Before the M.S. in Commerce students even start the program in August, McIntire’s Commerce Career Services (CCS) reaches out to them to start the job search process. Students are provided with numerous resources to make sure they’re fully prepared when companies start visiting in the fall. From big events like the Commerce Career Fair, to panels and “coffee chats” with employers, to one-on-one resume reviews and mock interviews, CCS is constantly helping students figure out where their next steps should be and how to get there.
One of the great things about McIntire as a whole is that the Student Services office regularly puts on events that bring the community together. Students, faculty, and staff all gathered last November to enjoy a great winter bash with cake and hot cocoa before the legendary Lighting of the Lawn. Then, to kick off the spring semester, we just had a huge Lunar New Year celebration last Thursday with seemingly endless dumplings, tea and candy tasting, karaoke, and a chopsticks competition. McIntire’s halls were decked out in paper lanterns and decorative knots for the week leading up to the celebration.
Over winter break, several M.S. in Commerce (MSC) students traveled to New York for the annual NYC Marketing Trip led by Commerce Career Services. All MSC students were eligible to apply to the trip to gain an insider perspective on companies and industries, along with rich networking experiences. This year they met with eight different companies: NBA, HBO, Google, Sullivan, RF Binder, Havas Worldwide, Bounce Exchange, and HYFN.
The spring term is off to great start here in at McIntire. Student services has been providing a warm welcome back with treats in the grad lounge and a huge Lunar New Year celebration this week. The weather has been really beautiful for January, and us M.S. in Commerce students are now focusing on our track-specific coursework, so we’re each starting to become a bit more of an expert in Finance, Business Analytics, or Marketing & Management. We’re also starting to book our international flights for this year’s Global Immersion Experience (GIE), to everywhere from Sweden to China!
Finance is one of three tracks offered in the M.S. in Commerce program, along with Marketing and Management and Business Analytics. The coursework in this concentration offers a detailed understanding of finance from an analytical and global perspective. Students learn about investments, capital markets, and the legal framework of financial organizations. Finance students hit the ground running with coursework and job interviews, and by the end of the program are ready for careers in corporate finance, investment banking, private equity, commercial banking, financial consulting, and real estate. Here’s a little bit about some of this year’s M.S. in Commerce students specializing in finance:
The weekend of November 19-20 was the first M.S. in Commerce (MSC) Meet McIntire event! This was an interactive weekend designed to give academically strong students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to explore the University of Virginia and gain a holistic view of the program.
I joined the M.S. in Commerce program directly after my third (junior – UVA is a little different when it comes to semantics) year in college. This wasn’t something that I had planned on doing when I got to UVA. In fact, I didn’t even know I was eligible to graduate early until I got an email from the folks at McIntire, inviting me to check the program out and see if I could graduate in three years and stay on at UVA for a master’s degree instead of a fourth year as an undergrad
From May 13th through June 4th, M.S. in Commerce students will embark on the abroad portion of the Global Immersion Experience (GIE) to gain firsthand knowledge of business and cultural challenges around the world. The three-week curriculum focuses on understanding globalization, studying business models, and developing an expertise on specific countries. The intensive experience consists of company visits, academic sessions with universities, and sightseeing visits. The companies that McIntire students will interact with include, Nike, Dell, BMW, GE, and Rolls Royce, to name a few.
From November 4-11, M.S. in Commerce students presented their final projects to clients from the following companies: Afton Chemical, Thriving Cities, Easton Porter, Great Harvest Bread, and Merkle. The six-week assignment required students to develop an in-depth understanding of their client’s businesses, analyze the environment surrounding the industries, and make recommendations for future growth. Multiple groups presented to each client, allowing executives to take away potential solutions from each presentation.