Integrated MSM-Finance Admission Information | Weatherhead

Weatherhead Philosophy of Recruitment

The Weatherhead School of Management BA/BS Integrated MSM-Finance admissions team is committed to recruiting a community of students with diverse perspectives and a range of robust educational, professional and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.

Application Process Overview

  • Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
  • Upload the required unofficial documents. If you are admitted and you matriculate, we will require your official documents then. Further instructions will be sent by email.
  • 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.

The Weatherhead Master of Science in Management (MSM)-Finance admissions team is committed to recruiting 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.

Master's in Finance Application Requirements

The Integrated version of the MSM-Finance program is only available to current Case Western Resere University undergraduates. Students from other universities must apply to the MSM-Finance program and finish their undergraduate degree before beginning the program.

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, Weatherhead’s MSM-Finance admissions team requires the following:

There is no prerequisite work required to be considered for admission into the MSM-Finance program.

The online application captures general information including: personal information, contact information, demographic information, education, and employment history. Applicants must upload a current resume, two essays, and the contact information for letters of recommendation (see instructions below under “Letters of Recommendation”). The online application can be completed in one sitting and additional supporting documents can be uploaded after clicking “Submit.”

Please note: Information entered into the online form cannot be changed once the application has been submitted, but transcripts and test score reports may be added at a later date.

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: Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree.

  • What have you done in your academic/professional/personal life that has prepared you for this degree?
    • If your undergraduate major is different from the graduate degree you are seeking, please explain how you became interested in this field and why you would like to pursue it now in your educational career.
  • How does this master’s degree fit in with your short and long term career goals?
  • In what way will you contribute to the fabric of the Weatherhead culture?
  • Feel free to share anything else that we should know about you or any concerns you might have about your application that might not otherwise have been addressed.

Essay #2: Choose one question from the following four options; please indicate which topic you are addressing in your response.

  1. Case students are leaders and work together towards success. Tell us about a time when you helped someone else become a better leader.
  2. Challenges are often faced every day. Though the end result is important, usually it is the journey that teaches us the most. Describe a situation where your academic or professional ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?
  3. Criticism can be difficult, but is a necessary part of growth. What was the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
  4. At Weatherhead, we seek students with strong values. What values are most important to you? How do your values match the values of Weatherhead?

A current resume is required. The resume should include all work experience, including part-time employment,* internships,* and co-op employment.*

* For early-career applicants.

All applicants are required to submit unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (undergraduate or graduate schools) where you have earned a degree. Separate transcripts are also required if you received any transfer credit from another university. Please upload your transcripts in the “Transcripts” section of the online application. This can be done before or after clicking “Submit”.

Only unofficial transcripts are required for the completion and review of an application. We do not accept official documents unless you are admitted and you decide to enroll. If you accept our offer, you will be required to submit your official final transcripts then. Official transcripts must state the degree earned and the date the degree is conferred or you must also submit an official degree certificate from your school stating the above information. We will send you further instructions later.

Your unofficial transcripts must also state your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale and include the grading scale.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you have earned (or will earn) a degree outside of the United States, you are required to submit a transcript evaluation from WES or ECE (details below). Please see the section on advantages of having a transcript evaluation below.

Waivers will be granted if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Your transcripts state your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale. This must also include the grading scale used to calculate it.
  • You submit an official GPA 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, 7/10) with the grading scale used to calculate your GPA.
  • Approval from the Admissions Committee for your program.

If you have earned (or will earn) a three year bachelor’s degree, you may not be eligible for admission unless you can demonstrate that your degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States. To see if your degree meets our equivalency requirement:

  • 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 a transcript evaluation before we can determine your eligibility.
  • If the tool says your degree is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree, please take a screen shot and upload this to your application in the Transcripts section. Then you will be granted a waiver for the transcript evaluation

Advantages of having a transcript evaluation:

  • Evaluated GPA’s tend to be higher than those stated on many international transcripts.
  • If you are an international student, it confirms that your degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
  • You may also send electronic copies to more than one school.

When ordering your transcript evaluation, you do not have to pay to express mail the report to us. Simply request that a copy be sent electronically to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University by selecting our school in their drop down box. We will also accept unofficial or student copies that are uploaded to the application.

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

For more information, 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

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.

A GMAT or GRE score report is NOT required as a part of the application and review process for current Case Western Reserve University students. However, test scores can be submitted as part of your supplemental materials.

Applicants submitting a test score can upload unofficial copies of these to the “Test Documentation” section of the online application before or after submitting their application. Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant enrolls as a student.

The Weatherhead admissions team accepts either unofficial GMAT or unofficial GRE exam results equally. We do not have a minimum test score requirement.

GMAT code: WTJ-F1-57
GRE code: 1105

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit (upload) an unofficial English language exam in the Test Documentation section. We accept either TOEFL or IELTS (or see waiver conditions below). We do not have a minimum test score requirement but please visit the Class Profile page (link at left) to see the average test scores for the current class in this program.

We only accept unofficial exams during the admissions review process. If you are admitted and you decide to enroll, you will be required to submit your official documents then. Further instructions will be sent by email.

Do not upload a score report or enter your test results unless you are satisfied with your current score since you will not be able to change it after you submit your application. If you plan to retake the test in hopes of improving you scores, please wait to upload your final exam. If you do upload a TOEFL or IELTS and ask us to change it later, we will move your application to the next round.

WAIVERS for the MAcc program:

Only applicants who finish an entire bachelor’s degree (transfer-in credits of 30 or less) or higher in an English speaking country can waive the English Language Proficiency exam. 

WAIVERS for all other programs can be obtained if you meet the following conditions

  1. Four years of undergraduate/graduate studies (combined) where English is the primary language of instruction. If your university is not located in an English speaking country, your transcripts must state that the language of instruction was in English.

    If it has been more than a year since you were in an English speaking program or work environment, the admissions team reserves the right to require proof of English language proficiency.

  2. Three years full-time work in a country where English is an official language.

If you qualify for a waiver of the English language exam, you must indicate this in the "Test Scores" section of the application. Waiver qualification will be verified.

TOEFL Code: 1105; Department Code: 02

Applicants must provide the name, relationship, and contact information of individuals who will write a letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. Recommenders will be notified electronically to upload their letters to the applicant’s online profile. To ensure timely receipt, we strongly suggest each applicant follow up with his or her recommenders to make sure that they have uploaded their letters of recommendation to the online application. An application is considered incomplete until all letters of recommendation are received. Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the final deadline.

Current Case Western Reserve University applicants are not required to pay an application fee when they submit their application. In order to waive the fee, please reach out to Meredith Richardson, 216.368.7586 for instructions.

Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the final deadline.

Each supporting document must be uploaded to your online application for admission consideration. 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 final deadline.

MSM-Finance Deadlines

Weatherhead's MSM-Finance program has four application rounds shown below and each application round has a deadline to submit and a deadline to complete (finalize) your application.

In order to receive a decision by any of the Notification Dates, applicants must meet both the Submit and Complete deadlines in a given application round. Applicants interested in scholarship consideration (merit based) are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability.

Round 1
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Notification Date: December 18, 2019
Round 2
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Notification Date: March 6, 2020
Round 3
Deadline: March 10, 2020
Notification Date: April 15, 2020
Round 4
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Notification Date: June 12, 2020
All applications received after Round 4 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
An offer of admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. If an application remains incomplete by the final Round deadline, Weatherhead reserves the right to withdraw or deny the application.

Program Start Dates

All students are required to attend orientation prior to the start of the program for Fall 2019. An additional orientation specifically for international students will be held separately from the program. Dates for both orientations can be found here.

Fall 2020 classes begin August 24.