MSM-Finance Admission Information

Weatherhead Philosophy of Recruitment

The Weatherhead School of Management admissions team is committed to recruiting a community of students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom. We look for applicants who are interested and interesting.

Application Process Overview

  • Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
  • Upload the required documents. Only unofficial documents are needed for the review process.
  • When your application is finished, click “submit” to pay your non-refundable application fee
  • After clicking “submit,” you will not be able to make any changes to your application form, resume or essays, but you will be able to log back in later to upload transcripts and test scores. All required documents must be submitted in order to be considered.
  • Once your application is complete, you may receive an invitation to interview. Interviews are by invitation only.
  • Any application that remains incomplete at the end of the admissions period will be denied.

Application Requirements

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, the Weatherhead admissions team requires the following (click each category for full details about the admission requirements):

Prerequisites

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

There are no coursework or minimum test score requirements.

Online application form

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 (non-refundable)

Essays

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 three 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

All applicants are required to submit unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary education for the application and review process. Please include your school’s official grading scale. Separate transcripts are also required if you received any transfer credit from another university. You may upload these to the “Transcripts” section of the online application before or after submitting.

Only unofficial transcripts are required for the completion of an application. Please do not send us your official transcripts yet.

If you are admitted and you decide to enroll, we will require your official transcripts then. Please note: they 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 STUDENTS

If your university transcripts do not state either a cumulative GPA or total average score on any numeric scale, you must submit one of the following:

For all programs, we reserve the right to request additional information to further evaluate your candidacy.

If you have or will have earned a three-year bachelor’s degree, you may need a transcript evaluation prepared by World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). Weatherhead School of Management recognizes a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as WES or ECE (contact information below) indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Before you apply or begin an evaluation process, visit the World Education Services website and use their free “WES Degree Equivalency” tool to see if your degree granting institution is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree in the U.S. If your degree is not listed as such, you will need an evaluation from one of these agencies (no preference).

Your application will remain incomplete until the WES or ECE evaluation has been received. Offers of admission will not be binding until we have verified your degree.

Note: When ordering your transcript evaluation, you must request that a copy be sent electronically to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University by selecting our school in their dropdown box. 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.
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
202.331.2925
Fax: 212.739.6100
info@wes.org
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
414.289.3400
eval@ece.org

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: 1105

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, applicants admitted must demonstrate that they have a good command of written and spoken English. 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 (non-refundable)

Applicants are prompted to pay a non-refundable $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.

Deadlines

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 16, 2016
Notification Date:January 13, 2017
Round 2
Deadline:January 11, 2017
Notification Date:March 24, 2017
Round 3
Deadline:March 15, 2017
Notification Date:April 28, 2017
* Rolling basis will begin in May
** Notification three to four weeks after completed application is received

Program Start Dates

All students are required to attend orientation prior to the start of the program. Orientation dates will be announced shortly. Fall 2016 classes begin August 29.