Washington University in St. Louis MSF Program 2017 Placements

Olin School of Business

The Washington University in St. Louis MSF program is one of the top masters in finance programs out there and their placements every year really reinforce this hard earned reputation. I’ve been able to post for the last 2-3 years their rather comprehensive report and this year continues this trend. Unlike many schools, Washington University in St. Louis prepares a great document for all of their programs discussing placements, salary, etc. Very helpful when students try and compare schools and ultimately make a decision on where to attend. Enjoy and check back soon for more information on this great masters in finance program


2017 Placement Information

Salary Information

This is always something students focus on. I think it is helpful, but it also needs to be taken in context with overall placements. Certain industries (investment banking) has standardized salary and signing bonuses. The median is not always what you should expect. That being said, directionally, it is helpful information.

Asset Management17%Venture Capital/Private Equity11%
Diversified Services17%Consulting6%
Industry Finance16%Investment Banking6%
Finance - Other11%Commercial Banking5%
Private Wealth Management11%

* Please note that salary information is for US placements only.

Employment by Job Function (MSCF)

The career paths MSF graduates take coming out of a program is a factor of the economy, the desires of each specific cohort and the general strength of a program. Students typically want investment banking or sales & trading, but the percentage of students who want these careers shift from year to year.

Asset Management28%Investment Banking11%
Finance—Quantitative Research28%Venture Capital/Private Equity11%
Capital Markets/Research17%Industry/Corporate Finance5%

Employment by Job Function (MSQF)

The quantitative track has a slightly different career path for many students. With that said, you will see a lot of similar, front office type placements for these students as well.

Bank of ChinaFourthstoneOracle Corp.
Buckingham Asset
Lewis and Clark CapitalPIMCO
Centene CorporationMoody’s Investors ServiceRBC Capital Markets
Compass Group Equity
Mooreland PartnersSFMG Wealth Advisors
Edward D. Jones & Co.,
Morningstar, Inc. Washington University
Investment Mgmt.
Engro CorporationNISA Investment Advisors
Enova InternationalOffice of the Comptroller
of the Currency

Organizations that Hired MSCF Students

This list continues to grow every year and with this growth, the alumni network of MSF graduates for incoming students to reach out to. As a program matures, the effort put in during the early years really pays off as MSF graduates get promoted and are able to help other MSF students get interviews. WUSTL has done a great job with this and they continue to add to this roster.

Akuna CapitalGuotai Junan SecuritiesMoody’s Analytics
CCB Principal Asset
Houlihan LokeyNISA Investment Advisors
China International
Capital Corporation
Limited (CICC)
HSBC GroupReinsurance Group of
CIBHuarong Securities Co. Shenwan Hongyuan
CITIC Guoan GroupIHS MarkitSociété Générale Group
David Geffen School of
Medicine at UCLA
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tungsu Group
Essence SecuritiesLumerisViant Capital
Express ScriptsLW Investment
Management (USA) LLC
Washington University
in St. Louis
Federal Home Loan
Bank of Chicago
Macroeconomic Advisers
Goldman SachsMastercard

Organizations that Hired MSQF Students

Placement DetailsNumbers (#)Percentage (%)
Total Students481100%
Students with Placement Information*27657%
Not Seeking Employment122%
Continuing Education867%
Other Reason325%
Starting New Business

Seeking Employment26455%
Full‐time Offer ‐ Accepted19172%
Still Seeking Employment6324%


All in all, I was pretty impressed with the placements that the Washington University in St. Louis MSF program had last year. The program continues to do very well and this is reflected in the number of applications as well as the range of institutions that they place students in.

Also, heads up, but Round 1 applications are due October 17th. I wanted to alert all of you to this as I have found it gets more competitive the later rounds as fewer slots are available to those who apply.


Here is a link to the Washington University in St. Louis MSF Program


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