MSM-Finance Admission Information

Thank you for considering the Weatherhead School of Management! Before you start your application, please read the following instructions carefully.

The admissions process begins when you submit your online application and upload the required documents listed below. This allows our team to learn more details about your educational and work background. Your essays should describe your interests and goals and show how the Weatherhead MSM-Finance program fits into that picture.

The Weatherhead School of Management admission team takes a holistic approach when reviewing all applications for the MSM-Finance program. We encourage applications from candidates who have strong quantitative skills with an interest in gaining a working knowledge of focused financial theory and a network of regional, national, and international business contacts. We look for applicants who are interested and interesting.


All eligible applicants must have completed or be on track to complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited (credentialed) institution by the start of the program.

There are no coursework or minimum test score requirements.

Apply Online—Please read before starting!

The application process for the MSM-Finance program is completed entirely online. Here are some important things to note before you begin:

  1. We will only review applications that are complete with all the required materials by one of the admission round deadlines. If you miss a deadline, we will move your application to the next round for the term in which you have applied. The MSM-Finance admissions team cannot guarantee that any application completed after the Round 3 deadline will be considered for admission.
  2. Please do not mail official documents or other materials to our office as this may delay the processing of your application. For security reasons, international students should not mail financial documents unless you are admitted and you decide to enroll.
  3. You only need to upload unofficial documents for the application review process. If admitted and you decide to enroll, we will require your official documents at that time. The Weatherhead Admissions Team reserves the right to request additional verification of the accuracy of all information and materials submitted.
  4. The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting. You can officially submit by:
    • Filling out the online application form (contact information, demographic information, educational history, test scores and employment history)
    • Uploading your resume
    • Uploading two essays (500 words each)
    • Provide contact information for two recommenders
    • Paying the $100 application fee

    After clicking “Submit,” you may log back in to your application later to upload your supporting materials (transcripts, test scores). International students may also need a transcript evaluation or Proof of English Language Proficiency as described below.

  5. Please note that you cannot make changes to your application once it is submitted. If you must make a change, please email

Application Requirements

The items listed below must be submitted online in order for an application to be considered complete and able to be reviewed for admission. To be fair and consistent to all applicants, we make no exceptions.

Submitted online application

Before you can officially submit your application, you must fill out the online application form. This form captures the following information: contact information, demographic information, educational history and employment history. Along with this form, applicants are also required to submit (upload)

  • A current resume
  • Two essays (500 words each)
  • The contact information for two recommenders
  • Pay the $100 application fee


All applicants are required to answer two essay questions before the application can be submitted. Each essay has a limit of 500 words.

Essay 1 (required response): Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree. How does it fit with your long and short-term goals? How have your academic, career or life experiences prepared you for this program? What strengths will you bring, and what knowledge and insights are you hoping to develop during this learning experience? Are there any concerns about your application that you would like to address?

If your undergraduate degree is not in the discipline of finance, please explain your interest in this field and why you would like to pursue it now in your educational career. How did you become interested in the topic and what are you hoping the program can offer you?

Essay 2 (choose from the following four topics and indicate in your response which topic you are addressing):

  1. Describe a situation where your academic or professional ethics were challenged and how you dealt with the situation. What did you learn from the experience?
  2. What is the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
  3. Throughout our lives, we have significant experiences, or “milestones,” that have a lasting impact on us. Briefly describe such an event and its impact on you.

Current resume

A current resume is required before your application can be submitted. The resume should include all work experience including part-time work as well as internship and co-op employment. Please be aware that your resume cannot be updated after you click “Submit.”

Unofficial transcripts

You are required to submit transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate school where you have earned a degree. Separate transcripts are also required if you received any transfer credit from another university. You will upload your transcripts in the “Transcripts” section of the online application (can be done before or after clicking “submit”).

Only unofficial transcripts are required for the completion of an application.

Official transcripts are only required if an offer of admission is extended and you choose to enroll in the MSM-Finance program. Official transcripts must state the degree earned and the date the degree is conferred. If not, you must also provide an official degree certificate from your school stating the above information.

International applicants whose university transcripts do not state either a cumulative GPA or total average scale on any numeric scale (i.e., 3.5/4; 3.5/5; 100/88) must submit one of the following:

  • A transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES)
  • A transcript evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • An official certificate from your university stating your cumulative GPA or total average score on any numeric scale (examples: 88/100, 3.5/4.0, 3.8/5)

You must also upload your universities official grading scale. We do not accept self-reported scores.

The Weatherhead Admissions team reserves the right to require additional verification of transcripts, grading scales or official certificates that are uploaded to your application. If documents are not authentic or inaccurate, we will deny admission.

Additionally, international applicants who have or will have earned a three-year bachelor’s degree are also required to submit a transcript evaluation prepared by WES or ECE. The MSM-Finance program will recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as the WES or ECE evaluation indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.

We will also accept unofficial or student copies of the WES or ECE that are uploaded to the application. For more information, you may contact:

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, New York 10274-5087
Telephone: (202) 331-2925
Fax: (212) 739-6100

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203-3470 USA
Telephone: 414-289-3400

If you need to complete a transcript evaluation for either of the reasons above, your application will remain incomplete until the WES or ECE evaluation has been received.

Please Note: When ordering your transcript evaluation, you must specifically request that a copy be sent to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University by selecting us in their drop down box.

