USF School of Management Master of Science in Financial Analysis - Professional
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MSFA Admission

Application Requirements, Deadlines, and International Applicant Information

For information on tuition, scholarships, and financial aid, please review the Financing Your Education page.


  • Official Transcript(s) – Upload copies of transcripts from each accredited college or university attended to the online application. If admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided. For transcripts from schools/universities outside of the U.S.A. – please refer to the International Applicants section below.
  • Required Foundation Courses – Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Accounting, Probability and Statistics, Calculus courses, and knowledge of spreadsheet applications.
  • Résumé – Submit a current résumé demonstrating relevant work experience. Professional MSFA applicants must have a minimum of two years of full-time, post-undergraduate professional experience.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. MSFA and Accelerated MSFA applicants must submit at least one recommendation from a college professor who is well acquainted with their academic capability. Professional MSFA applicants must submit at least one recommendation from a professional contact. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application for electronic submission. If the recommender must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that they complete this form to include with his/her letter.
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay – A 500 to 1000 word essay about yourself, your background, and your short- and long-term professional goals is required. Please be sure to address why you have decided to pursue this degree at the University of San Francisco. You may also want to include information about your family and personal interests.
  • GMAT/GRE – A GMAT or GRE score is required for the MSFA and Accelerated MSFA programs (a GMAT or GRE score is not required for the Professional MSFA program). Upload a copy of your score report to the online application. You must also request that an official score report be sent to USF from ETS (GRE) or GMAC (GMAT). The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. The USF code for the GMAT is 91M-7L-93.
  • Interview – The University of San Francisco School of Management interviews are by invitation only. As such, should you be selected to interview, an invitation will be sent to the email account associated with your online application and include all necessary details.
  • English Proficiency – All applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score. Any applicant who has completed two or more years of a degree program at a higher education institution in the U.S.A., or any of the exempt countries listed in the International Applicants section below, is waived of this requirement. 


Fall 2015

Professional MSFA

Application Deadline
Tests Taken By
Notification Date
Deposit Date
November 15
November 1
December 19
January 23
January 15
January 1
February 20
March 16
March 15
March 1
April 17
May 18
May 15
May 1
June 19
July 17
June 15
June 1
July 13
July 24

Spring 2016


Application Deadline
Tests Taken By
Notification Date
Deposit Date
June 15
June 1
July 24
August 21
August 15
August 1
September 25
October 23
October 15
October 1
November 25
December 18
November 15
November 1
December 4
December 18

Have questions? Please contact to set up an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.

*International applicants are encouraged to apply no later than the Round 4 deadline to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.

**Applications received after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

International Applicants

We welcome students from around the world to the Traditional and Accelerated Master of Science in Financial Analysis program. We are unable to admit any F-1-seeking international students to our Professional Master of Science in Financial Analysis program.

In addition to the application requirements, international applicants must submit the following:

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Minimum exam score requirements are as follows:

TOEFL (internet-based): 100
TOEFL (paper-based): 600
IELTS: 7.0
Pearson Test of English Academic: 68

International Applicants who receive a TOEFL (internet-based) score of 92-99, a TOEFL (paper-based) score of 573-599, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a Pearson Test of English Academic score of 62-67 may be admitted based on successful completion of the USF School of Management United States Business Communication and Culture Program (USBCC).

Exempt Countries:

United States of America
American Samoa
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Grand Cayman
New Zealand
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of Palau
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom


Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) (academic record) in the original language of your institution.
  • Official degree conferral certificate(s) indicating degree completion or expected date of completion.
  • English version of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s). A notarized English translation of your transcript/degree conferral certificate or evaluation by a credentials service is required if the university does not issue English language transcripts.

Once admitted to the program, all applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts. Instructions on how to send official, sealed transcripts will be provided at the time of admission. As such, it is important have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.

Certification of Finances

Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must verify that they (or sponsor(s)) can fund their tuition and living expenses during their studies in the U.S. The Certification of Finances along with any required bank statement(s), bank letter(s) or sponsorship letter(s) should be uploaded to the online application. Funds required for each degree program are indicated on the Certification of Finances form.


Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application.

International Skill Verification Services

USF strongly recommends that candidates from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, undergo the International Skill Verification Services (ISVS) and the International Study Candidate Assessment Process (ISCAP).

You may participate in the ISCAP from any quiet, private location with a good Internet connection, such as a room in your home or office, using a laptop or desktop computer with a working camera and microphone. The ISCAP is a guided live interview-based process that requires no specific preparation. It is designed give universities a better sense of your spoken English and ad hoc English writing skills, as well as give you the opportunity to powerfully share who you are with us. Please schedule your assessment as soon as possible on the ISVS website and send your ISCAP report to the University of San Francisco School of Management upon completion.

Learn more about the international student experience at the USF School of Management.