Queens University - Smith School of Business

The Queen’s University Masters in Finance program is a well established MSF at one of the best universities in Canada. I last wrote about this program a long time ago and continuing with my recent theme, I am providing an update on this great masters in finance. I will work to do this on a more regular basis, I promise.

Overview

This program starts every year in June and takes one year to complete. Classes are held one evening during the week, alternating weeks, and one day during the weekend. This is a full time program that can completed while you maintain your current employment. There is also an option to pursue this degree in Beijing, China.

The MSF program is a CFA Institute Program Partner and is close with the Toronto chapter. Students can take advantage of different events and CFA scholarships. I’ve wrote about the CFA Partner Program and I think it is a great thing for an MSF program to be part of. Many Masters in Finance students pursue the CFA before, during and after graduating and this partnership provides these students with additional benefit. The school also partners with CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association).

Class Profile

I always like posting class profiles as I think it really allows someone considering a program the ability to quickly measure their relative competitiveness. The profile that Queen’s has is nice, but not as robust as other schools. I’d like to see more information, but this is definitely better than nothing.

  • Class Size – 110 students
  • Average Age – 30
  • Average Work Experience – 5 years

A few thoughts. The age and work experience clearly show that this is a program primarily made up of mid career professionals. Over half have passed at least CFA Level 1, so you should expect a lot of people in this program to have a solid grasp of financial concepts and topics. The program is roughly one third female, which is what you typically see.

As for GMAT and GRE, I will make a guess and say that these are not as relevant as your work experience and what you can contribute to the program overall.

Admissions

The program is currently accepting applications for the upcoming class. I would imagine like most schools, the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted things slightly and the school will change slightly their admissions timetable.

In order to apply, students must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized university
  • Minimum two years relevant work experience
  • Successful completion of the GMAT or CFA Level 1 exam
  • Successful completion of an English facility test if your first language is not English and you have not lived in Canada for a minimum of three years, or if you did not do your undergraduate program in English

Students must provide two references as well. There will also be a 30 minute interview. I do like the fact that the GMAT can be waived if you have the CFA. They also mention that the GMAT can also be waived if students have a CPA or CA designation.

Tuition for the program is $38,500 for Canadian students and $millions $69,000 for foreign students.

Miscellaneous 

The program has a couple other things that I think are worth mentioning.

  1. There looks to be a dual MSF/MBA option. This is interesting for anyone looking to take care of both degrees at the same time.
  2. Student Success Stories – I couldn’t find any information on placements, but the website does have a nice section with a number of success stories from graduated students. You can read about them here.

A lot of nice things happening at Queen’s University. I will try and keep this school updated along with a number of other Canadian programs. Until next time.

 

Here is a link to the Queen’s University Masters in Finance Program