Goizueta's Master of Analytical Finance Class of 2024 poses for a group shot at their orientation event
Goizueta's Master of Analytical Finance Class of 2024

Goizueta Business School welcomes it’s second cohort to the Master of Analytical Finance program this academic year, and this incoming class is no less impressive than the inaugural class.

Students from the inaugural class of the Master of Analytical Finance at graduation

The Master of Analytical Finance degree was originally the brainchild of Kirsten Travers-UyHam, who helped develop the program to attract both recent graduates and individuals looking to upskill after a few years in the workforce. Travers-UyHam, associate professor in the practice of finance, drew from her experience on Wall Street and her survey of current finance industry professionals on the future needs of finance in designing the 10-month, STEM-designated degree.

Of the 463 applicants to this year’s cohort, 34 future financial professionals secured spots in this internship-style program, which introduces students to the fast-paced world of sales and trading, investment management, fintech, and investment banking. These students will immerse themselves in the world of financial analysis during the 10-month degree, including significant time in Goizueta’s state-of-the-art Finance Lab.

The class is made up of 47 percent women and 74 percent international students, cementing the globally diverse experience of these students. This cohort also comes to Goizueta from 27 universities, including George Washington University, The Ohio State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others.

“We are thrilled to welcome our second cohort of talented and diverse future financial professionals,” says Tom Smith, academic director of the Master of Analytical Finance program, who took on the role in September of this year.

These students are excited to learn and have already shown that they will have a lasting impact on the finance industry landscape. Our program’s strength is the unique experiences and perspectives of our students. We are lucky to have such an amazing cohort.

Tom Smith
Master of Analytical Finance students participating in the Leadership Reaction Course challenge
Master of Analytical Finance students participating in the Leadership Reaction Course

“During the first year of the Master of Analytical Finance program, we learned a lot and are ready to deliver a great experience for the second cohort. This is an exciting time at Goizueta, and this is a powerhouse class destined for great things,” says Melissa Rapp, associate dean of graduate admissions.

For all their academic prowess, this year’s cohort also brings with it a host of unique talents and experiences, including speaking multiple languages (for one student, that number is five), professional breakdancing, playing golf in the U.S. Open qualifier, living in seven different countries, playing multiple instruments, studying four majors in undergrad, and playing two varsity sports at Emory University’s Oxford College.

Located in the dynamic, global city of Atlanta, now the #1 hub for fintech innovation, Goizueta’s Master of Analytical Finance program offers unparalleled access to a thriving ecosystem of financial institutions and cutting-edge fintech companies. The school also matches each student with a dedicated career coach to provide personalized guidance and support throughout the program. And with a projected 17 percent job growth in financial services over the next decade as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates will be primed to enter a field ripe with opportunities.

“I chose the MAF program due to the dynamic curriculum. My background within finance was consolidated, and the program has given me the ability to gain practical experience in all lines in the industry,” shares Zach Larkin 24MAF. “I made the decision to attend after my tour with the program ambassador. It was clear by the resources that we have that the Goizueta community and faculty care about every step of our development in the program and in the finance world.”

Interested in being part of the next cohort? Learn more about Goizueta’s Master of Analytical Finance degree.

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Alexandra Shimalla
Alexandra Shimalla is a freelance higher education journalist.