FAQ

MS Finance Overview

The STEM designated MS in Finance degree at the Whitman School of Management is a rigorous, one-year program that prepares you to be a leader in the dynamic, fast-paced, and intellectually challenging world of finance. The program's core courses explore the nature of capital markets as they relate to organizational goals and provide an understanding of how broad principles of finance and quantitative methods can be applied to create investment strategies.

 

Admissions

Does this program require prerequisite courses?

No, the MS Finance program does not require prerequisite courses prior to enrolling into this degree focus. Students without academic coursework in these areas will be required to take additional foundation courses as part of the program.

Can I apply if I don't have an undergrad degree/background in Business?

Yes, a student may apply for admission into the MS Finance program without having an undergrad degree in business. Students without academic coursework in these areas will be required to take additional foundation courses as part of the program.

How many credits can I transfer?

Students are eligible to transfer up to six credits if the following requirements are met and will only be counted towards electives if admitted into the program and upon review:

1. Courses are at the graduate level with a grade of “B” or higher

2. Courses were taken at an AACSB accredited business institution

Does this program require work experience?

No, we do not require previous work experience for this program of study.

If I provide my academic credentials (GPA, GMAT or GRE, resume) can you tell me my chances of being awarded admission into the program?

No. We review all applications holistically and cannot determine admission into the program prior to submitting your application. You can self-determine by reviewing our current class profile by visiting http://whitman.syr.edu/MSF-admission for more details.

Did you receive my scores, transcripts?

At Whitman we will not be able to check for any of your supplemental materials until we have received your application from the Graduate Enrollment Processing Center. You will receive an email from Whitman with your application status as soon as your application arrives to our Admissions Office.

When will my application be reviewed?

We review applications as soon as we have received all of the required application materials. Please view the “application checklist” to make sure you have submitted everything.

Who do I contact if I am having trouble with my online application?

I forgot to upload a document to my application?

You can e-mail the document as an attachment to grad@syr.edu. Be sure to list your full name, program you applied for, and your SUID number if you have one.

Can I submit unofficial transcripts when I apply?

Yes, you can submit unofficial transcripts during the application process. If admitted and enrolled, you must submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope before the end of your first semester of study at Whitman.

International Students

I am applying as an international student. What are my requirements to apply?

The same as a domestic applicant with the addition of an English Language exam (TEOFL, IELTS) and financial support documents. Please visit our Application Checklist page to view these requirements.

What does a STEM designation mean for international students?

International students who graduate from STEM programs are granted up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to facilitate job placement.

Does my transcript need to be verified by WES?

No it does not. We require an unofficial transcript (in English) to be uploaded into your online application for our Admissions Committee to fully evaluate your candidacy.

Do I need to submit my financial support documents when I apply?

Yes, we recommend that you do this to prevent any delay in your student visa paperwork should you are admitted. If you are granted admission, we will not be able to extend an offer to you until your financial documents have been received and approved. More information regarding the acceptable financial support documents can be found on the website under the “application checklist.”

Can I waive the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirement?

Applicants who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries are not required to submit test scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

Applicants who have studied at an institution in the U.S., or an English-speaking province in Canada for a minimum period of four years, may waive the English exam requirement. If you have worked/studied in the U.S. for less than four years, you will be required to submit official test scores.

How many international students do you admit?

We do not admit a set number of international or domestic students. We review all applications as they become complete and admit those with outstanding applications and whom we think will perform well in our program.

What is your minimum TOEFL/ IELTS/PTE Academic score requirement?

Our minimum score requirement is 100 for TOEFL, 7.0 for IELTS, and 68 for PTE Academic. Preferred speaking score for TOEFL is 23, IELTS, 7.0, PTE 62.

What is your minimum for GPA, GMAT and GRE Test Scores?

Our recommended GMAT score is a 600 or equivalent to that on the GRE examination. In regards to a candidates GPA, our recommended minimum is 3.0.

Employment Information for International Students

To ask about permission for employment, either on or off campus, and to find out the current regulations about proof of employability, contact Syracuse University's Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place, Syracuse, NY 13244-2380, USA; telephone 315.443.2457; e-mail ois@syr.edu; fax 315.443.3091

Note: International students are not permitted to work off-campus until they have completed their first academic year.

Financing your Degree

Are there financial aid options available to students?

