Specialized Master in Finance
Applying and Deadlines

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Review the application requirements and deadlines below and then start your application to Fisher's Specialized Master in Finance (SMF) program. The 2024 application is now open.

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What we are looking for

Our admissions team frequently receives questions about what they are looking for in a prospective Specialized Master of Finance student. You'll find the answer to some of the more common questions below:

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply to your program?

No, all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply. A big focus of the review process is evidence of quantitative skills/aptitude via coursework or GMAT/GRE scores. The majority of successful non-business students come from a variety of backgrounds, including - but not limited to - economics, psychology, engineering, communications, and political science.

Application requirements

Applicants for the SMF degree program must have completed (or will complete prior to enrollment) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Our application process varies slightly for domestic and international applicants but in general requires similar elements, including:

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Application deadlines for autumn 2024

We process applications and make financial aid decisions on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate complete applications as they are submitted rather than waiting until the deadline(s) to begin the review process. Applicants should receive an admission decision from the SMF program within four weeks of the deadline as long as all application information is received by the stated deadlines below. Applications for the SMF program are accepted for the autumn term only. Autumn 2024 classes begin on August 20, 2024.

AU24 Deadlines::Early August 2023Notes::The 2024 application is open. Get your admission decision early!
AU24 Deadlines::November 27, 2023Notes::University Fellowship deadline: Fellowship-eligible1 applicants must submit their applications by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.
AU24 Deadlines::January 12, 2024Notes::Priority consideration for merit-based financial aid/scholarships2
AU24 Deadlines::March 22, 2024Notes::International students: Final application deadline for admission consideration.3
AU24 Deadlines::May 28, 2024Notes::Domestic students: Final application deadline for admission consideration.3
June 13, 2024Last day to start an SMF Autumn 2024 application
June 21, 2024Incomplete autumn 2024 applications closed. Autumn 2025 opens in August.

1 Ohio State Fellowships are from  Ohio State's Graduate School. Watch a quick webinar about the University Fellowship.

2 All admitted applicants are automatically considered for financial aid/scholarships. Qualified applications received after this deadline will still be considered as long as funds are available.

3Qualified applications received after the final deadlines are reviewed on a space-available basis. 
Questions? Email fisher_macc@fisher.osu.edu.

Applications are only considered for a specific deadline if you submit your application by the date listed AND complete your checklist in the application portal. We cannot review applications until they are complete. Questions? Email fisher_smf@fisher.osu.edu.

3 reasons to apply early

  1. Merit-based Aid / Scholarships: By applying (and being admitted) early, applicants can ensure they receive priority consideration for merit-based aid/scholarships. The availability of merit-based aid/scholarships may decrease after each deadline.
  2. Class Size: Fisher intentionally limits its incoming SMF class size. Therefore, applying sooner than later is better.
  3. Interest: Applying early to Ohio State is a good signal that you place a priority on attending our SMF program. A strong interest in enrollment at Ohio State is highly valued by our admissions team.

Contact Us

No matter the stage of your graduate education journey, we encourage you to connect with us to find answers to any questions you may have about Fisher's Specialized Master in Finance program. 

Specialized Master in Finance (SMF) Program Contact: 

Program Recruiter: Raahkema CropperSchedule a Virtual Call or email the SMF Program at fisher_smf@fisher.osu.edu

Fisher Graduate Programs Office:

Contact Fisher's Graduate Programs Office directly to schedule on-campus activities such as in-person meetings, class visits and campus tours. We will do our best to accommodate your request in-person or virtually within university guidelines - Safe and Healthy Buckeyes.