Application is made to the Combination Degree Program in the second year at UF. The sooner a second-year student applies, the better it is for course planning, job placement and mentoring opportunities. Students accepted to the program early enough in their second year are often assisted in finding sophomore summer opportunities and introduced to junior summer internship firms.
- Step 1: Complete the pre-application form to express interest at any point on the calendar.
- Step 2: Submit complete application by the due date for the application window you choose:
August 28: Application due
Sept 2: Interview invitation received or application declined
Sept 6 – Oct 6: Interviews
Oct 10: Results released
Oct 9: Application due
Oct 14: Interview invitation received or application declined
Oct 25 – Nov 17: Interviews
Nov 21: Results released
Nov 17: Application due
Nov 21: Interview invitation received or application declined
Nov 29: Remaining interviews begin
Decisions made on rolling basis
After Nov 20: Pending space availability, late applications considered on a rolling basis
The interview will result in a candidate’s application being denied, waitlisted, or conditionally accepted.
Waitlisted applicants can expect a final decision at the end of May. Pending available space, waitlisted applicants’ updated transcripts, resumes and Statements of Purpose will be reviewed upon conclusion of the spring semester.
Conditionally accepted interviewees receive the MSF Handbook to participate in the next internship interview-training module. Module start dates are Oct 28 (in-person), Feb 10 (in-person) and June 14 (online). Conditional acceptance will be lifted upon review of sophomore performance. The accepted student will be eligible for MSF course registration once a Combination Degree Form is signed by Undergraduate and Graduate programs.
A complete application requires the following by the due date:
- Two letters of recommendation emailed directly to Mrs. Herring by the people making the recommendations. The student is copied on the thank you reply email, so the applicant will know the recommendation has been received.
- Transcripts are available to the MSF Admissions Committee electronically. Applicants do not need to order or email their transcript since the transcript are added to the applicant file from the UF Student Information System. The Committee will be looking for strong evidence that the undergraduate courses at UF have not been enough of a challenge. A minimum 3.5 overall GPA is expected. The average application GPA for the MSF classes of 2023 and 2024 was 3.88.
- SAT/ACT scores are also accessible to the Admissions Committee electronically. The MSF Program does not require a GMAT nor GRE score. Applicants may submit a GMAT score to enhance the MSF application. Any GMAT score received will be included as part of the holistic application review process. The minimum expected SAT combined math and reading score is 1350/1600, or ACT math 31/36. The MSF class of 2023 and 2024 average SAT was 1449, and average ACT math was 33.
After you have been copied on thank you emails to the people sending your recommendation letters, indicating that both of your recommendation letters have been confirmed, applicants should email Mrs. Herring the next two items together:
- Resume formatted for use in the finance industry. Resume material may be verified. “Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.”
- Statement of Purpose describing the chosen career path and listing firms in the areas of interest. An important criterion for admission is a document focused briefly on long-term career expectations, and more extensively on the junior summer internship from which the applicant would want to receive an offer to return full-time. The document must show evidence that the applicant has a clear idea of what the internship entails, their suitability for the job, and what they like about the job and that particular area of finance. Include information about how these decisions were made. An Excel or Word table with the following should accompany the paragraphs of text: the list of firms targeted for junior summer internship, the caliber of students those companies select (GPA, other suitability criteria), and some understanding of the recruitment process (hiring calendars for those firms, indication of which companies recruit UF students on campus and which firms that have hired MSF students that do not recruit on campus).
Interviewees should demonstrate characteristics appropriate for the graduate business courses and qualifications expected by the firms they have targeted in their Statement of Purpose. These traits include:
- An innate interest in financial current events and other industry related subjects
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to articulate ideas
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral
- Strong work ethic
- Achievement-oriented character
Each of the application materials, and the interview, are used to assess an applicant’s motivation, ability, preparedness and maturity for the MSF Combination Degree Program.