Are targets too expensive for you? Do you find yourself rifling through WSO thinking, "my non-target is not good enough?" Do you crave college football?

I could keep going, and you could keep nodding, but perhaps I have a solution.

MSF programs started taking flight in the 80's when Wharton started its Wall Street trade school. In the last decade, MSF programs have sprung up across the country offering traditional finance Masters and ones like Colombia's mathematics of finance. After scouring through recommendations on WSO, I've come up with an interesting set that won't necessarily break the bank, but might get you into one:

Ohio State University:

First year of existence, class of 50 students. 1 year program with specific IB coursework, 600+ GMAT, Major recruiters: Barclays, Goldman, UBS. Total cost: ~49,000

University of Florida:

Touts a 100% employment prior to graduating. 650+ GMAT, Major IB recruiters: Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Goldman usually grabs 1 student out of 25. Total cost: ~$20,000.

University of Alabama:

640+ GMAT, Major IB recruiters: Barclays, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch. Total cost: $22,000

Boston College:

The oldest of the bunch. 650+ GMAT, class of 56 students. Total cost: $40,000

Louisiana State:

600+ GMAT. Total cost: $26,000

I'll leave the usual ranking antics out, but its clear a lot of these graduates are coming out decently recruited. OSU's is brand new, and the other programs above are fairly young as well. Many more MSF programs are expected to turn up in the short future, and it seems as if Wall Street is taking notice.

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How in the hell is ANT not in this thread yet?

Thanks for the info mfriedman.

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I really like how you use a pic of SMU, which does not have an MSF program (to the best of my knowledge).

But, yes, I see this as an opportunity for ANT to really give more insight into the MSF degree (which I have myself).



Major Recruiters: Raising Canes, Shaw Group, Edward Jones, John Deere


If you're looking for MSF programs with a BCS-affiliated college FB team...you can add Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Purdue to that list as well.


did you mean the University of Alabama?

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What would you guys like me to discuss?

UIUC is the oldest MSF that I know of. U of Florida has great placements, but they are really predisposed to taking Florida undergrads. University of Alabama is a sleeper, but their placements are amazing. I have a nice review of it on my site.

Vandy is solid. BC has a new quant track for their MSF which will compete nicely with WUSTL's quant track. Purdue is well known and a respected school. Claremont has great placements, but are really looking for a high GPA.

Boston area has a bunch of great options. Villanova is strong in Philly and NYC. New website should be coming soon also.

Ask away and I will answer whatever you guys want.


Sorry, but MSF != Financial Mathematics, quant finance, fin engineering.


Anthony, do you see any other highly-ranked schools coming out with new programs soon? If I apply it'll be for the class of 2014.

In reply to RESC

Anthony, do you see any other highly-ranked schools coming out with new programs soon? If I apply it'll be for the class of 2014.

You might want to check out Columbia's new MSc in Financial Economics. It's a two-year program though.


If your applying in 2014 I think there will be one, if not two new programs.


what about Columbia financial engineering


thats in state tuiton for ohio state how the fuck are you going to becoe an ohio residesident


Financial engineering programs are different than MSF programs. From everything I have read they seem to be saturated at this point. Check out quantnet.com if you are interested in that.


I would be curious how many of those positions are front office

In reply to wadtk

Sorry, but MSF != Financial Mathematics, quant finance, fin engineering.

Not true...many MSF programs are geared towards various career tracks within finance (like Vanderbilt). I think this misconception might be why some people choose to not pursue a MSF degree.


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