Guest Blogger: Contributed by Nicole Carabelli, Administrative Associate for Economics & Finance at the UNCW Cameron School of Business; Lee Iapalucci, Web & Social Media Director for UNCW Cameron School of Business Graduate Programs; Dr. Bill Sackley, Professor of Finance Director for UNCW Cameron School of Business. (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on January 14, 2021).
Starting in the spring of 2020, the Cameron School of Business expanded its graduate program listings to include 4+1 programs in economics, finance and business analytics. The benefit of these programs is that they allow students to begin their master’s degrees while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degrees. This enables students to save time and enter the workforce with two degrees more quickly than if they complete the two degrees separately. Following this accelerated educational path raises the skill level so graduates can succeed in postgraduate positions.
The online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is the only master’s degree of its kind offered in North Carolina. It is designed for the convenience of working professionals with six starting points annually; 30 credit hours that can be completed in as few as 12 months while studying from home on a preferred schedule. All courses in the MSF program are offered online over a seven-week accelerated term. These courses are designed to prepare students to take the CFA exam following their completion of the program. The MSF gives students the opportunity to develop advanced expertise and prepare for prestigious positions in financial management, investment banking or investment management.
Although the 4+1 program is still new, Dennis King, a student who recently joined the program, shared that he decided to enroll to get an early start on his post-graduate studies. He said the program allows students to get a sample of what the MSF program has to offer and decide if the program will be a good fit.
“Once accepted to the MSF program, an added benefit is the time and money saved from completing six hours of the program as an undergraduate,” said King.
Some students choose the MSF program with the goal of taking the CFA exam.
“The MSF program follows the CFA curriculum very closely and will help me through the CFA journey,” said Odin Beveridge, a current MSF student. “With that in mind, I also knew having a Master of Finance will help set me apart in the current business landscape.” Having completed more than 75 percent of the courses in the MSF program, Beveridge said he was even more assured of the decision to pursue this degree. “The workload is fair, and the contents are rich in details and explanations. Each course has been manageable while working full-time and has still allowed plenty of time for hobbies, vacations, etc. Many of my bosses in the finance industry in Charlotte, NC, have asked about the program and agree it will be a great benefit to a long and promising life in the business world.”
UNCW’s MSF program is recognized by the CFA Institute, which is the gold standard of designations in the world of finance. This designation is very important to students considering their choices finance education.
When deciding on a graduate school, Ryan Sigmon had three main criteria for selecting a business school. First, it had to be a CFA-recognized program. Second, the program cost was certainly a consideration. He found UNCW’s tuition to be affordable. Lastly, it needed to be accessible. He needed a program that was online and moved at a reasonable pace so he could maintain a work-life-school balance.
“In the end, UNCW’s MSF program was my top choice, meeting all of these criteria perfectly.” Sigmon shared.
Along with AACSB accreditation, students often point to their faculty as the highlights of their educational experiences. Ryan Gavorsky, a recent MSF graduate, was able to complete the program with a 4.0 GPA and glean many valuable networking connections thanks to Nivine Richie, Teresa Walker and Candace Wilhelm. He says that recommendations from these professors have been invaluable.
“During my undergrad I went to three universities and four campuses in total, and even though this MSF program was online, the faculty and staff at UNCW were the most accommodating, friendly and helpful by far,” he said. Gavorsky has secured a job with PPD as an operations finance analyst.
The 4+1 program in Finance is only one example of these kinds of programs offered at UNCW. The Cameron School of Business also offers this in the fields of business analytics, computer science and economics. For more information about a the 4+1 programs, visit uncw.edu/csb.
The Cameron School of Business is delighted by the successes of these students and alumni. The new programs are just some of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to the students and ensure distinctiveness.
For more details, contact MSF Director William Sackley at email@example.com.
New Graduate Programs at the UNCW Cameron School of Business include:
- MBA/M.S. Business Analytics dual graduate degree
- MBA/M.S. Finance & Investment Management dual graduate degree
- MBA Specialization in Marketing
- MBA Specialization in Supply Chain Management
- MSBA/B.S. Business Administration, Business Analytics concentration 4+1
- MSF/B.S. Business Administration, Finance concentration 4+1
- MSF/B.S. Business Administration, Economics concentration 4+1
Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Ph.D., is the dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, named in June 2015. Burrus joined the UNCW faculty in 1998. Prior to his current position, Burrus was interim dean, associate dean of undergraduate studies and the chair of the department of economics and finance. Burrus earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University. The Cameron School of Business has approximately 90 full-time faculty members and 30 administrative and staff members. The AACSB-accredited business school currently enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate students in three degree programs and 750 graduate students in four degree programs. The school also houses the prestigious Cameron Executive Network, a group of more than 200 retired and practicing executives that provide one-on-one mentoring for Cameron students. To learn more about the Cameron School of Business, please visit http://csb.uncw.edu/. Questions and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.