All students are eligible for Whitman scholarships, which are awarded based on merit and the qualifications shown on a student’s application. Applicants are not required to apply separately to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

What types of loan programs are available?

There are options available if you are in need of financial assistance.  Please visit the Financial Aid website.

Are there opportunities to work on campus to help pay for tuition (domestic students)?

Students are eligible for on-campus employment at Syracuse University. These positions usually offer a stipend or salary and may include remitted tuition or other benefits. The Office of Human Resources, 210 Steele Hall, posts job openings for campus offices and you can also review online www.sujobopps.com

Does Whitman provide Veteran Benefits?

Yes we do. You will be able to review information on our Financial Aid website or http://www.vrc.syr.edu

Internships

Are internships required?

Completing an internship is not required, but strongly recommended to give you additional exposure outside of the classroom setting.

Is there internship assistance?

Students are responsible for finding their own internships. The Career Center has resources that can be utilized such as job posting sites OrangeLink, as well as giving access to the alumni database. Structured internships, which may include participation in Leadership Development programs, often lead to offers of full-time placement.

Can I complete an internship during the academic year?

An international student must be in valid F-1-status and have been a full-time student for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) before accepting an internship and participating in Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Whitman MSF students can participate in a special summer program through SU Abroad that gives our students the chance to obtain internship assignments in Singapore. Applications can be submitted through the SU Abroad website at suabroad.syr.edu. Contact Professor Gary LaPoint (gelapoint@syr.edu) for application deadlines and more detail.

Career Center

What is the Whitman Career Center?

The mission of the Whitman Career Center is to build mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty, alumni, and corporate partners to provide innovative programming and coaching that will empower our students to reach their career aspirations with integrity and professionalism, preparing them for personal and professional success in an ever changing global business environment.

The development of your personal career plan takes time and energy and the Whitman Career Center is here to support you through this process. From “Whitman Career Center 24/7,” a Blackboard site that offers a career workbook, links to interesting career reading and access to national vendors (such as Vault’s Career Insider) to targeted workshops and personal coaching sessions, you have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge you need for ongoing career development and success.

Online Resources

OrangeLink: Syracuse University’s job and internship database.

Whitman Career Center 24/7 on Blackboard: You can review our resources on Blackboard with access to the career workshops, Vault guides, past programs and more!

WetFeet Guides: Gain access to insider guides on how to ace an interview, master the career fair and brand yourself.

InterviewStream: A great resource to practice and record your interviews from the privacy of your own room. The site has thousands of practice interview questions to choose from.

Vault Career Insider: The premier resource for career, industry and employer research.

National Databases: In partnership with the Bird Library, we maintain a variety of subscriptions to database resources that afford you detailed, in-depth information about industries and companies.

General Career Workshops and Career Chats

Evaluated from year-to-year, our career workshops and career chats are based on student needs and feedback. All workshops are posted on the Whitman Career Center 24/7 Blackboard site, allowing you access on your schedule. Career Chats cover similar topics as workshops, but in a small-group conversation setting. Here is a sample of prior topics and sessions:

• Job and Internship Search Strategy
• Prepare for the Career Fair/Build Your Personal Network
• Developing Your Resume
• Writing Persuasive Cover Letters
• Keys to Interviewing Success
• Managing Offers: Do You Know What You’re Worth?

On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities

We have a strong on-campus recruiting program where local and national companies come to recruit students for internships and full time positions. Here are some of the programs planned to connect you with companies:

Information Sessions
These formal corporate presentations are held to educate you about the company and their recruitment process. Information sessions are typically held in the evenings during the recruitment process.

Office Hours
You have the opportunity to meet with company representatives informally for a one-on-one, 20 minute meeting to provide you with insight about career choices and personal career positioning.

Career Fairs
During the beginning of the fall and spring semesters you have the opportunity to participate in Whitman specific career fairs. Each semester, University Career Services also hosts a campus-wide career fair open to all SU students.

On-Campus Recruiting
We encourage corporations to interview students directly on campus each semester. Corporations will meet with you for 30 minutes to determine if you have the skills needed to be successful in their company. In order to be considered for interviews, you need to apply to job or internship postings through OrangeLink. If you are selected to be interviewed, you will receive notification through OrangeLink, and be asked to schedule a meeting.