Georgetown University | McDonough School of Business
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE
2016 PROGRAM REPORT
> WELCOME It is my pleasure to present the 2016 Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Program Report. This report provides an overview of the program, profiles our students and partners, and shares employment statistics from the first graduating class.
ALLAN EBERHART, PH.D.
Professor of Finance Director, Master of Science in Finance Program
My colleagues and I launched the MSF program in January 2014 after a nearly two-year development period involving many of our leading faculty and administrators. From the beginning, we have been committed to building a world-class program that enhances Georgetown University’s reputation in four major respects. First, we designed a rigorous, global curriculum to be taught by many of our most experienced and distinguished professors. Second, we established demanding admissions standards. Third, we developed a best-in-class MSF Center for Career Strategy and Professional Engagement, which provides customized career services that are unmatched in business education today. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we embraced cutting-edge technology to increase the program’s educational quality and to attract bright and motivated students from all over the world who need the flexibility to work outside the Washington, D.C., area. Our students bring remarkable diversity in terms of their academic training and business experience. For example, some have MBAs from top universities and have worked at the most preeminent firms in the world while others have no business training or experience. Moreover, some seek to advance in their current career fields while others pursue a career change made possible by obtaining the MSF degree. What all of our students share is a passion for mastering the most challenging aspects of business education, an aptitude for learning this material quickly, and a desire to be leaders and entrepreneurs. We believe these features truly set us apart, and we are proud of the accomplishments of our MSF students and alumni. We have set the bar high with this report, but I am convinced that we will continue to raise it. I invite you to visit our website, msf.georgetown.edu, and follow us @GeorgetownMSF to learn more about our program.
PAUL ALMEIDA, PH.D., Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Strategy and International Business “MSF is a revolutionary program that shows how it is possible to use technology to increase both the quality of education and its flexibility.”
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MSF CLASS OF 2017
AVERAGE AGE: 29
65 Age Range
Incoming Class Size
3.31 653 Average Undergraduate GPA
Average GMAT Score
80% INDUSTRY AT TIME OF ADMISSION
SAMPLE OF UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED » Assumption College
34% Financial Services
» Boston College
15% Government, Politics, & Int’l Relations
» Bowdoin College
20% » Clemson University » College of William and Mary » Mount Holyoke College
» New York University » Portland State University » Princeton University
» Stanford University » United States Air Force Academy
» United States Naval Academy
» University of California, Berkeley » University of Chicago
Entrepreneurship Energy & Clean Tech Entertainment & Media Non-Profit Management
2% 1% 2% 2%
» University of Edinburgh
» University of Pennsylvania » University of Tokyo Manufacturing
» Villanova University
Technology & New Media Real Estate
TAYLOR JOLIN, MSF ’15, B.S. Finance, University of Southern California “It’s unbelievable how the entire curriculum has become applicable to my work on a day-to-day basis. I’m immediately realizing dividends from the knowledge gained in the MSF program.”
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THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM Throughout the 21-month program, students complete six core and four selective courses in addition to one on-site and one international residency. Altogether, students complete 32 credits to receive the MSF degree. CORE COURSES » Financial Markets » Financial Accounting » Corporate Finance » Financial Econometrics » Advanced Corporate Valuation and Modeling » Principled Financial Leadership SELECTIVE COURSES » Options and Risk Management » Private Equity Real Estate » Advanced Financial Modeling » Investments and Fixed Income
ANYTIME MEDIA Our technology-intensive program has flipped the classroom in an innovative way. Each week, students work through the course material — at a time of their choosing — using our Anytime Media on the course website. The primary component of this technology
is the Professor Presentations, a sequential series of high-fidelity videos in which professors speak directly to students with a virtual whiteboard. Each Professor Presentation comes with a searchable transcript so students can find key words or phrases and, with one click, be taken to the corresponding moment in the video. Our Anytime Media also consists of practice problems, team discussion posts, and other material. MSFLIVE IN THE BLENDED CLASSROOM The weekly culmination of each course unit is the 90-minute MSFLive session where students participate in a case discussion with their professor and classmates. Cases involve real-world business problems faced by actual firms and require students to apply what they have learned from the assigned readings and Anytime Media. Moreover, they often use what they have learned to address pressing business challenges in their daily work.
