Prior to commencing the program, all admitted students would be required to complete the following courses at an advanced undergraduate level:
Nonrefundable application fee (U.S. $100)
Résumé or CV
Two letters of recommendation
Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school
GMAT or GRE scores
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (please see our English Equivalency Exam Policy )
A nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $100 must be received in order for an application to be considered. Please submit your payment through the online application system.
Fee waivers are available to active duty US military personnel, and members of the Peace Corps, Teach for America, Teach for China, or Teach for India who are currently in service. Proof of current service is required. Applicants who qualify for a fee waiver should email a fee waiver request, as well as proof of service, to MSPrograms@gsb.columbia.edu
The Master of Science in Financial Economics requires two essays.
In 250–500 words please describe your educational goals and those academic and/or professional achievements which have contributed most to your development.
In 250–500 words please indicate your expected career track (examples include, but are not limited to, consulting, banking, asset management, research and modeling, risk management, etc.) and describe how the Master of Science in Financial Economics will help you attain your career goals. Please be specific.
Essays are to be submitted via the online application.
Résumé or CV Instructions
Applicants to the Master of Science in Financial Economics program must submit a résumé or CV that includes an applicant’s academic background and credentials, relevant experience since graduating from high school, including summer employment and paid or volunteer positions held on campus, as well as other business or academic experiences.
Your Résumé or CV can be uploaded through the online application.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation, from professors or managers who know your work well, are required. Applicants are permitted to submit a total of five letters. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommender through the online application. Recommendations can also be from former or current supervisors or other professional associates who are senior to you. Further instructions are available in the application.
Transcripts and Test Scores
Scanned copies of official transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. Test scores (GMAT,GRE, and TOEFL) should be self reported within the application by inputting them into the test score section of the application. When decisions are made we will ask admitted students for official copies of both their transcripts and test scores. Decisions are not binding until these materials have been received.
The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a two-year STEM eligible master’s degree program offered by the Finance Division of Columbia Business School. The MSFE provides academically distinguished and industry-oriented students the opportunity to obtain a rigorous, graduate level finance and economics training in an intensive two-year program. Students take a carefully constructed curriculum of PhD and MBA courses offered at Columbia Business School. The program has a significant overlap with our PhD program, but is intended for students who prefer a shorter and more industry-oriented experience than the School’s Doctoral Program.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the quantitative and theoretical tools for a successful career in finance with potential employers such as investment and commercial banks, economic and financial asset management companies, consulting firms, and policy-oriented organizations.
Candidates should have academic preparation equivalent to that of entering PhD students, and should be fully prepared to participate in PhD classes and to complete a substantial research project. Applicants who may also be considering MBA or PhD programs are encouraged to carefully review the academic differentials between the offerings to better understand the preparation for post-MS opportunities.
The application deadline for the Master of Science in Financial Economics is: January 1st, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST