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Admission is competitive. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. To apply, use either the paper (PDF) or online application. Applications are not reviewed until the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies receives all required materials. Students are notified of admission decisions after materials have been received and evaluated.

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Admission Requirements and Documents

  • Completed application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work received directly from each institution
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants may submit a request to waive the GMAT through their admissions counselor if they meet the following criteria:
    • M.S. in Finance applicants who have passed any level of the CFA exam
    • M.S. in Finance applicants who submit sufficient evidence they meet ALL of the following criteria:
      • A business degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.25 or better
      • Earned a grade of B or higher in relevant coursework deemed appropriate by the Sykes College of Business admissions committee. These courses will depend on the program of interest. No exceptions on the B or higher requirement. 
    Note: Meeting the criteria listed above only qualifies a student to request a GMAT waiver. All GMAT waivers are reviewed on an individual basis and must be approved by a committee. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.
  • Two professional reference forms (PDF) completed by individuals who attest to the applicant's professional background and academic potential (letters of recommendation are accepted, if preferred)
  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement: In approximately 500-1,000 words, describe your professional goals and how a graduate degree from The University of Tampa will help you accomplish those goals. In turn, you may also want to emphasize what you can contribute to the graduate program.
  • International applicants: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report

Application Deadlines

There is no application deadline. Applications are evaluated for fall, spring and summer terms on a rolling basis. Qualified students are admitted until spaces are full for the relevant term. Admission is competitive, and students are encouraged to apply early. Students are notified of their status once all documents have been received.

Applicants can send required documents the following ways:


Fax: (813) 258-7451

The University of Tampa
Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box F
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

Official documents must come in the original form.