The Ohio State University SMF Program Student Review #4

I’ve been on a streak lately with student reviews and wanted to keep things going. The Ohio State University SMF program has been around for a long time now and I have had a close relationship with the university over the years. I have visited the campus, personally know many of the graduates and hold the program in high regard. A recent graduate reached out to me recently and was kind enough to take time out of their day to review the program. I cannot thank them enough as these student reviews are in my opinion some of the best ways for interested students to get a feel for the program, pick up tips and get an idea of what they need to do in order to be successful. Enjoy the review and stay tuned as I continue to work to bring you all more information on this and other great Masters in Finance programs.

Why did you choose the Ohio State University SMF program? 

I chose a SMF program to break into the investment management field. After graduating undergrad from a non-target, I knew it would be difficult to compete for a job. Attending a SMF program allowed me to gain skills I did not have after undergrad. OSU has 4 specialization “tracks” (Investment Management, Corporate, Risk Management, and Real Estate), and each track has coursework tailored to prepare students for a career in that industry.

Pros/Cons of the program?

OSU’s faculty really make the program. Their backgrounds range from accomplished professionals to lifelong academics, and it creates a great environment within the program. They are all committed to helping you grow and land a great job upon graduation, so be sure to connect with as many as you can. The coursework was another positive for the investment management track specifically. After graduating from the IM track, you are over 75% prepared for level 1 of the CFA, which you would most likely take in June after graduating.

Who would you recommend the Ohio State University SMF to?

I would recommend this program to anyone who has recently graduated from undergrad. If I were to do it again, I would work for 9-18 months after undergrad to gain a little experience and then attend the program. That little bit of professional experience will go a long way in the job hunt during the SMF program.

I would advise any students to spend as much time on The Fisher College of Business campus as you can. Connect with all faculty and attend all recruiting/ campus visits that you are able to. OSU does a great job of bringing reputable firms to campus and it’s a good opportunity to grow your network.

Anything else you want to talk about? 

OSU has a great SMF program, but it also has the benefit of being a Big 10 school. Along with the program you get to experience everything the school has to offer, so it’s a really enjoyable albeit busy 9 months. The school also has a massive professional network outside of the SMF program so you will be able to find an alum at almost every major company in the Midwest.

As I mentioned earlier, love these reviews and always appreciate when students take time out of their day to do this for me and all of you. Thanks so much!


Here is a link to the Ohio State University SMF Program


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