Hometown: Ningbo, China
Previous University: Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), Beijing
Undergraduate Degree: Finance
Q: What was your background before entering the MS in Finance full-time program?
A: I majored in finance, and I did several finance-related internships with top investment banks that gave me valuable experience. For example, at my last internship, I got to help a company issue bonds, which was really interesting because I had a chance to do due diligence on the company, analyze their financial statements, and really get to know their industry.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree in finance?
A: Even though I gained a lot of financial experience as an undergraduate, a master’s degree is the minimum requirement in my country to enter the workforce in most situations. Also, China is in the process of opening up its financial markets, which presents a great opportunity, but it means that all of us working in the industry will need a greater understanding of international financial rules. I knew studying for a master’s degree in the United States would give me more exposure to those institutions, and I also wanted some flexibility to choose where I live and work after my degree is complete.
Q: Why did you choose the MS in Finance at D’Amore-McKim?
A: The full-time curriculum is quantitative and STEM designated, which means I’ll have the chance to work for three years as a financial analyst or consultant in the United States when I graduate. Boston is a financial hub, and D’Amore-McKim has strong connections to the industry here—from international companies to small businesses and startups.
Also, Northeastern has a well-built system to help international students get used to American life. The Graduate Career Center invites guest speakers, organizes networking events, and helps you with career preparation skills like cover letters, resumes, and so on. They also match you with a mentor so you have an inside access to your industry. My mentor is a director from Citizens Financial Group, and he has given me lots of useful advice on the job search.
Q: What advice would you give to students considering the MS in Finance program?
A: The finance industry is changing really quickly, and just having financial knowledge is not enough to stand out in this job market. You need data analysis skills as well—like using Python, SAS, and R—and that’s where this quantitative MS in Finance program can help you. It teaches you skills that will give you the flexibility to pursue different career paths.
If you’re an international student, you won’t feel alone in the Northeastern, which offers you many ways to get involved on campus. But you must challenge yourself every day, stay open-minded, and be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Use the International Tutoring Center—you can talk to them three times a week, and it will improve your language and cultural skills. That’s a great advantage of getting your degree here.
“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
“Taking the program online allowed me to set my own work time, which for me is after my son goes to bed, and that was a tremendous help. I developed relationships with some of my professors and classmates that are just as strong as if we had been in a brick-and-mortar classroom together.”