The Master of Finance admissions team at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead's School of Management 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
Ready to get started? Follow these steps to apply:
- Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
- Upload the required documents. During the admissions review process, we accept both unofficial documents uploaded to your application or official documents sent to us in official routes. (If you are admitted and choose to matriculate, we’ll need the official documents then, and we’ll send you further instructions).
- When your application is finished, select “submit” to pay your non-refundable application fee.
- After selecting “submit,” you will not be able to make any changes to your application form, or essays, but you will be able to log back in later to upload your resume, and copies of your transcripts and test scores. All documents required for application review must be submitted and verified in order for your application to be considered complete.
- Once your application is complete, you may receive an invitation to interview. Interviews are by invitation only.
Note: Any application that remains incomplete at the end of the admissions period will be withdrawn.
When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, the Weatherhead School admissions team requires the following:
To be eligible to apply for this program, you must have earned (or currently be earning) an equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
We do not require applicants to complete any prerequisite courses for admission. All majors are welcome to apply for the Master of Finance program; however, applicants are recommended to have completed undergraduate courses in accounting, statistics, and corporate finance at a minimum.
The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting. However, please note that text information cannot be changed once the application is submitted. It is strongly recommended that you submit your application several weeks before the application deadline to allow time for verification of required materials.
All applicants are required to answer one essay question before the application can be submitted. The essay should be restricted to approximately 500 words.
- Essay 1 (Required): Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree. Please include any or all of the following talking points within your essay.
- What have you done in your academic/professional/personal life that has prepared you for this degree?
- 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?
- 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.
- We use test scores, transcripts, recommendation letters and essays to understand who you are, but it may not tell us the whole story. Please explain or address any concerns that you have about your profile or candidacy that will help us determine your ability to meet the rigor of the program and achieve your intended goals.
- Essay 2 (Optional): Choose one question from the following four options and indicate in your response which topic you are addressing. Do not use the same example(s) from Essay 1):
- Discuss a major challenge or setback you’ve experienced in your life. Include a brief description of the situation and relevant context, your approach to managing the challenge, and what steps you took to move forward following the adversity. How have you grown or developed since this experience?
- Please select a current event which has captured your attention and requires a solution. What about this current event is captivating? As a business leader, who do you involve, how do you approach this and what do you hope to achieve when providing a solution. As a result of your efforts, what do you hope the impact is for industry and society?
- 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?
- If you were able to invite two people to dinner (living or deceased), who would they be and why?
A current resume is required before your application can be submitted. The resume should include all work experience, including part-time work, internships and co-op employment. We understand that you may have new experiences that you may want to add to your resume after your application is submitted; however, your resume cannot be updated after you select “Submit.” It is recommended that resumes should be kept to 1-2 pages.
The Weatherhead Master of Finance program does not require official transcripts for application review purposes; unofficial transcripts are accepted for completion of an application. Applicants should upload transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, where six or more credit hours have been earned, in the “Academic History” section of the online application in reverse-chronological order, beginning with the most recent/highest earned degree. Final official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the program. Your transcripts must also state your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale and include the grading scale.
As part of submitting your application, you’ll be required to enter the names, relationship and contact information of two recommenders. Your recommenders will automatically receive an email from Weatherhead School of Management (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to the recommendation portal and details on how to complete their recommendation. We reserve the right to contact your recommenders directly if we need more information about you as a candidate for this program.
Applicants are prompted to pay a non-refundable $100 fee when they submit their application.
Additional Application Requirements for International Applicants
Applicants who earned (or are in the process of earning) post-secondary degrees from universities outside of the United States are required to have a course-by-course evaluation of all of their post-secondary transcripts by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or SpanTran or receive a transcript evaluation waiver.. The evaluation must be uploaded into the transcript evaluation section within the application. Applicants can waive the evaluation if they meet one of the following conditions:
- The unofficial transcripts state the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale. This must also include the grading scale used to calculate it.
