  • Include your education in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned.
  • In your online application, you will be asked to list all colleges or universities you’ve attended, and to provide unofficial transcripts for each. The college or university name needs to be on your transcript.
  • Please ensure the following information is included on your unofficial transcripts: your full name, the name of the school, semesters, course numbers, course titles, grades, semester GPAs and cumulative GPA.
  • Official English translations must be provided if the transcripts are in another language.

Application Fee Details:

  • You’re required to pay a non-refundable application fee to submit your online application. Domestic applicants must pay $55.00 and international applicants must pay $65.00.
  • Applicants who apply during the rolling deadline will pay an additional $30.00. This charge will be applied after Nov. 15 for spring submission and after April 1 for summer and fall submission.

Seat Fee Details:

  • If you’re admitted into the MSF program, then you must pay a non-refundable seat fee. A domestic student is required to pay $185.00, while an international student must pay $300.00. Your payment will secure your place in the program and go toward paying a portion of the total tuition bill that is due in the first semester.

Students are required to have completed the following prerequisite courses with a C or better prior to applying and receiving an admission decision. Work experience cannot substitute the completion of prerequisites.


  • Introductory Accounting (U of U BCOR 3010, ACCTG 5050 (offered online), or equivalent)
  • Financial Management (U of U BCOR 3020, FINAN 5050 or equivalent) or Series 7 license or passed CFA Level I

The program has two co-requisites that can be taken as part of the graduate courses in the program. The admissions team will evaluate your transcript(s) to find equivalent courses taken.


  • Statistics (U of U OIS 2340, FINAN 6510, or FINAN 6510)
  • Intermediate Excel (U of U FINAN 4020 or FINAN 6040)

Prerequisites and the co-requisites are in addition to the graduate course requirements and will not count toward program completion. Prerequisites and co-requisites are subject to change.

Academically high-achieving students have the option to bypass the admissions committee and receive an admission decision sooner. Qualified Fast Track applicants also waive the following application requirements:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

In order to qualify for Fast Track, you must meet these requirements at the time of application:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Must have already completed the prerequisite courses (see above) with a B or higher

Fast Track instructions:

  • In the online application and within the David Eccles School of Business Supplement section, type “Fast Track” in the question that asks what admissions path you qualify for.
  • In order to bypass the required Recommenders section, for the name values in recommendations one and two, put MSFFT. For the two email address fields, put and
  • In order to bypass the required Statement of Purpose section, upload a Word doc with the following typed at the top: FAST TRACK APPLICANT.

Please note that letters of recommendation submitted with Fast Track applications may not be reviewed.

Please contact us with any questions.

  • Take your time writing a thoughtful Statement of Purpose. Ask a friend or two to read through it to ensure it makes sense and conveys what you want it to.
  • Ensure you have all of your unofficial transcripts ready for your application. Did you take concurrent enrollment courses in high school? We will need those transcripts as well.
  • If there is a circumstance that you would like the admissions team to be aware of while reviewing your application, consider answering the Optional Essay question asking about any perceived weaknesses in your application.
  • Have questions about any component of the application? Email
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