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Jump-start your master's program

Are you a motivated finance major looking to position yourself for expanded earnings and career options without the traditional enrollment pace? If so, our accelerated entry into the Master of Quantitative Finance is the right 4+1 program for you. Through this program, you will take graduate courses during your senior year that apply to both your undergrad and MS degrees, shortening your overall time to a graduate degree. Even with an early start, you will continue to receive hands-on investment experience by managing a $1.3 million real-money portfolio through the Student Management Investment Fund class at the graduate level.

How to get started

Keep GPA strong

Plan to demonstrate you are prepared to enter into a graduate program by maintaining a strong GPA. Participating in summer internships early enhances your resume and secures evidence of early professional experience.

Begin to explore

Begin your 4+1 exploration with your assigned undergraduate advisor as early as possible (preferably Sophomore or latest by Junior year) to maximize potential for enrollment sequencing during your senior year.

When to apply

When classified as a junior, request an “Advisor Clearance Form” from your advisor and arrange an appointment with the graduate program advisor. You must complete 90-plus hours of undergraduate study to apply to the Graduate College.



To apply early for the MS QF degree, students must be enrolled in the BSBA in Finance through Spears. Students must complete 90 credit hours or more toward their undergraduate degree by the end of the term of application.

Up to 10 credit hours applicable towards the MS QF program can be taken at the graduate level during a student’s senior year.

Applicants must submit:

  • Advisor Clearance Form

  • Official transcripts with a minimum 3.5 GPA on coursework completed at OSU

  • Three letters of professional recommendation

  • Statement of goals and objectives

  • Vita/resume

  • Official GMAT/GRE Scores


Timeline for Traditional Fall Admission to MSQF Program

Year/term Junior Fall Junior Spring Senior Fall Senior Spring Senior Summer Graduate Fall Graduate Spring Completion
Hours     3 3 3 12* 12* 33 total hours*
Prepare for GMAT/GRE
Apply by March 15
Up to 6 hours
Up to 6 hours
Up to 6 hours (optional)

*May enroll in more hours either term or in subsequent summer to satisfy plan of study if senior year enrollment was light


Cost & Assistance

Cost for each program will vary depending on credit-hours taken, scholarship funding, assistantships and financial aid. Complete the Free Application for

Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) to calculate eligibility for aid.


Assistantships vary by department. Please contact the program coordinator for information on assistantships and funding opportunities. 




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