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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.

If at First You don’t Succeed, be Persistent!

Fahad Mahmood ‘12 overcame many challenges on the way to obtaining the Simon MSF degree and then landing a job with Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory Services in their Boston, MA Office.   In his own words, here’s the story of his journey:

“I’m a candidate from Pakistan who got into the Simon School MS Finance program in 2010 but was ultimately denied a student visa to travel to the US. I did not give up and re-applied for admission to the Simon MSF program with a stronger profile in 2011. I was ecstatic to be re-admitted and offered a better scholarship, but that quickly turned to distress when I was denied a student visa again in 2011.

“This was when the Simon School took my case to Senator Chuck Schumer. He contacted the US consulate in Islamabad, Pakistan and pushed my case for approval. I re-applied and got the student visa within a week and ultimately joined the program, graduating with the MSF in 2012.

“It did not end over there. Completing my MS degree and graduating in June 2012 with a good GPA was just one step in the right direction. Landing a valuations job with a firm like E&Y was a big challenge, especially in current market conditions. During the job search, I remained steadfast and optimistic, along with the highest level of preparation and persistence to finally get the offer.

“Although I am early in my career journey, it is my utmost goal to make everyone who helped me or took a chance with me proud. Thank you so much once again – it would not have been possible without the support of the Simon School!”

What an inspiring story – this is a great reminder about why we do what we do here in the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office!  And a great reminder to each of you as you start 2013 – if at first you don’t succeed, be persistent.  Results don’t always come on the timeline that you want, but success may be right around the corner if you stick with it!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

Learn something different everyday at…Simon

By:Bonnie He Liu

Hi everyone! Hope that you all have enjoyed your new year so far. How is it going with your “New Year Resolution”?  One of my personal goals is to learn something new every day. I am excited to learn any piece of information or knowledge that is new to me. 

Recently I have been attending a Culture and Conversation Workshop, which is supported by the English Language and U.S. Culture Program (ELUSC), along with the Career Management Center (CMC) of Simon School. In this workshop we had a lot of interesting topics such as: the Super Bowl and rules of the American football game; those $3.5 million per 30 seconds commercials during Super Bowl; the “Linsanity” effect caused by the Harvard graduate NBA player Jeremy Lin, impromptu presentations, and non-verbal communication skills etc. Sounds interesting right? Yes they really are. We played football ourselves in class, held a “press conference” to interview Jeremy Lin and his team, ranked the Super Bowl commercials, and then made one minute presentations on chosen topics. During the workshop instructors from ELUSC helped improve our oral English and presentation skills. I found that really helpful! I learned more of American culture, plus gained new skills I need for the professional world.

I did not attend the ELUSC program offered in the summer before I started my MBA study, but should have. This program can really help international students in many ways to better prepare for their MBA life in the U.S. Some of my classmates who attended ELUSC told me that they even had case competitions and other interesting subjects. So I would like to recommend the ELUSC program to the international students who will come this fall since you can learn something new and different early on! If you would like to learn more about ELUSC, please check the Simon’s website at http://www.simon.rochester.edu/programs/elusc/index.aspx.
All right, I need to finish my homework for Financial Statement Analysis. This course is demanding but extremely useful and can be regarded as one of the “must take” courses in Simon, if you want to concentrate on finance. I will tell you about that later so just stay tuned.

P.S. Have you submitted your application yet? Don’t forget that the final application deadline for international students is March 15th. Still have question about the MBA program? Feel free to raise your inquiries to the Admission Office! And I would also love to help if you have any questions so you may contact me at he.liu@simon.rochester.edu.

Good luck and looking forward to meeting you soon at Simon.

Simon Hosts 2nd Annual NYC Conference

By: Crissi

On May 19th Simon held a conference on “Emerging Risks to the American Economy” in New York City.  It was a success and a wonderful moment of pride for the Simon School and the University of Rochester. From the morning’s first speaker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to SEC Chief Enforcement Officer Robert Khuzami, to inaugural Executive of the Year award recipient Peter G. Peterson (the former CEO of Lehman and co-founder of Blackstone), to Simon/UR scholars Cliff Smith, Robert Novy-Marx, and President Joel Seligman, Super-Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt, Yale economist Robert Shiller, UBS COO Anita Sands, and prominent alums from the business arena such as Ricardo Leiman, Jay Benet, and Paul Singer, the conference showcased Simon on a national and international level.

More than 270 people were in the audience, including influencers and leaders within the financial industry in the New York City area.  Also in attendance were 30 representatives from media outlets such as Fox Business, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Fortune, Forbes, Management Magazine, the Daily Telegraph (UK), National Underwriter Property, Crain’s New York Business, Barron’s, Agenda, Law360, the Newark Star Ledger, WNYC Radio and NJ.com. Advance coverage included stories in the Democrat and Chronicle and RBJ. Below is a sampling of coverage received to date for this great event:


This was the second annual Simon Conference in New York City and we look forward to hosting this each year moving forward.  Simon is very excited to continue to build its presence in New York as an institution excelling in financial education and research.