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NEWS: MS in Finance receives STEM Designation

NEWS: MS in Finance receives STEM DesignationNEWS: MS in Finance receives STEM DesignationSimon Business School

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The Simon Business School Master of Science in Finance degree program has received special status effective the 2017-2018 academic year. The MS in Finance is now designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This designation has been made possible through enhancements to the program’s core curriculum including a new course in financial modeling and a new applied finance project as part of the expanded experiential learning offerings. Simon will also be launching a new finance lab to support the rigorous analytics and practical application of the critical financial and regulatory software and databases.

Currently, STEM-designated programs qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension, allowing them to remain in the country for an additional 24 months. The STEM designation is designed to help alleviate some of the challenges facing US STEM employers. In addition, the STEM designation is an indication of the quality and rigor of the program, factors of significant importance to students and recruiters alike.

Long renowned for its analytic and economics-based approach, Simon Business School prepares graduates to solve the most complex business issues facing companies in the global marketplace. “An analytic approach is the basis for understanding and solving every business problem,” said Dean Andrew Ainslie. “The demand for these skills is market driven. Employers are looking to hire students with the strong analytical skills and financial acumen we provide at Simon.”

Hiring managers and the media alike are taking notice. For the third straight year, Simon's MS in Finance program has been ranked among the top ten programs in the nation. Financial Times of London ranked it fifth in the US for pre-experience MS in Finance programs in their most recent ranking.

The MS in Finance program, with more than 180 students from over 2,000 applicants each year, provides students with a quantitative approach to frame financial issues and effectively communicate their results. “The theories I learned serve as the foundation of how I think about finance and business,” says Sven Troya, MS in Finance Class of 2015, a financial analyst at Hublot - LVMH Group. “The rigors of the program, as well as the analytical and critical thinking skills I acquired, will allow me to face any situation throughout my career.”

For more information on the MS in Finance program, visit or call the Simon Admissions Office at (585) 275-3533.


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