Notre Dame Master of Science in Finance Program

Hi All-

Has anyone heard about this program? I know ND is a prestigious school as well as their business school. At my current situation their program is a best fit. It's designed for working professionals and holds Fri/Sat classes in Chicago every other week. I would like to know how competitive the admission was last year but since that was the program's first year, I am having hard time getting useful info. I went to their online roundtable info session but looks like there were only three folks out there attending. I don't think they have been marketing their program strongly and the fact that there are classes on Friday, it may be difficult to cooperate with employers. Also, $57k in tuition and traveling & lodging expense in Chicago makes a little tricky too.

Anyone know something about the program?

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Comments (21)

May 11, 2015 - 2:46pm

This is a new program and for people working and living in chicago. people shouldn't be traveling for these types of programs. It rolled out last year and I believe they didn't require a GMAT right away. Consider this a career enhancing program, not a career changing program.

May 11, 2015 - 3:51pm

Yeah I am getting their program as an enhancer. I work in Indianapolis and the travel won't be too bad and I can stay at my friend's house so just gas costs. They still don't require GMAT this year and I am not so sure if they are doing that to attract more people.

May 11, 2015 - 6:20pm
g2ney:

Yeah I am getting their program as an enhancer. I work in Indianapolis and the travel won't be too bad and I can stay at my friend's house so just gas costs. They still don't require GMAT this year and I am not so sure if they are doing that to attract more people.

I'm talking with the head of the program tomorrow. I'll see if I can get more info for you.

And with programs for experienced people I don't think the GMAT makes much sense. Save time and money without it.

May 11, 2015 - 7:03pm

I think it's a good bet. but same as you, But as a disclaimer, I don't have any evidence.
I suggest that you should heavily reference your decision based off Mendoza MBA program, or if better, any part-time format for Mendoza MBAs.

I say this, because your avilable alumni network rests with MBA graduates--your MFin program doesnt have developed alumni for networking and job referral purposes. From what I hear, Mendoza's alumni network is one of the few strongest on the high ranks like Dartmouth Tuck.

Tuition is obviously steep at 57k, but depending on if it takes 2 or 3 years, it's only 20k or 30k per year---much less opportunity costs than a full-time 2-year MBA or a 1-year MSF. But then the question becomes..... should you do Master in Finance or MBA?

May 12, 2015 - 10:19pm

I talked with him and nothing really ground breaking came from it right now. Everything you know about the Chicago MSF is what he had to say. I'll see if I can find some current students to talk to. They have a new MS in Business Analytics that I am going to write about.

I'll keep you posted, but either way I think it is a good deal, especially if you can get some company reimbursement.

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May 12, 2015 - 10:56pm
TNA:

I talked with him and nothing really ground breaking came from it right now. Everything you know about the Chicago MSF is what he had to say. I'll see if I can find some current students to talk to. They have a new MS in Business Analytics that I am going to write about.

I'll keep you posted, but either way I think it is a good deal, especially if you can get some company reimbursement.

Thanks so much for the update. Looks like a mystery for now at least. Keep my updated if you get a chance to talk to a student.

Sep 2, 2015 - 4:38pm

Has anybody had a chance to speak with a current student of the program? Being that we're already in September I would imagine they could probably provide some pretty good feedback on the program, its points of emphasis, networking potential, etc... Since the program is so new there seems to still be difficulty finding out more in depth details.

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:23am

Notre Dame MFin review:

It's an utter bullshit program and Stacey Dickson who runs the admissions is one of the most vile, arrogant person I came across. No concept of attending to applicant concerns etc. That's the bit about administration and highly doubt about the quality of students.

As far as the program goes, its a light weight bullshit and Should be named MS in Corp Finance and $57K is a total robbery. MS in Finance if not heavy quant driven is a spectaular waste of money you rather get a degree in Sociology in that case.

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:24am

Notre Dame MSF (Originally Posted: 09/03/2014)

Does anyone know anything about this program? It is part time in Chicago and bi weekly only on the weekends. I was looking at this program as well as DePaul because I work in chicago and it would allow me to keep my job, but I would hope I could land an IBD internship during one of the modules(semesters). Currently working in AM but non research role and am dying for a way to transition. Didn't do so hot in undergrad but my current employer likes me a lot and I think they could get me in, plus I did well on the GMAT.

Any advice or insight would be helpful, thanks

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:25am

It's brand new so not much info out there. ND is a huge brand in the city though. IMO, if you're looking for a PT MSF program in Chicago this is a pretty solid choice.

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:26am

One confusion I have is how it will be seen since it is so new. It doesn't even look like there is a GMAT requirement, so idk how that will be considered by employers, along with the bi-weekly, weekend classes...

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:27am

No GMAT for this first year. As for how it will be perceived, u less they know msf programs I don't see any negative looks they'll look at it like any other PT program.

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:28am

Okay. Do you know how PT programs are viewed differently? Also, would the situation of finding a mid semester IBD internship plausible? Whether that be fall, summer, or spring semester..

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