Specialized Master in Finance
Alumni Testimonials

The program helped build a strong foundation by introducing us to both theoretical and practical aspects of finance. I improved my technical skills, including financial modeling and valuations and programming languages like R and SQL. The courses M&A, Enterprise Risk Management, Financial Software, and Financial Analysis and Valuation were really helpful. This program helped me build my own leadership style, and work on my soft skills. The SMF faculty helped me build a strong professional network which has been tremendously useful in my job search process. I am proud to be a lifelong member of this huge buckeye family spread across the globe!

Divyanshi Girotra,2020 SMF Alumna

Fisher's SMF program was a great cultural and educational experience. With the quality of the professors and resources, I was able to hone in on my finance and real estate skills early on, which gave me the confidence to interview and land the job I wanted in the city I targeted. I also enjoyed working on team projects. It makes a big difference when you know your teammates and their strengths/weaknesses when taking on challenging, but interesting subject matter. I truly enjoyed getting to know such a multicultural class. Some of my favorite memories in Columbus were the unofficial class dinners at an international restaurant of choice. Given my great experience and personal growth in such a short time, I have no regrets about choosing the program.

Brian Perry2017 SMF Alumnus | Real Estate Analyst | Duff & Phelps | Atlanta, GA

I enrolled in the SMF program directly after undergraduate studies at a smaller state university and wanted to learn more about finance, but was unsure what career to pursue. The professors and mentors at Fisher helped me understand possible career paths and connected me with alumni in different fields. The wide variety of course offerings allowed me to tailor my schedule as I continued to learn more about working professionally. These classes provided a broad foundation that helped me transition to industry in consulting, business valuation, and venture capital. One of the best attributes of the SMF program is it's class profile. The program is large enough to offer wide diversity and small enough to offer personalized attention. I am thankful to have learned from my classmates and I am excited to see the great things they are doing in the business world.

Ethan Barteck2017 SMF Alumnus | Strategic Investments Portfolio Analyst | Fifth Third Bank | Cincinnati, OH

My journey with the SMF program, Fisher, and Ohio was truly rewarding and amazing. The SMF program has provided me opportunities to learn from top rated professors and to network with corporate executives. I met my current manager at a Fisher networking event, started working right after graduation, and have contributed to 100+ projects for the past two and half years. The SMF program at Fisher equipped me with skills and resources for a promising career. I am an extremely proud SMF alumni and BUCKEYE!

Amy Lei2015 SMF Alumna | Research Analyst | JobsOhio | Columbus, OH

Prior to applying to the SMF program, I knew I wanted a career in risk management. This desire would not have become a reality without the help of the Fisher Career Center professionals, my professors, and mentors; who helped me navigate my way to a risk management career. They were incredibly supportive in helping me understand the career options in front of me as well as helping me identify my strengths and address my weaknesses. The most beautiful thing about Fisher and the SMF program is that within the time I was there, I felt at home within a short period. The program prepared me with the technical and soft skills to perform at a high level. It opened my eyes to various cultures and personalities, and most of all the opportunity to learn from my peers.

Terence Mordi2017 SMF Alumnus | Risk Advisory | EY | Chicago, IL

I can’t thank Ohio State's SMF program enough for helping me achieve my career goal - become a buy-side investment analyst. I found that SMF courses strike a great balance between imparting academic knowledge and career preparation. During the program I was introduced to several key tools or frameworks for analyzing and evaluating financial performance of US companies. In addition, I have improved my technical skills, including excel modeling and financial statement analysis, as well as soft skills such as public speaking and effective communication. Most importantly, with the help of the SMF faculty, I was able to build professional connections that helped the job search process. In all, I’ve had a great experience with the SMF program, and I wish all future students the best of luck in their career development.

Yiqin Gao, FRM, CFA Level II Candidate2014 SMF Alumna | Investment Analyst | Nationwide | Columbus, OH

I would say applying for Fisher’s SMF Program is the best choice I’ve ever made. The solid team-oriented training along with the best professors gave me the opportunities to work with people with diversified backgrounds and understand more insights of the investment banking field. Courses such as the core capstone project, M&A, PE, and CRB really help me to learn the insights of these specific fields and develop my professional skillset. The professors’ networking resource also provide the students with the opportunities to learn from CEOs and WallStreet people. I am really glad that I chose Fisher and I am very proud of being one of the great SMF alumni.

Tzu-Heng (Hans) Lin2020 SMF Alumnus | FA Analyst | KPMG | Taiwan

For me one of the most unique aspects of Fisher's SMF program are the capstone projects. These are assigned by top corporations according to real business needs they are experiencing within their industries. As a candidate this opportunity, along with access to corporate executives and tangible experience it entailed, was unparalleled. The fact that these businesses are trusting the SMF candidates to find solutions to their needs, confirms that the marketplace recognizes the outstanding quality of both the program and its candidates.

Hector Milla2017 SMF Alumnus | Transfer Pricing Consultant | EY | Rotterdam, Netherlands

Coming from Bangladesh, I had very limited practical experience of international financial markets before joining the Fisher SMF program. Providing exposure to a vast array of financial concepts and practices, the SMF program helped me develop an appreciation for the intricacies of international markets. The program taught me skills, such as financial modeling, and encouraged habits, such as being up-to-date with the news, that not only helped me crack interviews, but also lets me stand out of the crowd in my profession today.

Fuad Alam2015 SMF Alumnus | Advanced Analytics Manager | Bank of the West | San Francisco, CA

Following an M&A internship, I chose the Fisher SMF program in order to pursue a permanent career in investment banking. The program provided general financial skills and a broad range of additional course options that allowed me to tailor my course load to fit my specific interest. I was able to take classes including M&A, Private Equity, Financial Restructuring, Financial Modeling, Corporate Finance and more. Additionally, school-sponsored opportunities allowed for exposure to the industry including trips to Wall Street and Silicon Valley to meet with investment banks, private equity firms, and venture capitalists. The combination of coursework and experience allowed me to hone my financial skills and industry knowledge and ultimately led to my acceptance of a placement in the banking industry.

Kelly Parnell2015 SMF Alumna | Associate | Lancaster Pollard | Columbus, OH

Fisher's SMF has been an instrumental stepping stone for my career. The program not only gave me an opportunity to learn from best professors in the industry but also helped me become a good team player by working with people from diverse backgrounds on group projects and assignments. Action based projects offered by SMF gives a tremendous opportunity to get an experience on working with actual industry projects. SMF also helped me develop a strong professional network through organizing industry round table discussions and company presentations. SMF opened a pathway for me into the investment industry.

Neha Parashar2016 SMF Alumna | Fixed Income Risk Associate | J.P. Morgan Asset Management | Columbus, OH

I would consider the Fisher SMF program as a pre-professional training program. The multi-disciplinary courses provide me a package of up-to-date financial knowledge. My soft skills also benefit from case study and milestone projects. The SMF program provided a smooth transition from academic to professional.

Zijian (Kevin) Huang2015 SMF Alumnus | Senior Consultant | KPMG | Guangzhou City, Guangdong, China