We recently sat down with Bryce Keblish (A&S ’19, M.S. in Commerce ’20) to hear how he successfully leveraged the M.S. in Commerce (Finance Track) to pivot from economics to a role with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Global Capital Markets Analyst.
Why did you choose the M.S. in Commerce?
I chose to pursue the M.S. in Commerce (Finance Track) in order to increase my financial acumen and open up professional positions that otherwise would not have been available to me. I chose UVA’s program specifically for two reasons: First, the blended structure that combined consultant and finance-specific training with a global focus was important to me. Second, the UVA and McIntire School of Commerce brands carry weight in the professional workspace.
What are the pros and cons of the program?
Pros: McIntire faculty are incredible, and the opportunity to travel overseas for an extended period of time was a big plus. I also liked the relatively small class size, which provided the opportunity to forge great relationships with classmates. Cons? None that I can think of!
What’s your advice for someone interested in the M.S. in Commerce?
I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants an opportunity to rebrand themselves if coming from a non-business background. The M.S. in Commerce is great for students who want to sharpen their hard skills for careers in consulting or finance. My advice is to jump on the chance to attend this program.
Make sure to soak up your time in Charlottesville. It is a beautiful city with endless things to do. A year might be too short to do them all, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!