- Applicants can submit an official GPA certificate issued by their university stating the 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 the GPA.
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 screenshot and upload this along with your transcripts to your application in the Academic History section. Then you will be granted a waiver for the transcript evaluation assuming you meet the GPA requirements mentioned above.
Advantages of having a transcript evaluation:
- Evaluated GPA’s and individual grades tend to be higher than those stated on many international transcripts.
- Your courses and grades will be compared more consistently with other applicants who have a GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
For more information, contact:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
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.
If your native language is not English, you must submit an English language exam. We accept the unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or PTE during the admissions review process. Test results are valid for two years from the date of the exam.
Waivers are extended to non-native English speaking applicants who meet one of the following criteria (except PhD and MPOD programs; please read the program’s application requirements for specific waiver conditions):
- Four years of undergraduate/graduate studies (combined) where English is the primary language of instruction. If English is not an official language in your country, the transcript must state that English was the primary language of instruction.
- Three years of full-time work experience in a country where English is an official language.
Note: Offers of admission are not binding until your official test scores have been verified. Additionally, the preceding waiver policy applies only to master’s programs; for PhD programs, the applicant must meet the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and the specific department to which they are applying.
To receive a decision by one of the notification dates listed, you must submit and complete your application by one of the corresponding application deadlines. The admissions committee will not issue an offer of admission if an application package remains incomplete.
Applicants interested in scholarship consideration (merit based) are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability.
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Note: An offer of admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full. If an application remains incomplete by the final round deadline, Weatherhead School reserves the right to withdraw or deny the application.
For application deadlines for integrated students, please visit the Integrated BS/BA and Master of Finance page.
Program Start Dates
All students are required to attend orientation prior to the start of the program. Orientation dates will vary by program but usually are 1-2 weeks before the start of term. The detailed orientation schedule will be communicated via email.
Are you ready to start your Master of Finance program? Apply now.
After Admission: Steps to Enrollment
After being accepted to Weatherhead School of Management there are various steps you’ll need to take to complete the enrollment process before you arrive on campus for orientation. However, not all of these steps can be taken immediately after your admittance. You can expect to receive instructions and information about each phase of the process by or around the time frames indicated below:
With your CWRU ID you can activate your CWRU email account, apply for financial aid (for U.S. citizens or international students with U.S. consignor). Students who have matriculated within the first couple application rounds will be sent information on how to activate their CWRU Network ID by February. Applicants admitted after February will receive these instructions within a week after they are admitted.
In compliance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, Case Western Reserve University requires all matriculated international students who require an F-1 visa submit current detailed financial documentation before an I-20 or DS-2019 visa document can be processed. Students who have matriculated within the first couple rounds will receive instructions on how to submit these documents by the first or second week of April. Applicants admitted after April will receive these instructions five days after they accept our offer by making their deposit.
Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students and designed to make your first few weeks at Weatherhead more successful. Orientation dates will vary per program, but are usually 1-2 weeks before the start of the term in August. Please register as soon as you receive the orientation email from Weatherhead, which should be received as early as mid-April.
Several forms including the “Release Form for References,” “Required Consent” form and the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement must be completed. You will receive notification of completing these forms by early May.
Documents such as your final official transcripts, official test scores and for international students a degree certificate (if your final official transcripts do not state your degree earned and conferred/awarded date) must be submitted to the Weatherhead Office of Admissions before (or when) you arrive for orientation. More details on what documents are required will be sent to you by early May.
You will receive information on securing parking permits, getting your photo ID, housing resources and student discounts on computer equipment and software by early May.
Note: If you are in a spring or summer start program, these dates will be adjusted accordingly so that you complete all necessary steps in time for classes to start in mid-January or in summer.
The Weatherhead School’s Graduate Admissions Office is here to help you through every step of the application process. If you have any questions after perusing the program pages or application instructions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the appropriate admissions contact below: