One of the best ways to learn about our programs is to speak with the students and alumni. Below students and alumni reflect on their experience with the Master of Science in Finance program.
Mark Weigman, '84, MSF '87
Vice President and Portfolio Manager, T. Rowe Price Associates
"Loyola had what I believed at the time, and still believe, is the best business program in the region. So when I got out, I knew I wanted to work in the investment business but I also knew that I wanted to begin a Master’s program. So for me, it was an obvious choice to select the MSF program because it allowed me to pursue more courses in that field of investing."
Ekaterina Moore, MSF ‘09
Controller, Network Building & Consulting
"Loyola’s MSF program not only promised an immersion in finance, but it put equal weight on teaching me how to communicate it. This aspect was crucial for someone who was still working on mastering English as a second language—I immigrated to the U.S. from Moscow—and the collaborative format that allowed me to engage in enlightened classroom discussions and pushed meto express myself more than I would have otherwise. Now I’m the one doing the translating for others, from numbers to business decisions."
Bill Fritz, Ph.D., MSF ’09
Building and Fire Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology
"As a Ph.D. in civil engineering, I was involved in challenging federal investigations into the World Trade Center collapse as well as the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But I also had undeniable interest in financial markets. Understanding finance represented a new complex challenge that appealed to my quantitative mind and need for constant learning—the real challenge was not in understanding this specialized body of knowledge but in learning how to effectively communicate it. Through constant classroom discussions, papers addressing real life scenarios and investment portfolio presentations I’ve become as expert at building and communicating sound financial positions as I am building sound structures."
Chris Little, MSF ‘06
Vice President and Portfolio Manager, PNC Health Management
"Loyola faculty have the right balance of academic and practical expertise. They show you how to take theory and turn it into application in a very relevant way."
Internal Financial Reporting and Analysis Manager, Legg Mason Capital Management
"A graduate degree from Loyola gives you a lot of credibility. At Loyola, students have the benefit of receiving instruction from both academic professors and real-world practitioners. This is instrumental in providing a professional and well-rounded educational environment. As a student straddling the professional and educational worlds, you have the unique opportunity to accelerate the learning process by applying what you’ve learned. This makes you more valuable to your firm."
Kim Castellino, MSF ‘06
Analyst, U.S. research for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
"Loyola’s program is extremely topical to what I do. It’s geared to the market place; I actually use one of my textbooks at work on a regular basis. And, I really appreciated that the faculty and administration were very aware of my personal objectives and went out of their way to help me achieve them—they were concerned with what worked for me, not how I would fit in with their plans."