The Master of Science in Finance is awarded by the Graduate College with both thesis and non-thesis options. Instruction is offered through the Tippie College of Business.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program. View departmental requirements.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.
Master of Finance Program - Estimated Costs

Application Deadlines

We enroll new students in the fall semester only. Admission is competitive and there is limited capacity, so we recommend applying early.

Fall deadlines

  • Priority deadline (domestic and international): December 15
  • International applicants: March 15
  • Domestic applicants: June 15


  • No spring start


  • No summer start
Application Procedures

You must meet all of the below requirements to be considered for admission. Requirements can also be viewed on our website.

Bachelor’s degree 
Earned from a regionally accredited college/university or equivalent from another country. We accept students from all undergraduate majors; a business degree is not required.

English proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS
International candidates only. Minimum TOEFL scores are 100 iBT, 600 CBT, and 7.0 IELTS with no sub-score below 6.0. Waivers are available for those who qualify.

Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) exam

Waivers available for current University of Iowa students in select areas of study.

Cumulative 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or foreign equivalent.

Application checklist
Before we can consider you for admission, we need a complete application, which includes all the items below. For details on each, see the Application Process.

  • TOEFL or IELTS (international candidates only)
  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.


Tippie College of Business
Master of Finance Program
The University of Iowa
108 Pappajohn Business Bldg
Ste. W160
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
108 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396