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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 Alipay.com, 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 admissions@simon.rochester.edu to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Myths about Rochester…

City of Rochester SkylineNow that the recruiting season is beginning for us in Admissions, we get to meet and converse with prospective students from across the county and abroad who are just starting their search for the perfect MBA program.  These interactions are what help us shape the incoming MBA and MS classes, but also give us insight into marketplace perceptions.  In recent travel, I have had to assure students that, one, we do not live in an ice and snow laden tundra; two, that the city has great culture and lifestyle; and three, that one studying in Rochester can find employment opportunities post-graduation beyond upstate New York.

Let me begin by dispelling the climate myth.  Occasionally someone will come up to speak with me and say, “I was considering the Simon MBA because of its great programs, but I just can’t force myself to live in snow nine months of the year…”  or perhaps instead they say, “I can’t force myself to survive in subzero temperatures…”  This is not true.  While we do get snow (definitely more than any school in Florida), it’s usually only from late November until March.  Since we know we will be getting snow each year, the City of Rochester is very good at plowing roads in the wee hours of the morning before any traffic really begins, and the university maintenance staff is equally prepared and effective to clear sidewalks and passageways on campus.  There are also underground tunnels for students to use so they never have to leave the warmth of a building.  The plus side to the weather in winter is that there are dozens of sports and activities that students get involved in ranging from downhill and cross country skiing to simply sledding.  This also means that we are a four season city, with autumn (my personal favorite for hiking and biking around town), spring and summer each having their own unique festivals, events and activities in which to participate.

On to the next myth: that there is nothing to do in Rochester.  While we are not as big as New York City in either population size or cost of living (thankfully), we still have plenty to keep you busy.  As of the year 2000, the metro area of Rochester had a population of more than 1 million, with social and athletic activities, restaurants and cultural venues catering to each person.  Restaurants from a wide variety of ethnic designations, dozens of bars, theatre, museums (for young and old as Rochester is home to the Strong Museum of Play), music conservatories, and parks are everywhere.  The geography of the region allows for easy access to the Finger Lake region where there are dozens of vineyards to explore or numerous state and national parks where one can walk, hike, bike or camp.  Rochester is fortunate that the location is accessible to the 14 northeastern states in the U.S. as well as two major Canadian cities, Montreal and Toronto.  This means the majority of large cities in the Northeast and Midwest can be reached in less than a day’s drive, usually in only a few hours.  For those who want to move a little faster to get to their intended destinations, the Rochester International Airport also services more than 200 flights daily across the U.S. and abroad.

Now, let’s address the last myth about job placement.  While it is true that students attending a graduate program can expect more job placement opportunity in the region where their program is located, (for us that would mean the northeast region of the U.S.) that does not preclude students from placing elsewhere.   Our most populated alumni networks for the University of Rochester are in Rochester and New York City, however, we have strong alumni networks in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and in most major cities abroad on each continent.  If students are looking for placement based on geography rather than job function, there are at least a few well-connected alumni in almost every city on the map for the Simon School.

Hopefully this blog has opened your eyes a bit to the possibilities available here in Rochester for a fun, intense and rewarding education that isn’t underneath 20 feet of snow in the winter quarter.  Even so…I still recommend you buy a winter jacket before winter quarter arrives.