MS in Finance ranked No. 6 in the US by Financial Times of London

We are pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its MS in Finance program by the Financial Times of London for the third consecutive year. Simon is ranked 6th in the US in this year’s survey and 43rd among the top 60 Master in Finance programs in the world.

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 19, 2017 issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years.

To ensure our MS in Finance program remains one of the nation’s top programs, we strive for continuous improvement. The program was recently STEM designated, and in fact, our first cohort of MSF STEM students will be graduating in December after completing a new course, Financial Modeling, which was designed to satisfy recruiter’s demands for students who have applied financial experience.

Hear our students describe the program in their own words:


Interested in an MS in Finance from Simon? We are accepting applications for fall 2017 on a case-by-case basis, and our application for fall 2018 enrollment opens in a few weeks — stay tuned!

Simon Students Attend Annual Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Orientation Program

The following post was written by Rebekah Lewin ’02 MBA, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid.

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta, GA with Dean Ainslie and staff from the admissions, career management, and advancement offices. Our visit to Atlanta coincided with the 51st annual Orientation Program hosted by The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. As a board of trustee for The Consortium, I was excited to see the organization in action as they work to support the advancement of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in business management roles.

CGSM_OP2017When we arrived Friday afternoon, I spent time with Julie Sadwick and Kelly Umansky greeting our 15 incoming MBA students and providing them with some Simon swag to wear during the conference. Later that evening, we hosted a private dinner for our students, alumni, staff, and guests at White Oak. Following engaging dinner conversation, we were honored to have Kathy Waller, Simon MBA and Consortium alumna and CFO of Coca-Cola, provide welcoming remarks and advice to our students. We then heard from Jim Doyle Jr., a successful entrepreneur and generous Simon donor and scholarship supporter who provided additional words of advice and encouragement to our students. Alumni and current students who attended the dinner provided lots of networking opportunities with work experience at companies such as 3M, Accenture, Bank of America, Booz Allen, Kimberly Clark, Merrill Lynch, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, and more.

CGSM_Classof2019Saturday morning marked the official kick-off to the conference, and after an engaging session with over 475 students from all 18 member B-schools, we moved into our School-hosted meetings. After our incoming MBA students were taught the School cheer “UR Simon,” we moved into an interactive session of practicing interview questions and introductions, designed to help students as they navigate the career fair and networking opportunities with more than 50 corporate partners. Later that morning, we had our School photo taken – one with just the students and another with all of the staff, alumni, and Simon contacts who were on site.

I left Saturday afternoon to return to Rochester, but the conference continued through Tuesday for our incoming students. Even though I was only there a short time, it was an amazing experience. I left with a sense of pride in our students, alumni, and staff – we have an amazing and talented group of individuals who are deeply committed to supporting each other, and I am honored to be a part of the Simon family.

MS Job Preview: Wyatt Buerkle joins PwC

Wyatt Buerkle is a member of Simon’s MS in Accountancy Class of 2017. He recently answered some questions about his new role as audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

What is your job? What is your title and what are your anticipated responsibilities?
My job is in midtown Manhattan as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. My first responsibility will be to immerse myself into the rigors of my role with PwC. I have no previous practical financial accounting experience, so everything will be new to me. My anticipated job responsibilities include key quantitative tasks, such as testing various aspects of the financial statements, and key qualitative demands, such as working towards team goals with my group and building a strong relationship with the client.

WyattHow did you find this position?
I found the position online through the Simon Career Management Center’s career portal, Simon Works.

What Career Management Center (CMC) resources did you use to help you prepare for the interview process or any of the job responsibilities?
To prepare for the interview I used multiple CMC resources, including: the VMock résumé builder, the MS Accounting Fast Track program, Got Mock? interview preparation, practice sessions with the accountancy student career advisor, Jackie, Simon Works, and multiple meetings and phone calls with my dedicated career advisor, Heidi Ames.

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
I look most forward to receiving and getting acquainted with my client, meeting my team members, getting the opportunity to explore the NYC area, and of course, my paycheck!

What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your role?
I expect the most challenging aspect of my role will be busy season, especially because I have no previous practical financial accounting experience.

Are you relocating? If so, what are you looking forward to exploring in your new home?
I will be relocating from Rochester to the NYC area, though I’m not exactly sure where yet. I look forward to exploring the New York food scene and the City’s parks and historical sites, and I hope to find a local soccer league I can join. Most importantly though, I am a diehard New York Red Bulls fan, so I look forward to buying season tickets and supporting my team!

Internship Preview: Wen Chine joins StartFast Venture Accelerator

Wen Chine is a member of Simon’s MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2017. She recently answered a few questions about her internship this summer. 

Where is your summer internship? What is your title and what are your anticipated responsibilities?
My internship is with StartFast Venture Accelerator in Syracuse, NY. As an associate, I expect to support startup development by providing data-driven marketing solutions and evaluating potential to secure funds.

Wen ChineHow did you find this position?
I found this internship by participating in an information session. I reached out to the company’s founder to do some networking, and eventually secured an interview.

What Career Management Center (CMC) resources did you use to help you prepare for the interview process or any of the job responsibilities?
As I was going through the process of securing the internship, I routinely checked in with my CMC career consultants, Libby Bakken and Kathy Driscoll.

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
I am looking forward to the hands-on, data-driven business development experiences in the startup ecosystem. I’m also looking forward to supporting my clients’ success. I am excited for this opportunity to work with my teammates, startups, founders of startup accelerators, and other investors to contribute to the rapid growth of the startups. I am eager to align this experience with my background and leverage it to enhance my career development.

Are you relocating? If so, what are you looking forward to exploring in your new home?
I am relocating to Syracuse, NY (about 90 minutes from Rochester), and I am fortunate that StartFast is orchestrating my move. I am excited to explore my new city!