Tag: MS Finance

If anybody has any qualms about making a trek to visit firms, be assured that it’s worth it! I left New York after day two with a better understanding of the financial industry, investment best practices, what employers are looking for, and most importantly, what we could offer with the skills we’re learning in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSFQ) program.

This year’s annual MSFQ Trek to Boston and New York involved visits to Man Numeric, Wellington, Fidelity, DE Shaw, Point72, and PIMCO. These firms represent some of the top names in the mutual fund and hedge fund industry, and are the result of the Weston Career Center’s work in cultivating industry relationships—to the benefit of those in the MSFQ program.

It was a busy two-day trip. Each morning we started at 9 a.m., going full throttle until 4 p.m. When we were not learning about the different asset management firms and their investment strategies, we enjoyed connecting with our classmates. As we shuffled from meeting to meeting, we talked to directors, recruiters, portfolio managers, analysts, and WashU alumni. Each of the firms was gracious with their time and answered questions generously. DE Shaw even surprised us with hoodies!

Since our programs ended on Friday, we got part of the weekend to tour New York as well!

Special thanks again go to the Weston Career Center, especially to Molly Sonderman for handling logistics, and to Greg Hutchings for accompanying the 17 students who went!

Guest Blogger: Stefan Yu, MSFQ candidate and President of the Specialized Masters Program Council

Find the latest information on Weston Career Center events and career treks by visiting the Olin Careers website.

Olin welcomes the incoming Master of Science in Finance – Corporate Finance and Investments Class of 2017.  The new students arrived for orientation starting July 5. The cohort of 34 strong students from across the globe represent Bolivia, China, India, Korea, Pakistan, and the United States. The earlier summer start date allows time for students to participate in a practicum consulting project during the fall semester schedule.

The MS Finance – Corporate Finance and Investments track fuses mathematical tools with a strategic understanding of business decision-making.

In the Corporate Finance & Investments (MSFC) track, students take a significant amount of course work alongside finance-oriented MBA students. The 11-month, three-semester (summer, fall, spring) program consists of 30.5 hours of graduate-level course credit. A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained for graduation eligibility.

Part-Time Option
Working professionals in the St. Louis area can pursue this program on a part-time basis. The MSFC track offers the convenience of allowing students to earn their degree taking courses part-time, in the evening. Part-time students can begin taking courses in the fall or spring semester.

For more information on the program visit the Olin Website.

When Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) generously made a gift to endow and name Olin’s WFA Center for Finance and Accounting Research, it opened up opportunities for faculty, students, and the community to discover and learn. At a recent celebration of the WFA and Washington University partnership, professors and students shared research and projects that are direct beneficiaries of the WFA endowment.


WFA Chief Risk Officer Jimmie Lenz.

WFA’s Chief Risk Officer Jimmie Lenz spoke about the impact practicums have had on the Masters of Finance Students.

Matthew Ringgenberg, assistant professor of finance, spoke about the importance of research in understanding global markets and stock exchanges.

Watch this video about his most recent work done in conjunction with Olin professor Guofu Zhou and David Rapach at St. Louis University, “Short Interest and Aggregate Stock Returns.”

To learn more about WFA CFAR, please visit our website.

Global Master of Finance Dual Degree (GMF) Students are now in Singapore for the second phase of their program! They are spending one year at Singapore Management University (SMU) and will return to Olin next summer to complete their program. Their orientation at SMU included an outward bound experience in Pulau Ubin, an offshore island out of Singapore. As you can see, students went kayaking and enjoyed other team-building activites. The outward bound experience was valuable to students and will ultimately help this group of peers continue to work well together on group projects in the classroom. Classes are now in full swing for Global students at SMU!

For more informaiton on the Global Master of Finance Dual Degree click here.