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MSF Students Meet for Onsite Residency

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Welcoming its second cohort, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) online program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides its students with both the analytical and computational tools to succeed in finance, as well as the ethical, strategic, and personal know-how that is essential for any career in business.

While students regularly interact with professors and one another online, Georgetown McDonough held an onsite residency from Oct. 17 through Oct. 23 for the second class of MSF candidates. The residency gave students the chance to network, participate in a case competition, and receive advanced training in communication, management, and strategy.

MSF Program Director and Professor of Finance Allan Eberhart noted that the MSF program students took well to the residency’s in-person format, a fact that was especially evident by the end of the week. “The atmosphere was electric with everyone so enthused about the program and the clear sense that they were at the vanguard of Georgetown’s future,” Eberhart said, describing the closing reception.

By the time the MSF program hosts its next residency, the program will have its first class of alumni. Eberhart added that these alumni will ideally play a role in the onsite residencies going forward. “I am hopeful that we can have them talk to the current students about the program’s effect on their careers,” he said, noting that students have shown demand for more residencies as the program matures.

Xiaoli Xing, an MSF student who attended October’s residency, said the program helped her develop a more holistic understanding of the subject matter.

Fellow MSF student Beau Brand noted that the residency allowed him to expand networking opportunities among his classmates.

“The MSF program has a diverse, motivated, and highly intelligent student body,” he said. “The connections we made with our fellow classmates and faculty during the residency certainly helped solidify some powerful networks that we can leverage going forward.”