Important Dates

Late January (junior year): Admissions application due

February: Admissions interviews scheduled

March: Admissions decisions announced

Fall/Spring semester (senior year): Interviews for internships

Summer following senior year: Internships conducted


The MS in Finance, Investment and Banking Program is open to all Wisconsin School of Business BBA students, regardless of their major, as well as UW–Madison undergraduate economics students. The program adds one incremental year beyond the BBA requirements.

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree—from any institution and in any field of study—may wish to consider the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA specialization in applied security analysis.

How We Decide

When considering applications to the MS in Finance degree program, we look for the following characteristics:

  • Academic excellence, including an academic profile that will lead to graduate school admission
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical capabilities
  • Leadership and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the profession and why it is a good fit for you

The admissions committee places some emphasis on a student’s involvement in activities outside the classroom, such as participation in student organizations. These activities help students develop the personal and professional characteristics that will support academic and career success.

Class Profile


Average undergraduate GPA
(MS in Finance 2019 graduating class)

Application Process

The application process to the MS in Finance Program has two parts.

Apply to the MS in Finance Program

Apply to the MS in Finance, Investment and Banking Program in the spring semester of your junior year by submitting an online application. A link to the application is sent to all UW–Madison undergraduate students in finance. The deadline to apply is in late January.

Apply to the Graduate Program

Following your admission to the program as an MS in Finance candidate and at the start of your senior year, you will complete a separate, online application process with the UW–Madison Graduate School. This application process requires you to complete certain essays.

Tuition and Fees

Program Tuition and Fees for 2019–2020 Academic Year

Tuition, Fees,
Tuition $21,166 $42,703
Segregated Fees* $1,452 $1,452
Yearly Total $22,618 $44,155

Exact tuition and fees are set each August by the state legislature; tuition may vary from year to year. Additional information is available from the Office of the Registrar. In the dropdown menu for “Student Career,” please refer to the “Business Masters” category.

*The segregated fee rate is updated each summer by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

**Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. Students certified under this agreement, although classified as nonresidents, are assessed the comparable instructional fees in effect at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus, plus the segregated fees assessed all UW–Madison graduate students. Contact the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office for a reciprocity application.

Financial Support

Financial support may be available for MS in Finance students in the form of tuition awards, CFA Institute scholarships, or teaching assistantship opportunities. Please contact us with any questions.

In addition, each student completes a paid internship in the summer following the senior year.

Students who join the Hawk Center's Applied Security Analysis Program for the optional winter trip to New York City and Boston will have some of their travel costs subsidized.

Additional resources are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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