With our Blended Classroom, students can attend MSFLive sessions on campus or online and receive the same educational experience. Despite their geographic distance, students and professors interact as if they are next to one another. We see this combination of our cutting-edge Anytime Media and Blended Classroom as the future of education at preeminent universities around the world.
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AND GLOBAL RESIDENCIES GLOBAL RESIDENCY AND CONSULTING PROJECT In Georgetown McDonough’s tradition of educating students to become globally minded leaders, student consulting teams work together to solve a pressing business problem facing an international firm. Students collaborate on the project for six to seven weeks, regularly corresponding with the firm’s executives, before traveling abroad to present recommendations in person. Firms vary from large, multinational corporations to small nonprofits. MSF students most recently have worked on projects for Barclays, Coca-Cola, and Cummins Power in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ON-SITE RESIDENCY AND CASE COMPETITION During the on-site residency, students engage in an in-depth, team-based case competition and develop their leadership, strategy, and communication skills through seminars on important business topics. They then apply these skills — and what they have learned in their prior MSF coursework — to address the case questions and to create a presentation that is judged by subject matter experts.
This residency also allows students to deepen their relationships with classmates and professors and to become more familiar with their home on the Hilltop.
In addition to their company presentations, students visit local historical and cultural sites and learn about the connections between our international consulting partners and local communities. Many also stay abroad after the residency for personal travel.
Students before their presentation to Barclays executives in Johannesburg, South Africa
The MSF Center for Career Strategy and Professional Engagement offers a wide range of services to help students assess their current employment situation, develop shortterm and long-term career strategies, and engage professional networks to drive career mobility and career transition. Our office works exclusively with Master of Science in Finance students, allowing us to provide in-depth, tailored services to meet the diverse career needs of each cohort. Specifically, we offer the following: »C areer Advising and Executive Coaching »P ersonal Branding and Marketing Assistance » Mock Interviews »A ccess to Industry Research and Information »A ccess to Alumni Networks and the
MSF LinkedIn Group
» A Robust Career Curriculum » J ob Postings and Career Opportunities »C areer Events and Industry Presentations
Our philosophy of service focuses on establishing strong one-on-one relationships with employers, students, and alumni. We serve as catalysts for connections between these populations by leveraging the resources of Georgetown, the McDonough School of Business, and the global Georgetown alumni community.
GARRETT MAJDIC, MSF ’15, B.S. Commerce, University of Virginia “The MSF program really helped me zero in on the finance topics I was most interested in. I then worked with the Career Center to tailor my resume and job search strategy to reflect those interests to potential employers — ultimately landing a position with KPMG.”
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Master of Science in Finance graduates possess knowledge of current business trends, as well as the high-level analytical and consulting skills necessary to address today’s pressing global business challenges as leaders in their fields. Georgetown McDonough’s Master of Science in Finance proudly presents the success of the MSF Class of 2015. AVERAGE BASE SALARY
Change in average salary from time of admission to graduation
Reported changing jobs between the time of admission and the time of graduation
87% Found new opportunities with new employers
70% SAMPLE EMPLOYERS
» Capital One
» Investment Placement Group
» Financial Services
» Charles Schwab
» Middleburg Real Estate Partners
» Centre Asset Management
» Pact Inc.
» Compass Group/E15
» The Rockefeller Group
» Starwood Capital Group
» Logistics & Supply Chain
» Fannie Mae
» U.S. Department of Defense
» Non-Profit Management
» Goldman Sachs Wealth
» U.S. Department of the Navy
» Real Estate
» Webster Investments
TIFFANY WATSON, MSF ’15, B.S. Finance, Georgia State University “I recently was promoted to a senior business analyst at my current company. The Career Center helped me to define a proposal for the new role, show my employer how I could fill existing gaps, and negotiate a salary that aligned with similar positions in the industry. I could not have made this internal move without the Career Center’s guidance.”
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The MSF Class of 2017 during their 2015 On-site Residency at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business