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Master of Science in Finance

Requirements

Have you got what it takes? If you’re already experienced with working in finance or business, welcome. You’re a great candidate for the MSc Finance program. Find out more about what you’ll need to apply and qualify.

  • A four-year undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B) or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized University.
  • All graduate work is also considered.
  • Please note: If your transcripts are not in English and no translation is provided by the University, please download the International Transcript requirements.
  • We require a minimum GMAT score of 550. We also accept the GRE exam (minimum score of 155 in each section).
  • The GMAT will be waived for any candidate who has successfully:
    • Passed CFA Level I or above
    • Graduated from Simon Fraser University with distinction*
    Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the GMAT will also be waived for any candidate who has successfully met one of the following criteria:
    • Passed UFE or CFE through the CA designation
    • Obtained a professional designation in Engineering (P.Eng) or Actuarial Science (ACIA or FCIA)

    * Graduate with distinctions (CGPA of 3.5 or higher) from a related program (reach out to mscfin@sfu.ca if you have questions on this)

  • Applicants must instruct GMAT to send the original score report directly to the MSc Finance Office, code 6G8-N3-34. It takes up to 20 business days for official scores to arrive at SFU. To ensure there is no delay in the application process, please forward your unofficial GMAT scores to mscfin@sfu.ca or fax 778.782.5153.
  • Competitive recommendations - GMAT: 600+ or GRE 310+ on the combined verbal and quantitative section. The GMAT may be taken as often as desired, and SFU will only consider the highest score. The GMAT score is valid for five years from the exam date.

All courses in the Master of Science in Finance program are taught in English, therefore all applicants must be fluent in English.

If your primary language is not English or your previous education has been conducted in a country where English is not the primary language (see a full list of accepted countries), you must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language as evidenced by achieving a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University. Find more information about this requirement.

The six tests we accept are:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS)
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL)
  • Pearson English Language Test (PTE)
  • Cambridge English Qualifications

Minimum test scroes

The minimum University requirements for test scores are:

Internet-based TOEFL

93 with minimum of 20 in each category. In order to satisfy the requirement, applicants must achieve the scores listed above on a single test date. TOEFL MyBest (super-scored) results will not be used.

Paper-based TOEFL

580 and TWE 5

IELTS (academic)

Overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

CAEL

Overall 70; minimum 60 in each section

Pearson Academic (PTE)

Overall 65; minimum 60 in each section

Cambridge English Qualifications

C1 Advanced - minimum score of 193
C2 Proficiency - minimum score of 200

Please note: Candidates below the English Language requirements will be asked to retake the test.

  • If you are not a Canadian citizen or don’t have landed immigrant status you must have a valid Canadian student visa.
  • Learn more about being an international student at SFU.
  • Download a copy of SFU's Pre-Arrival Guide for newly admitted international and exchange students.

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Our admissions team is more than happy to answer your questions so you know what you can expect before, during, and beyond your program.

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The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobbie Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Sr. Director, Digital Operations & IT

Motorola Solutions

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

MSc Fin: Christine

EMBA IBL: Wanda

EMBA: Bobbie

GDBA: Percival

i2I: Elena

MOT MBA: Matt

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver