Master of Science in Finance (MS)

Program Highlights: 

  • Integrates theories and applications from economics, accounting, mathematics, and strategy to create a rigorous curriculum
  • Graduates will have well developed competencies in evaluating complex financial problems, employing statistical and economic techniques, and recommending financial solutions to stakeholders
  • Ability to become Bloomberg Certified with access to one of the largest Bloomberg Trading Rooms on the West Coast
  • Curriculum includes topics covered in the CFA and CFP exams
  • 30 hour flexible program structured for the working professional 

For additional program specific information, visit the Pamplin School of Business.

Graduate School Application 

Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Goals
    • Essay prompt: Please provide a 200-300 word narrative of your academic and/or professional goals. The importance of your intended degree program in the pursuit of these goals should also be made clear.
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • The online application will prompt you to provide email addresses for two references.  A request will be sent directly to your references and they can upload a Word document or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference.  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic. 
  • Official test scores
    • GMAT OR GRE 
      • Quantitative score in the 55th percentile and verbal score in the 50th percentile 
    • This score can be waived if you meet one of the following requirements: 
      • Significant and relevant work experience (at least 3 years)
      • Completed 9 hours of coursework at an AACSB accredited graduate business program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Business related graduate degree from an AACSB accredited program
      • Completed 6 hours of graduate business courses at the University of Portland as a non-degree seeking student and earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
    • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

4+1 Program & Requirements: 

  • Open to UP Juniors and Seniors who complete the above application requirements 
  • Please note that a conditional offer of admission is given until a degree awarding transcript with GPA verification is submitted to the Graduate School

Application Timeline: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadlines: 

  • Fall Semester: July 19
  • Spring Semester: December 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, please visit International Student Services