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Why I chose FSU MSF program #2

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I am very lucky to have a second review or opinion of the Florida State MSF program. This should add further light for anyone thinking about applying to the FSU program. Thank you very much to the reader who provided me with this review.

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Florida State University – Master of Science in Finance

Pros: rigorous curriculum, close relationship with faculty, great value, superb alumni base, career support, top undergraduate and graduate accounting program,

Cons: geographic location is far from large cities, new program,

Biggest Difference: In most of the larger schools you can feel like a small fish in a huge pond. Although, the college of business has over +5,000 students, I’ve never felt this way. Professors always have time to talk to you, career advice is always available, and people emulate the southern hospitality of the area. Many students agree, that professors have a interest in seeing to it that their students succeed. This mentality also careers over to the “Seminole Alumni”, I personally had two interviews with BB because of alumni. Taking the time to network can get you very far at Florida State.

Return on Income: One of the best valued MSF degrees in my opinion. Florida International University is around 28K while Florida State is 10K for instate students. Not to mention how cheap it is to live in Tallahassee, FL. You get a lot more bang for your buck with this degree.

Job Prospects: Florida in general, has many active job markets. Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Tallahassee. You many not have the large investment banks, but you have everything else. Many people come to Florida State University from the north and end up in various Florida cities.

Companies on campus: Deutsche bank, Bank of America, BB&T, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Fidelity, Florida State Government, boutique investment firms,

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Why I chose the Florida State MSF

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

A gracious student has given me a little insight on the FSU MSF program. I asked him some questions and here are the answers. I hope this helps anyone who is looking into a Florida based MSF program or anyone interested in FSU in general.

1) Can you talk about why you picked the FSU program

I picked the FSU MSF program after a long search of many other programs. What it really came down to was I am familiar with the faculty; the proximity to my home and most importantly it is a great value. Education wise the program was designed similar to some of the best programs in the country and I did not have to take out any school loans.

2) How is placement/jobs/the market in Florida, etc

The program is new right now so there is not too much info on its placement; however it seems many of last year’s (1st year of program) students did find jobs. Most were not brand name banks but smaller investment firms based in Florida.
3) Who would you recommend the program to

I would recommend this program to anybody living in Florida. I would say the nation, but I am not to sure how high out of state fees can be. However it may be worth contacting one of the department heads because there is financial aid.

4) Anything else (promote the school as you see fit)

Before choosing FSU I was taking a look at some the better known programs in the country. To say the least I found their curriculum very similar to FSU’s, and did not feel their placement was worth taking loans out for (except maybe MIT and other more math based programs). That said, FSU is not the first place most companies come to recruit so I know the job hunt will be alot of work. However there is a feeling within the program and the department that we have something to prove. This has created a very competitive environment which I know will pay dividends in the future.

Florida State University MSF

FSU has an MSF program which give Florida around 5-6 programs to choose from. It is also the second cheapest program (tuition wise anyway). I couldn’t find any specific placement stats, but FSU is known outside of Florida and I am sure it is well known within the state. I would imagine their alumni are probably very passionate also .

Here is a link to the Florida State MSF program:

http://cob.fsu.edu/fin/msf.cfm