Apply to the Illinois MSF - Details
Complete an online application for summer term
Note: the MSF begins in June; there is no fall entry.
The University of Illinois uses a single online application for all graduate programs, therefore not all information asked on the application is relevant to the MSF program. Before you complete the online application, please note the following:
University of Illinois MSF online application:
- Your online application will be forwarded electronically from the University Office of Admissions to the MSF Program office.
- The MSF program is a self-supported graduate program within the Finance Department in the Business College. The program does not provide financial aid, fellowships, or scholarships to program participants.
Pay application fee ($70 domestic/$90 international)
The University of Illinois application fee is $70 for domestic students and $90 for international students. The fee can be paid by credit card when you submit your online application.
Provide academic credentials
You must list on your online application each institution of post-secondary education from which you have earned credit. You must also upload your transcript/ academic record (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) for each of these institutions.
- Unofficial Academic Credentials
Transcripts / academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your trsnscript) must be uploaded directly to the online application. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English.
- Official Academic Credentials
All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will be asked to submit official or attested credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, et.) in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal, if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois reserves the right to require the submission of official credentials at any time during the admission review process.
Provide official GMAT or GRE scores
MSF applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE test score. All current and previous results must be reported to the University of Illinois electronically.
Scores are reported electronically by PearsonVue. Please self report your score on your application and request PearsonVue to report your score electronically to the University of Illinois MSF program using code "VKRTK14".
Scores for the GRE are reported electronically by the Electronic Testing Service (ETS). Please self report your score on your application and request ETS to report your score electronically to the University of Illinois (Institution Code 1836), Department Code 4102.
If you have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE, please indicate the date you intend to take the exam in your application. On your test day, please fax the unofficial score report to the MSF office at 217-333-1144 and arrange for an official score report to be sent electronically.
Application files will not be reviewed until a GMAT or GRE score is provided.
You may make use of the online tutorials and test preps at the GMAT and GRE websites:
Provide 3 letters of reference
Each applicant must submit 3 letters of reference from academic and/or business sources. Letters of reference should be completed online or sent directly to:
University of ILLINOIS
330 Wohlers Hall, MC 706
1206 S. Sixth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Applicants may use the attached pdf form for their references or use the reference letter forms available to be printed with the online application.
Provide resume (with exact dates of employment(month/year to month/year))
All applications must include a current resume. The resume should include exact dates of employment and clearly indicate whether the applicant is currently employed or not. Any relevant certifications such as the CFA should be included as well. The resume can be uploaded in the on-line application.
Provide written statement
(in 300 words or less describe your area of interest in finance and what your goals are upon completion of the MSF program)
Please submit an essay of no more than 300 words that encompasses the following:
Your essay can be uploaded in the on-line application.
- Discuss the choices that have led you to your current career path and position
- Express your career goals and how the ILLINOIS MSF will help you to achieve these goals
- Indicate your desired position upon completion of the ILLINOIS MSF program
Note: the 300 word statement is the only statement required. Applicants Do NOT need to complete the 1500 word statement referenced in the online application.
You are now leaving the MSF website to complete the University of ILLINOIS online application:
Provide official English score
If English is not your native language you are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. An official score must be provided directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Applicants that have taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using institution code 1836 and department code 00.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should request that IELTS send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Waiver of TOEFL or IELTS
Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if
- you have completed at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- you have a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Provide evidence of financial support for duration of program
All students that require a student visa to enroll at the University of Illinois must provide evidence of financial support before the University can provide the appropriate visa procurement documents (I20 or DS 2019).
All admitted applicants requiring a visa must submit a completed and signed Evidence of Financial Support form along with documents evidencing funds. The University has strict requirements as to which assets and funds are allowed to be used to evidence financial support. Please read the requirements carefully before submitting your financial documentation. All these documents must be scanned and uploaded in the on-line application; they do not need to be mailed to the MSF office.
Declaration and Certification of Finances.
||The University can not accept Declarations that do not comply with the Acceptable Evidence of Financial Support.
Students sponsored by their employer, government or other agency or institution must submit a formal letter of sponsorship that clearly indicates the total amount of support provided and length of support. The sponsorship letter must be on company letterhead, have an original authorized signature and bear a current date. This letter must be scanned and uploaded in the on-line application.
- Complete an online application (registration required)
- Pay application fee ($70 domestic/$90 international)
- Provide transcripts and academic credentials
- Provide official GMAT or GRE scores (taken no earlier than June 2009)
- Provide 3 letters of reference
- Provide resume (with exact dates of employment)
- Provide written statement (in 300 words or less describe your area of interest in finance and what your goals are upon completion of the MSF program)
Additional requirements for international students:
- Provide official TOEFL or IELTS score (taken no earlier than June 2012)
- Provide evidence of financial support for duration of program