Positions Filled by MSF Graduates (2015-2019)

  • Associate, Valuation Services
  • Business Analyst
  • Credit Risk Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Financial Advisor Associate
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Investment Research Analyst
  • Management Trainee
  • Model Validation Analyst
  • Product Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk Management Associate
  • Strats Analyst
  • Trading Assistant

Employers Hiring MSF Graduates (2015-2019)

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • American Express
  • AXIS Capital
  • Ayco, A Goldman Sachs Company
  • Bank of Communications
  • Bloomberg Asia
  • BMO Harris
  • Bank Chicago Trading Company
  • Citi
  • CITIC Securities
  • Deloitte
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Enfusion
  • Equity Methods
  • EY
  • General Motors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morningstar
  • Nanhua USA
  • Northern Trust Bank
  • PayPal
  • PNC Financial Services
  • PWC
  • UBS
  • Wells Fargo


Top Destinations for Recent MSF Graduates (2017-2019)

By United States Cities:

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Urbana-Champaign, IL
  3. New York City, NY
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Santa Clara, CA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Huntsville, AL
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Minneapolis, MN

By Country:

  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Turkey
  4. Taiwan
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Thailand
  7. Japan
  8. Indonesia
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Korea

Meet MSF Alumni

"I gained in-depth expertise, received diverse experience, and built solid relationships in the MS Finance program that improved my professional and personal skills, successfully leading to my career at Goldman Sachs. Working as a Senior Credit Analyst, I assess the companies' creditworthiness by scrubbing financial statements, creating financial models, collaborating with a myriad of teams, and recommending ratings.”

Shreya Rathi, MSF '19
Senior Credit Analyst
Goldman Sachs & Co.

"During my time at Illinois, I worked on various projects which helped me better understand the application of concepts taught in the classroom, as well as sharpen my problem-solving and team-building skills while working with students from varied backgrounds, which I’ve been able to successfully leverage in my professional life. My education has been a solid stepping-stone towards a finance career I’ve always visualized for myself."

Foram Thakkar, MSF '18
Senior Associate, Credit Risk 
IHS Markit

"Applying for and pursuing the MSF at the University of Illinois was a strategic decision. I needed to elevate the quantitative side of my profile to be more desirable by investment banking and high-finance. Meanwhile I observed the cornucopia of MBAs, wanted to stand-out, and sought to have an edge in both practical and theoretical finance. I got a lot more than I bargained for, as all my expectations were exceeded."

Michael Lavin, MSF '11
Founder & Managing Partner
Germin8 Ventures

Interested in connecting with more MSF alumni? Let us know.

On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities

The reputation of our College and our graduates brings hundreds of recruiters from the world’s top companies to campus each semester. The Gies Business Career Services team sponsors recruiting fairs each fall and spring semester, which provide opportunities for students to interview with companies for full-time and internship positions.

In addition, you have additional opportunities to participate in recruiting fairs across campus, including two in The Grainger College of Engineering; one in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; one in the Research Park; and two all-campus recruiting fairs. As a Gies student, you can take advantage of a full array of resources and the experience of our Gies Business Career Services professionals to prepare you for these recruiting opportunities.

Finance Career Outlook

Finance jobs are projected to grow by 6% from 2018 to 2028. Demand is also projected to increase as the growth of "big data" will require higher quality of analysis. The MSF program is designed with big data in mind with specializations in quantitative finance, data analytics, and fintech. 

  • 2019 median pay: $85,660
  • Number of jobs in 2018: 329,500
  • Top Industries: professional, scientific, and technical services, securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments, insurance carriers, credit intermediation, and management. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (visited June 15, 2020).

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."