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The discipline of finance impacts every business and organization in the world, from startups to multinational corporations. It can be a business unto itself, as is the case with investment banking, or function as a department within a business entity—corporate finance. This fast-paced field is data- and analytics-driven—an interconnected discipline at its core, from the micro to the macro level. If you possess a quantitative and detail-oriented mindset, appreciate abstract concepts, and can communicate their impact to stakeholders, a career in finance can be very rewarding.

Because of its prominence in business and the unique opportunities it presents, finance has steadily attracted the top MBA talent in the world. With its pick of leading candidates, the finance sector is immensely competitive. If you are pursuing this career path, you should be prepared for Simon’s rigorous academics, which reflect the nature of the industry to help you develop the proper skill sets for a successful career. In 2017, Financial Times of London ranked our finance program No. 2 in the world, and our economics- and analytics-based academics have developed finance leaders for decades.  

Finance at a Glance

  • 34 percent of Simon MBA Class of 2018 graduates were hired into finance or accounting functions. Our students have had strong career placement success in the following areas:
  • The base salary range for Simon MBAs hired within finance and accounting functions was $80,000 to $135,000, with a mean of $110,900, in 2018.
  • Get to know the experts who drive our Finance program. Meet our esteemed faculty.
  • Students preparing for careers in finance are strongly encouraged to gain hands-on experience through an internship. MBAs benefit from not only real-world experience, but also expanded professional networks gained through internships. For information on employers who have hired Simon interns and our placement data, please refer to our detailed employment report.

Course Highlights

Position yourself to be competitive in the global marketplace. As you plan your academic path, consider the following courses. You will gain invaluable insights, experiences, and skill sets to help you excel in your career.

  • Corporate Finance (FIN 413)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (ACC 411)
  • Cases in Finance (FIN 433)

Career Placement

The following companies have recruited Simon MBA talent for finance positions:

  • Bank of America Corp.
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • E&J Gallo Winery
  • Ernst & Young
  • ExxonMobil
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Gartner
  • General Electric (GE Capital)
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • M&T Bank
  • Moody's Investor Service Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • The Hertz Corp.
  • Toys R Us (Geoffrey LLC)
  • UBS
  • Vanguard

Please see our Employment Summary for additional career data and information.

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