Previous University: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
Undergraduate Degree: Commerce
Q: What was your background before you entered the MS in Finance program?
A: I didn't work in or study finance before I joined the program; I had diverse interests in other areas. I studied accounting and international business as an undergraduate in Canada. I speak four languages, I participated in an exchange program in France, and I pursued lots of volunteer activities in my university community. As time went on, I realized I wasn't passionate about accounting. So I started researching careers, and I decided finance was more appealing to me.
I chose Northeastern's MS in Finance program because of the emphasis on the tech skills that I knew would be in high demand—for example, the program offered a data analytics course that taught Python—and activities that would enrich my learning experience, like the Disrupt Fintech Initiative Club. My accounting background gave me the quantitative skills required for admission.
Q: What are your career plans?
Business ethics is a topic that has always interested me, and when I was an undergrad student, I did a side project on compliance in the occupational therapy department that I really enjoyed. So I'm considering two career options: working as a financial analyst to fight money laundering or becoming a compliance officer in healthcare, which requires an understanding of financial models, budgeting, and forecasting. Because the MS in Finance program is STEM-designated, I'm hoping to work in the United States for three years after graduation through Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Q: What advice would you give to students considering the MS in Finance program?
A: Don't approach your classes as just earning a grade—stay curious and keep that mentality. Learn as many technological skills as you can and look for side projects that will enhance those skills.
The MS in Finance program has been a great experience for me, and I would definitely recommend it. The professors here love to share their knowledge in class, and the school offers many resources for international students to learn American work culture and prepare for the job search.
“A degree from a reputable school in the States is recognized worldwide and exposes students to more opportunities, so it will be beneficial no matter where I work later in life.”
“I wanted to study at a top tier university with a strong academic reputation and an involved team in the Career Center. The D'Amore-McKim School of Business ticked all of the boxes.” says, Robert
“When I told my friends that you can actually run a real fund here, they couldn't believe it. They had never had that opportunity themselves. It's a really attractive part of the program and gives you experience in investments that a book can't teach you.”