We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.
We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:
- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two academic references
See further information on supporting documents
You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.
When to apply
Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.
Minimum entry requirements for MSc Finance (full-time)
Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline and good quantitative skills.
The mathematics used in the programme includes basic calculus and statistics, so applicants are also required to have studied a minimum of A level Mathematics (or its equivalent). Prior work experience is not a pre-requisite for entry into the programme, but can be considered an advantage.
Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.
In addition, admission to this programme is very competitive. In previous years, the majority of students accepted into the programme had obtained first class honours degrees or the equivalent.
Applying to other programmes
The MSc Finance (full-time) and the MSc Finance and Private Equity are identical programmes with the exception of one exclusive, mandatory course in Private Equity available only to MSc Finance and Private Equity students, in which those students must do their dissertation.
Therefore you should not select one of these programmes as your first course choice and the other as your second course choice. Instead you should select your preferred programme only. If the MSc Finance and Private Equity is the preferred option, you should demonstrate why you are particularly suitable for, and want to study, private equity.
GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants without a UK undergraduate degree (GMAT strongly preferred). GMAT is recommended for applicants with UK undergraduate degrees, especially those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies, or those who did not achieve or are not expected to achieve a first class degree.
More about GRE/GMAT