The Syracuse University MSF program has some updates to their program that I thought people would be interested in. The school is really making an effort to build out this degree which I appreciate. As an alumni (BS, Whitman – 2006), I loved my time at Syracuse. The business school completed a brand new building while I was there and the facilities were and still remain top notch.
The program offers three options: a 9-month, 16-month and 18-month degree timeline. The two longer options are ideal for international students or those looking for a formal, summer internship. The 9-month option would be great for someone who has a solid resume and is looking for another year of recruiting and a graduate level education.
Of the 30 credit hours required, only 12 are core classes. The other 18 credits can be chosen by the student, allowing for individual customization depending on desired career focus and interests. There are a number of Value and Distressed Investing classes, which is the schools namesake is known for. I’ve taken both of these classes and found them to be incredibly interesting and something I have not seen offered at many other schools.
First round applications are due in November with February being the final round for international students (April for domestics). The average GMAT is reasonable at 660, with a 3.31 GPA. The program is currently heavily international, but there is an effort to balance this out with more domestic students. I would expect this to be an ongoing initiative.
My experience at Syracuse was wonderful. The university has a strong presence on Wall Street and I have always found alumni to be helpful. Having a nationally ranked basketball team doesn’t hurt when it comes to making connections with people on the phone either. If you are looking for a MSF program that offers multiple options for length of study, allows students the ability to customize their education and has a great college experience at a well known, northeastern university, then check Syracuse out. I’ll work to get everyone more information as well as some up to date student reviews. Keep checking back!
Here is a link to the Syracuse University Masters in Finance Program