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How to Apply

To apply to HSE ICEF, please prepare a variety of documents to help us assess your qualifications. Remember, all materials must be submitted online by the application deadlines.

Application dates:

  • November 1, 2023

    Start of application submission, review of applications by educational programmes

  • March 15, 2024

    Deadline for accepting applications for Russian government scholarship places

  • August 11, 2024

    Deadline for applications

  • August 15, 2024

    Deadline for portfolio submission


A complete Master of Financial Economics application consists of the following:

1. Resume

Please prepare a standard resume that includes your academic achievements and work experience in reverse chronological order with degrees, titles, dates. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. The resume should be no more than one page in length.

2. Motivation Letter

Please upload a personal statement that describes your academic interest in and understanding of the programme, as well as your purpose and objectives in undertaking this graduate study. 500 words.

3. Diploma and academic transcripts

Please scan and upload all copies of your academic records from all universities whose courses counted toward a degree. If your transcripts are not in English or in Russian, you are required to provide a certified translation of them. We ask that you scan both the original and translated copies and submit them with your application.

4. Abstract of your undergraduate thesis or scientific papers, publications

Please upload at least one writing sample.

5. English Proficiency certificates

All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received their entire undergraduate education in an English-speaking country must submit scores from one of the internationally recognized assessments of English language proficiency - IELTS (≥6.0), TOEFL (≥80), BEC V (grade A), BEC H, FCE (grades A, B), CAE, CPE.

6. GMAT, GRE, GRE Mathematics Subject Test certificates* (optional)

These exams are not obligatory, but taking them and obtaining high scores can improve candidate's chances of successful application.

*ICEF’s GRE Institution code 3848

7. Recommendation letters

You can submit letter(s) of recommendation (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work). Please provide your recommenders with HSE’s letter of recommendation guidelines.