GMAT or GRE score report

The MSM-Finance admission team accepts either unofficial GMAT or unofficial GRE exam results. We do not have a minimum test score requirement.

You will upload your unofficial score report in the “Test Documentation” section of the online application (either before or after clicking “Submit”). Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and you choose to enroll in the MSM-Finance program.

Please Note: You should only submit a score report if you are satisfied with your most recent score. If you plan to retake the exam in hopes of earning a more competitive score, please wait to upload your new report since you will not be able to change it after you submit.

GMAT Code: WTJ-F1-17
GRE Code: 0687

Proof of English Language Proficiency (for applicants whose native language is not English)

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting a score report from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams. We do not have a preference. While we do not have a minimum score requirement for TOEFL, we recommend you have a score of at least 100 to be competitive. (See profile of incoming class at Class Profile).

You will upload your unofficial score report in the “Test Documentation” section of the online application (either before or after clicking “Submit”). Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and you choose to enroll in the MSM-Finance program.

Please Note: You should only submit a score report if you are satisfied with your most recent score. If you plan to retake the exam in hopes of earning a more competitive score, please wait to upload your new report since you will not be able to change it after you submit.

WAIVERS are extended to non-native English speaking applicants that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. If you are from a country where English is not an official language, the transcript must state that English was the language of instruction.
  2. If you are in a “two plus two” program where you complete the final two years of your degree at a university where English is the primary language of instruction, the TOEFL is waived.
  3. Three years of full-time work experience in a country where English is an official language.

TOEFL Code: 1105; Department Code: 02

Letters of recommendation

All applicants must enter the names, relationship, and contact information of two individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. Once the contact information is entered by the applicant, the MSM-Finance admission team will notify the recommender by email to upload their letters to the applicant’s online profile. It is our recommendation that each applicant follow up with his or her recommenders to ensure timely submission of the letters of recommendation. The application will remain incomplete until both letters of recommendation have been received.

$100 application fee

Applicants are prompted to pay a $100 fee when they submit their application. Credit card payments are preferred, but checks are accepted. If an applicant chooses to mail a check, he or she must indicate check in “Payment Type” and then mail the payment to the address below:

Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management
MSM-Finance Admissions
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235

Please note: Credit card payments are automatically added to an application. If you choose to pay by check, your application remains incomplete until the admissions office has received the check.

Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline or because of inaccurate information or documentation.

Each supporting document must be uploaded to your online application for admission consideration. Some applicants require time to take the GMAT or GRE. Considering this, our team may interview applicants who have not yet taken either test (or who plan to retake a test for a higher score) but whose undergraduate transcripts and work history demonstrate high performance. Please note: An offer for admission cannot be extended with an incomplete application package. Weatherhead does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline.


The MSM Finance program has three application rounds as listed below. Applications must be submitted by one of these deadlines to receive a decision on the corresponding notification date. If you miss a deadline, your application will moved to the next application round.

An offer of admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. If an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline, Weatherhead reserves the right to deny the application.

The MSM-Finance program does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.

Applicants interested in scholarship consideration (merit based) are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability. Merit based scholarship offers are included in the decision letter.

Round 1
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Notification Date: January 15, 2015
Round 2
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Notification Date: March 16, 2015
Round 3
Deadline: March 18, 2015
Notification Date: April 23, 2015
* Rolling basis after March 18
** Notification three to four weeks after completed application is received

Tuition and costs

For class entering fall 2015.

$49,980 per year ($24,990 per semester)
Management fee
$200 per year ($100 per semester)
Health insurance fee   
$1,640 per year ($820 per semester)
Books and supplies   
$1,800 per year ($900 per semester)
Housing and living expenses   
$13,000 per year ($6,500 per semester)

Please note: The tuition listed is for the required 30 credit hours. After the first 30 hours, students have the option to take additional elective courses at $900/credit hour until they graduate.

The rate adjustments will be done through WSOM scholarships.

Also note: Tuition rates and fees are subject to approval for Board of Trustees. Expenses are based on estimates. Actual costs vary based on personal spending choices

Financing your degree

Financial aid

Financial aid is available through Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Financial Aid. This is a separate procedure from the admissions application process and is administered solely by the Office of Financial Aid. Funding is available for U.S. applicants or international applicants whose cosigner is a U.S. resident.


Applicants to the MSM-Finance program should indicate whether they wish to be considered for a merit based scholarship in the “Financial Aid and Funding” section of the online application. Consideration for a scholarships does not require a separate application and does not affect the admission decision. All scholarship decisions are made at the time of admittance and applicants receiving one are informed in their decision letters.

Scholarships are offered based on a combination of academic and professional achievement. We consider transcripts, work experience, and GMAT or GRE scores when disbursing scholarships. Additionally, we interview candidates to gain insight into their potential to contribute in the classroom.

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions to partner with Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fees. Weatherhead is a proud participant in this program. For more details, visit Department of Veterans Affairs.


A master’s degree is an investment, and one option to fund your education is a student loan. Weatherhead does not endorse any specific lender or receive compensatory benefit from any lender. We recommend careful consideration and comparison of all lending options and terms before entering into a loan agreement.

Loans are given to students who have demonstrated financial need and repaid in accordance with the specific terms of the loan. Student loans may be private or government-sponsored, subsidized (need-based) or unsubsidized (non-need-based). Interest may not start to accrue until after graduation or it may begin immediately.

The university’s Office of Financial Aid provides detailed information on the types of loans that are available and how to apply for them.