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Rady School of Management – UC San Diego - Master of Finance

UC San Diego Master of Finance Program Structure

The UC San Diego Master of Finance degree at Rady School of Management is a full-time program. Students can opt to complete their degree in one year, or to finish in 15 months, which includes a summer internship. The program is composed of a pre-term orientation that includes a series of ‘boot camps,’ and four semesters—the last of which includes a four-unit capstone course. The program emphasizes quantitative models and method and is usually completed within 12 to 15 months.


The UC San Diego Master of Finance program is a 52-unit degree program. The curriculum consists of four core courses, eight four-unit elective courses and a four-unit capstone. There is also a mandatory Pre-Term Orientation approximately two weeks before Fall quarter.

The year-long program emphasizes training in empirical finance, quantitative methods, financial econometrics, data analysis, and risk management. Students will also study econometric modeling and empirical finance.

Class Profile

Recent figures showed that 146 students are enrolled UC San Diego Master of Finance class, with 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. The average student age is 23.


The Rady School Career Connections staff provides students with a network of support as they pursue their post-graduation career goals.

Rady Graduate Career Connections actively works with Rady students to provide assistance during the application process for internships or full-time employment, and prepare them for career success through guidance and mentoring.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The most recent available tuition figures show that fees for UC San Diego Master of Finance students is $1,220 per unit.

To be considered for financial assistance or non-subsidized loans, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Rady provides limited merit-based fellowship support to exceptional individuals. All domestic and international admitted students are invited to apply for a Rady fellowship by requesting the Fellowship Application from the Graduate Admissions office after they receive their official offer of admission.


Undergraduate degrees in economics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics will be considered. Students with non-quantitative undergraduate degrees will be considered on an exceptional basis if they have work experience in a quantitative field.

The following criteria will be considered for admission:

  1. Post-university work or research experience in a quantitative discipline is recommended, but not required.
  2. Experience with statistical and econometric applications (Examples: SAS, STATA, MatLab, R, S-Plus).
  3. A strong quantitative background including coursework in subjects such as linear algebra, multivariate calculus, differential equations, numerical analysis or advanced statistics and probability.
  4. Experience with mathematical tools (Examples: MatLab, or Mathematica).

Master of Finance application requirements:

    1. Online application form
    2. Transcripts
    3. Resume or CV
    4. Quantitative Background
    5. Recommendations
    6. State of Purpose
    7. GMAT or GRE Scores
    8. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)
    9. $105 Domestic Application Fee, $125 International Application Fee

Application deadlines are as follows:

Dec. 1, 2019 – 1st Round
Feb. 1, 2020 – 2nd Round
April 1, 2020 – 3rd Round / International Student Deadline
June 1, 2020 – 4th Round Deadline

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