Grad School: Finance – Derek Haboush

Eller PDC Alumni Stories

Derek Haboush is an Eller 2015 alum working toward a Master of Science in Finance with a focus on Investment Management and Corporate Finance.

Derek Haboush

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I’ve always wanted to further my education beyond my undergraduate degree, whether that be getting my MBA or my Master of Science in Finance degree. However, I planned on heading into the work force, working for a couple years and then going back to school. What pushed me to go to graduate school early was that Dr. Sias, the head of the Finance program, informed me I had been recommended by some of my professors for preferred admission into the program. I gratefully accepted this offer, and that is how I got to where I am now.

What has been the most challenging part of the experience? The most rewarding?

I think the most challenging part of the program is staying on top of all the reading because the teachers don’t assign as much homework assignments, rather they expect you to keep up with the reading. The most rewarding is being able to go to class everyday with a group of diverse individuals who have the same passion for finance as I do.

What do you plan to do after the program?

Upon completion of the program, my goal is to work in the investment banking industry in one of the large financial capitals (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or San Francisco).

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? 

I think the biggest thing is to really make sure you love finance, and if you do enter the program, try to learn and absorb as much information as possible on a daily basis.