Entry requirements

We seek applicants with a proven academic record who want to acquire further skills to achieve their career goals. You will need to demonstrate both academic ability and motivation. The application process is competitive and you are advised to apply early.  

Admissions criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a good degree (equivalent to a UK 2:1 Honours degree) in Finance, Accounting or, if you already have the CFA Level I qualification, in Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics or another business-related or quantitative subject such as Engineering and Computing. Applications will also be considered from professionally qualified accountants with good examination records.

We accept students with or without CFA Level 1.

Please note, students admitted without CFA Level 1 need to register for the CFA Level 1 exam in December before the start of the programme.

You can find out more about the international qualifications we accept on the main University website.

Offers of places

If you are judged to have already fulfilled all requirements for entry to the programme, you will be given an unconditional offer. Otherwise, you may be given an offer that is conditional upon our receiving further evidence. If you receive an offer, you will be required to pay a deposit in order to secure your place on the programme. If you fail to meet the conditions of your offer, this deposit will be refunded, provided that you have made a reasonable attempt to meet those conditions.

*Applicants who have studied in China should have been awarded, or be expected to achieve, a Bachelor's degree from a Project 211 university with a final overall mark of at least 80%–85%. In addition, we are looking for consistent performance across the complete degree.

English language requirements

Studying at Masters level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken language, and excellent comprehension. For this reason, non-native speakers of English are normally asked to demonstrate their English language competence by taking one of the internationally recognised tests below.

Our minimum language requirements for postgraduate study at LUMS are:

  • IELTS 7.0, of at least 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each element
  • Pearson Academic (PTE) of at least 70 overall, with no less than 62 in each communicative skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • ToEFL iBT 100 (with minimum 22 in each skill)

Please note: IELTS and Pearson scores are valid for two years from the test date.