Master of Science in Finance

  • Applying for the Cox MSF

    Your application, supporting documents and personal interview are all very important to us, but most of all, we want to get to know you. Please reach out to us with your questions, try to visit us on campus so we can meet in person, and consider attending an admissions event or class. Studying at SMU Cox is an intimate experience and connections matter — starting now.

    Application Requirements for ALL Applicants

    • Submit online application
    • Resume and Essays – uploaded in the online application (questions are available after creating and logging in to your online application and selecting MS in Finance as the program applying to)
    • GMAT or GRE score report (from exam taken within the last five years) - Application can be reviewed with unofficial score report uploaded online. Official score report is REQUIRED after a student is offered admission (SMU Cox GMAT school code: HWG-KN-73 and GRE school code: 6660). SMU Cox BBA Undergraduates are NOT required to submit GMAT/GRE Scores.
    • Transcripts - Application can be reviewed with unofficial transcripts or degree progress reports showing cumulative GPA and grades for each course taken; Official transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
    • Transfer Transcripts - We require transcripts from any university/college at which the student earned 12 or more credit hours; Unofficial copies can be uploaded online; Official transfer transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
    • Two references (name & contact information only - recommendation letters NOT required)
    • You may submit the online application prior to completing the required exams, but your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received

    Application Requirements for International Students

    • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score Report to meet the English language proficiency requirement. Test scores are valid for up to two years (from test date to date of application). SMU Cox TOEFL institution code: 6660
    • The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE may be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met:
      • You will hold or currently hold an undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree from a college or university where English is the official language of instruction.
      • You have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language for at least two of the past four years.
      • You scored at or above the 80th percentile on the verbal section of the GMAT or GRE exam.

    Unable to upload your required application materials? All unofficial transcripts/test scores can be sent via e-mail to or via postal mail to:

    • Mailing Address: 
      SMU Cox School of Business 
      MSA Admissions
      PO Box 750521
      Dallas, TX 75275

  • Tuition & Financing

    Financing Your MSF

    A graduate management education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make, and it's likely to produce one of your biggest ROIs — you won't just boost your career and earning potential, but you'll reap personal gains, too. If you need additional funding, you'll find that a variety of loan and private scholarship opportunities are available.

    MSF Scholarship Opportunities

    Scholarships Encouraging Women to Pursue Graduate Degrees in Finance

    A program supporter is offering several scholarships encouraging women to pursue graduate finance education at SMU Cox. These scholarships will be awarded as part of the admissions process without requiring a separate application. Scholarships are merit-based. Individual scholarship amounts are estimated at $5,000 per student.

    Merit-Based Scholarship Opportunities

    The Cox MSF program has a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. All candidates are automatically eligible for these scholarships, and are not required to submit a separate application. These scholarships are based on academic performance and GMAT/GRE scores. Typical scholarship amounts are $5,000 per student.

  • Your MSF Costs

    Tuition and Fees   $ 52,724
    Student Living Expense   $ 17,700
    Books and Supplies   $ 2,500
    Health Insurance   $ 3,000
    Transportation   $ 1,500
    Other Expenses   $ 1,500
    Total 9-month
      $  78,924

    *This estimated total is based on a nine-month school year for the 2020-2021 academic year. The cost may be more or less depending on the student’s lifestyle, whether the student lives on-campus of off-campus, and whether any family members accompany the student.

  • Admissions Events

    The best way to find out if Cox is the right school for you is to visit us on campus. You can come for an information session, or schedule a day to chat with an admissions officer, take a campus tour and sit in on a class. If you're unable to come to Dallas, opt for an off-campus event or virtual visit that will give you a window into our world and answer your questions.

    To request a campus visit, please call 214-768-1214 or email

  • FAQs

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Application Deadlines

  • May 3, 2021

    Round 5 *Rolling admissions following May 3, 2021