Simon Rises in Finance Ranking; Introducing Anticipated MS Finance Class of 2016

I write this blog post today with great contentment. Simon Business School is ranked No. 5 among U.S. schools for our pre-experience MS Finance program in an annual survey recently released by the Financial Times of London. Financial Times defines pre-experience programs as those aimed at students who have little or no professional experience. The ranking can be accessed here.


Simon alumni who graduated with an MS in Finance degree in 2012 were invited to complete the survey. For the pre-experience ranking, alumni responses are used to assess criteria including “salary today,” “placement success,” and “international mobility,” among others, that together account for 55 percent of the ranking’s weight.

When Simon first appeared in the survey last year, the MS Finance program was ranked No. 7. The Simon Community is excited to have moved up in the rankings – after all, this international recognition underscores the extraordinary talent of our world-class faculty and students. Areas of significant improvement since last year were placement success, salary today, and percentage employed three months post graduation. Our success is also reflected in an increase in applications this year, indicating that we will likely enroll a slightly bigger class in the future.

Based on student feedback, we have also created new, dedicated resources in the Career Management Center and Student Services that we hope will lead to even better outcomes for our current and future students.

Speaking of our future students, Simon’s MS Finance Class of 2016 will arrive to Rochester, NY in only a few short weeks. We look forward to welcoming this anticipated class – which is comprised of more than 180 students – as students have unique profiles:

  • Citizens of 20 countries, spanning 5 continents.
  • Students attended more than 120+ undergraduate institutions across the globe and majored in an array of subjects including Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance/Financial Management, Management, Mathematics, among others.
  • An average of 1.6 years of full-time work experience prior to enrolling at Simon.
  • Students have work and internship experience at a variety of companies, including Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Citibank, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, PwC, Standard Chartered Bank, among others.

We are proud of our longstanding tradition of excellence in the area of Finance, and we look forward to continuing this tradition with our anticipated MS Finance Class of 2016!

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