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Acceptance into the 3+2 program is acceptance for study through the master's level at St. Ambrose University, subject to the student maintaining good standing and the student electing to continue on for their master's study in the second year. Admissions only is available for the Fall Semester.


Admissions Requirements

To qualify to study at St. Ambrose University, Guangdong students must:

  • Have earned a GPA of 75 (3.25 US standard) at GDUF.
  • Have taken either the TOEFL or IELTS prior to their application and must receive no less than 70 on the TOEFL iBT, 523 on the TOEFL pBT or 5.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS.
  • Achieve the following minimum scores on parts of these tests:

TOEFL iBT: 18 on Reading, Speaking and Writing; 16 on Listening
TOEFL pBT: 53 on Reading; 56 on Writing; and 51 on Listening
ELTS: 5.5 on Reading, Speaking and Writing; 5.0 on Listening

  • Submit two letters of reference. Applicants should seek letters from individuals who can attest to the candidate's ability to succeed in a graduate program in finance.

If more applicants than the quota apply for admission to the 3+2 program, applicants will be selected based upon cumulative GPA at Guangdong University and the submitted letters of reference.

At the end of the first year, enrolled students will receive their Guangdong undergraduate degree upon maintenance of a 2.0 grade point average at St. Ambrose University. The applicant will continue on in to Master's study providing they remain a student in good standing. This requires that the student:

  • Maintain a grade point average 2.50 in the first semester and 3.00 for the second semester
  • Submit a new application for graduate study, attesting to the individual's willingness to continue graduate studies at St. Ambrose University and a required step to maintaining a student visa

If these conditions are met, the student will automatically continue in the Master's program. In the final two semesters, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and earn no less than a C (2.00) in every course. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student will then be awarded a Master's of Finance degree from St. Ambrose University.