Student Life

Life as an MSc student

As a full-time SFU Beedie MSc student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular events and activities to enrich your educational experience.

Classes are held at the Segal Graduate School of Business campus in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. It’s an impressive, 60,000 square feet building that houses over 800 graduate students from our various programs. Vancouver itself is consistently voted one of the world’s most beautiful and livable cities in the world.

Downtown accommodation

If admitted into the program, you will have the opportunity to apply for SFU’s new Graduate Residence, the Charles Chang Innovation Centre Residence, located in Downtown Vancouver. It consists of 52 apartment-style residential units, and is primarily for graduate students. You will be able to choose between:

  • A Studio apartment 
  • A two-bedroom shared apartment 
  • A two-bedroom + study shared apartment 

All apartments are equipped with:

  • A washroom, kitchen, and storage room.
  • Furniture (couch, dining table, bed, wardrobe, etc.).
  • Laundry facilities that are shared with the building.
  • Elevator access.
  • High-speed Internet, utilities (heat, electricity, and hot water), and basic cable.

Networking and competitions

Each year our students participate in various competitions where you get to apply and demonstrate what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • National Investment Banking Competition: A pressure-packed 5-hour challenge to create a buy-side M&A presentation and pitch to a panel of judges and 300 delegates.
  • CFA Global Investment Research Challenge: Students create a detailed research report for a company and defend their investment thesis to a panel of judges.
  • ENGAGE International Investment Education Symposium: In association with the United Nations Global Compact, this is the world’s largest Student Managed Portfolio Competition. Colleges and universities with student managed portfolios from across the US and Canada compete based on their twelve-month risk-adjusted yearly returns in the areas of growth, value, blend/core and asset allocation styles of management. Beedie MSc Finance students have won the top prize four years in a row.
  • MSc Finance and MBA students are regularly offered the chance to attend educational and social/networking industry events featured by the local Chapters of:
    Professional Risk Managers' International Association
    Management & Economics Society (MES) of CIM
    Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst
    Chartered Financial Analyst Institute
    Alternative Investment Management Association
    and others

A Few Good Minds blog

For the most up-to-date look at elements of life at SFU Beedie, including competition news, please visit our student blog, A Few Good Minds. If you are an international student, visit International Student Experience.