A New Simon Degree comes to New York City

By: Crisandra Harrison

Before launching into the details of this exciting new program of study, I think it is important to acknowledge where the idea came from: Simon students.  Simon students are passionate and creative, often coming up with great suggestions to better the Simon School as they go through their student experience.  These students graduate and become amazing business leaders.  However, while their creative minds are in the halls of Simon, we strive to learn as much as we can about their ideas and experiences. 

Dean Mark Zupan teaches a class called ‘Meliora,’ the University of Rochester’s motto meaning ‘ever better.’  Students who enroll learn about the administration of the Simon School.  The culminating project is presenting a proposal for an initiative to better the Simon School.  The winning team – as chosen by the Dean, faculty and alumni – receives a cash prize and capital to invest into bringing their project to fruition.  In 2009, a team of MBA students in the Meliora class recommended bringing a MS Finance degree program to New York City.  They won the competition and now Simon is proud to introduce a new 13-month part-time program designed for working professionals in early March 2011.

Why a MS in Finance? Simon has always had strength in the area of finance.  The rankings prove it: #5 in the world for finance according to the Financial Times of London in January 2010; #13 in finance according to U.S. News and World Report in May 2010; and overall #4 in the U.S. for return on investment in Business Week in October 2008. Additionally, there has been significant growth in popularity of specialized master’s programs in the U.S. over the past several years.

Why in New York City?  New York City is home to more than 3,000 members of the Simon alumni community.  With Simon’s strength in finance and our analytic, economics-based approach to management education, this new program will be a great fit for working professionals seeking an advanced degree in the world’s financial capital.

Key Program Details:

  • Ten courses conducted on alternate weekends in midtown Manhattan, including the world-renowned faculty from your Simon experience;
  • Two courses held in residency weeks at our Rochester campus and in Europe;
  • A convenient schedule that allows participants to maintain their professional commitments while gaining a world-class education and developing a network of peers from the Tri-State region; and
  • The opportunity to apply all MS credits earned toward a Simon MBA with an additional year of study in Rochester.
  • Click here to view the Simon MS Finance in NYC Brochure

To learn more about this new program, visit: www.simon.rochester.edu/msfnyc.  Manhattan information receptions will be held on November 9 and December 14, or our offices can be contacted directly at msfnyc@simon.rochester.edu to learn more.

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