MS in Finance Program Receives STEM Designation

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

I’m pleased to share news of a recent distinction earned by of our programs – The Simon Business School Master of Science in Finance degree program is now designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, effective the 2017-2018 academic year.

We are very excited about this STEM designation, which will provide many benefits to our MS in Finance students, including:

  • Creating expanded experiential learning offerings in the program’s core curriculum, including a new course in financial modeling and a new applied finance project
  • Launching a finance lab to support the rigorous analytics and practical application of the critical financial and regulatory software and databases
  • Allowing eligible graduates on F1 student visas 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

As you may know, Simon Business School takes an analytic and economics-based approach to business, training graduates to solve the most complex business issues facing companies in the global marketplace. This approach has not gone unnoticed, as our MS in Finance program has been ranked among the top ten programs in the nation for three consecutive years. In their most recent ranking, Financial Times of London ranked it fifth in the US for pre-experience MS in Finance programs.

You might be familiar with the University of Rochester’s motto, Meliora, which means “Ever Better.” The MS in Finance STEM designation is an example of Simon striving to live by this motto by continuously enhancing the School and its programs.

If you have questions about this distinction or any part of the application process, please reach out to our Admissions Office at (585) 275-3533 or

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