Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan, Case Western Reserve Collaboration

April 7, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

New Agreement Offers OWU Students Early Acceptance into CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is joining with Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to create an early admission pathway for Ohio Wesleyan students seeking to earn a Master of Science in Management (MSM)-Finance degree from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Through the new agreement, Ohio Wesleyan students accepted into the Weatherhead School will receive a $10,000 scholarship for its MSM-Finance program – a STEM degree – and have the potential to receive additional merit-based scholarships. Applications are being accepted now, with application fees waived for OWU students.

To be eligible for early decision acceptance into the Weatherhead School, Ohio Wesleyan students must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the end of their junior year, and have completed specific OWU economics, business, and accounting classes with at least a B in each course.

In addition, the students must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test, and have earned a score in at least the 75th percentile for admission.

To begin at Case Western Reserve, admitted students must complete all of their coursework at Ohio Wesleyan with a final grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Once enrolled, the students can select from four career-focused tracks:

  • Financial Big Data Analytics (STEM eligible)
  • Corporate Financial Analytics (STEM eligible)
  • Risk Management Analytics (STEM eligible)
  • Corporate Finance

In addition, the Weatherhead School offers a course in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology. The course places an emphasis not only on understanding the theoretical underpinnings of various AI models, but also on building, evaluating, and critiquing AI models as they apply to the finance industry.

Case Western Reserve is part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, with the Weatherhead School’s MSM-Finance program acknowledged for incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and emphasizing the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Graduates are well-positioned to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, widely regarded as the most respected investment credential in the world. Ohio Wesleyan’s Finance Economics program also is part of the CFA Institute University Recognition program.

“Ohio Wesleyan is excited to work with Case Western Reserve to create this new pathway for our students at the highly-regarded and highly-ranked Weatherhead School of Management,” said OWU Provost Charles L. Stinemetz. “The Weatherhead School’s Master of Science in Management-Finance program will help OWU graduates to make valuable contributions in the areas of corporate finance, financial modeling, valuation, derivatives, risk management, and financial econometrics.”

“Collaboration and creating pathways to higher education are core values at the Weatherhead School, and we look forward to welcoming and working with the excellent students from Ohio Wesleyan as they pursue their educational and career goals,” said Ted Evans, senior director of admissions at the Weatherhead School.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and Business at www.owu.edu/economics. Learn more about Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management at https://weatherhead.case.edu.

About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu. 

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing, and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,700 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit https://case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

About Weatherhead School of Management

The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is committed to the development of transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the advancement of business and society. Through an innovative curriculum, Weatherhead continues to lead market trends and position graduates for high-demand jobs that bridge analytics, technology, and business. As educators within the management school of a top research university, Weatherhead faculty are committed to expanding knowledge and contributing to global scholarship through their research. Our 20,000+ alumni use their globally ranked management education to advance business practices in organizations around the world.