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Carlson School of Management


Master of Science in Finance


12-16 months


Minneapolis-St. Paul

Carlson Msc Finance Overview

Ranked as the 14th best Masters in Finance in the US by QS World University Rankings, Carlson’s Master of Science in Finance is designed for recent graduates and early career professionals aimed at imparting advanced tools used in business and financial markets to prepare leaders to interpret and act on complex financial information.



Carlson Msc Finance Highlights


Exchange partners




STEM program

Class Size


Financial Times’18
The Economist
QS World Rankings ’19 10

Program and Curriculum

The MS in Finance program is a one year program that combines financial theory, quantitative and computational methods complemented with real-world applications. Students complete a rigorous graduate-level curriculum that spans finance concepts and business fundamentals. The program begins in July (summer) each year, and consists of three intensive semesters and thus a total of 39 credits.

The curriculum includes experiential learning component that challenges student teams to analyze crucial issues surrounding a finance challenge, collect data, and present their findings to local industry professionals. Four credits are electives and range a wide variety of interests, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management, Private Equity, Securitization Markets, International Finance and Advanced financial Modeling, thus giving students an opportuinty to specialize in a field of their choice. Being a STEM program it also offers greater flexibility to international students.


  • Behavioral Finance
  • International Financial Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securitization Markets
  • World Economy

A Mix of Core Courses are offered

Here are some examples of the same

  • Computing for Finance
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Quantitative Portfolio Analysis
  • Finance within the Macroeconomy
  • Corporate Valuation & Modeling


Carlson School of Management’s Master of Science in Finance has a very impressive employment record with 95% of 2017 graduates accepting job offers within 6 months of graduation. Through a wide range of services, the Graduate Business Career Center assists Carlson School students with all aspects of their career development, and connects students with top companies in Minnesota, across the United States, and around the world.




Top 3 Sectors

  1. Financial Services     53%
  2. Manufacturing          17%
  3. Technology               12%


Companies recruiting from Carlson Master of Science in Finance

Consulting Sector
  • BCG
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Deloitte
  • Accenture
  • Societe Generale
  • Citi
  • US Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • HNA Group

Want to know your chances at Carlson?

Carlson Alumni Info

The Carlson School Network is made up of 55,000 alumni in 102 countries worldwide.Year after year, students connect with sought-after companies and business leaders from the Questrom community while looking for professionals who have the ambition to make a difference


Some Famous Alumni

M.Sc Finance Class Profile

Class Size


Average GMAT


Average Age


 Average Work Exp

6 Months

Useful Information

Carlson School employees are broadly perceived for their aptitude in Finance and Economics. The educators who train MS in Finance courses likewise lead insightful research that is changing the field for the twenty-first century.Carlson School’s MS in Finance program provides a solid foundation for building a career in finance. The curriculum combines expert instruction in finance theory with practical application to prepare students for a range of careers in finance.


  • Completion of Calculus&Statistics Course
  • You must have earned, or expect to earn, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the start of the program








   Rounds                     Deadline Dates
   Round 1                  1st November 2018
   Round 2                  4th January 2019
   Round 3                   1st February 2019
   Round 4                    1st March 2019
   Round 5                    1st April, 2019

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Application Information

Application Documents

  • Transcripts of your previous institution
  • An official copy of your degree certificate
  • Online application form
  • Application Essays
  • GMAT/GRE score
  • One page CV
  • 2 Letter of Recommendations; one academic & one professional
  • IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge CPE, CAE or PTE Academic score (for some international students)
  • NonRefundable Application fee of 75 USD

Application Essays

Carlson Master of Science in Finance’s application comprises of 1 statement of purpose under 750 words and a video essay question. Carlson takes its essays very seriously and uses it as a medium to understand the strengths and weaknesses of prospective students. So make sure your essays are top notch.


Video essay question

The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you. You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team. Treat this video essay as if you were having a conversation with a member of our admissions committee. You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities. You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay.