Category: MS Programs

Simon’s MS in Accountancy Program Receives STEM Designation

We have exciting news to share about a recent distinction for our MS in Accountancy program: we are now designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program under the United States Department of Homeland Security, effective the 2018–2019 academic year!

MSA photoOur MS in Accountancy is one of the few graduate accountancy programs in the US to achieve this designation, while also offering the academic preparation required to sit for the New York State CPA exam. In response to feedback from current students, recent graduates, and corporate partners, we have built on our longstanding strength in analytics to enhance our program as we strive to live by the University of Rochester’s motto, Meliora, which means “Ever Better.” The MS Accountancy STEM designation is an external stamp of approval that recognizes the many distinctive qualities already present in the Simon MSA curriculum, with modest changes to our existing coursework. STEM will provide many benefits to you as an incoming MS in Accountancy student, including:

  • Creating expanded offerings in the program’s core curriculum, including new courses in statistics using R and programming for analytics
  • Allowing eligible graduates on an F1 international student visa to remain in the country for an additional 24 months of optional practical training (OPT)—for a total of 36 months without the requirement of a work visa
  • Signaling program quality and rigor to employers

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MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

We have exciting news to share: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM designated MS in Finance program by the Financial Times!

No5forPre-Experience_social_MSF v2 (1080x1080)Simon is ranked 5th in the US in this year’s survey and 42nd among the top 65 Master’s in Finance programs in the world. The ranking is a weighted average of alumni career progress, school diversity, international course experience, and faculty research. While Simon performed well across multiple criteria, our primary areas of strength were the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals, salaries increased, and percentage of international students.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, with particular strength in finance, and we are pleased to again be recognized for our world-class MS in Finance program by the Financial Times in its June 18, 2018, issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years.

Our graduates obtain employment in the financial services sector at premier companies such as, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Discover Bank, Goldman Sachs, Nomura Securities, and Société Générale, as well as in a variety of other finance roles at firms such as Accenture, Dell, American Airlines, EY, Gartner, PwC, and Sprint. To learn more about our world-class MSF program, please visit our website or contact us at to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Learn Why 82% of MS Students Choose Our Internship Track

At Simon, all four of our MS programs – accountancy, business analytics, finance, and marketing analytics – offer two programs of study: a 10-month track and a 17-month internship track.  This year, 82% of MS students chose the internship track. Listen to what past students have said about their internship track experience:


With a Simon MS, you have the flexibility to choose the course of study that best suits your situation. If you’re trying to decide between the two tracks, here are a few additional things to consider:

  • Internships are not required. The Career Management Center will supplement your networking efforts by posting internship opportunities you can apply for. If you do not end up completing an internship, you may use the summer to study for the CPA or CFA exam, network for your full-time job search, or build programming skills for specialty certifications.
  • The internship track gives you options. Whether it’s gaining experience in a new field prior to the full-time job search or building your professional network, the 17-month track builds flexibility into your program.
  • Regardless of the track you choose, the curriculum is the same. The only difference is timing. On the internship track, you will delay one of your classes until the second fall term. This class is offered remotely, but in order to complete the program you must return to Rochester for your last three hours of lecture and final exam at the end of the fall term.

Whether you take the 10-month track or the 17-month track, the path toward your future career begins at Simon. Apply now — we are still accepting applications for Fall 2018 entry! Applications are reviewed as they are received and scholarship support is always available.

If you have questions about the MS program tracks or any aspect of the application, please reach out to the Admissions Office