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Ok, so I currently attend a non-target (great public school) as a Finance and Economics major with a GPA of 3.85. I also believe I can get a GMAT score of approximately 710. I also do not have any work experience but am trying to this summer, in addition to research with the economics department.

I am currently looking at:
Claremont McKenna MSF
Duke MMS
UVA Commerce MSC
Villanova MSF
BC MSF

Do I have a chance of getting into these schools as someone who by that point of applying may still have little finance experience despite being a finance and economics major. Any help is appreciated. Also which would provide me the best shot to go into IBD in NY. Thank you for your help.

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  • KKS's picture

    I am interested as well. I looked at Duke's MMS program, which I am also interested in, and your stats are above average for them.

    You are not eligible for UVA's program because you will have an UG business degree.

  • Neighbor's picture

    Villanova's MSF will probably give you the best chance to for IBD NY. It's a well-established program. But I would consult ANT on this

    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

  • coolstorybro's picture

    Look at UTexas too. They just launched a new MSF program.

  • BTbanker's picture

    Since those are not exactly top tiers, and considering you do get a 710 GMAT and a SA job... I don't think you would have a problem getting in.

    Are you trying to go straight for an analyst position at BB IB?

  • blueny's picture

    No I am just looking at straight analyst position, because I don't think that I will be able to receive a summer analyst position, because I am yet to hear back on any opportunities yet and therefore will have a difficult time breaking into BB IB without any experience. That's why I am looking to go to these programs. Yeah, I know these may not be the top tier schools but I am not exactly interested in going overseas considering i want to work in NY and I kind of prefer these programs based on what I have read on them. And thanks for the tip on UT Austin will definitely look into that as well.

  • ssc122's picture

    Have heard great things about MIT's MSF from a friend.

  • TNA's picture

    blueny wrote:
    Ok, so I currently attend a non-target (great public school) as a Finance and Economics major with a GPA of 3.85. I also believe I can get a GMAT score of approximately 710. I also do not have any work experience but am trying to this summer, in addition to research with the economics department.

    I am currently looking at:
    Claremont McKenna MSF
    Duke MMS
    UVA Commerce MSC
    Villanova MSF
    BC MSF

    Do I have a chance of getting into these schools as someone who by that point of applying may still have little finance experience despite being a finance and economics major. Any help is appreciated. Also which would provide me the best shot to go into IBD in NY. Thank you for your help.

    UVA is off the list, you are a finance grad and are excluded from applying.

    BC's program is great and will do well in Boston/NYC, but it is a night time, PT MSF. They have a new full time quant track MSF during the day, but not sure if you are looking for that. Pro with this program is Boston and internship opportunity.

    Villanova's program is right outside Philly so you can intern there. Philly, like Boston is a decent finance city so you have networking and work opportunities as well. The program is established and has solid placements and alumni. The school is well ranked and has lots of alumni on the street. It is also the lowest cost of the programs listed. Placements in NYC/Philly.

    Claremont is a great MSF program. Strong West Coast placements. You are pretty close to LA so I suppose you can intern also.

    Duke has the best brand, but it is a general management program. Not saying this is a bad thing, just saying it is kind of different. Placements and program have been improving. The MMS program is finding its sweet spot.

    MIT is obviously the gold standard for traditional MSF programs. Expensive, but worth it.

    UT Austin is a great program. Probably going to be strongest in Texas or the south.

    Decide where you want to start your career (location wise) and how much you want to spend. Your stats are great and you will get into or be competitive at all schools .Claremont might pass on your since they see top UG schools with engineering backgrounds. They love Harvey Mudd. Their GMAT average is also rather high (over 700).

    Whatever you do, get an internship 1st. You don't want to have a bare resume when you start these programs.

  • blueny's picture

    Thanks ANT, will definitely keep all of that advice as I go forward definitely because I am most likely looking to work in Boston, New York or Philly. Definitely going to continue to focus on getting internship for now, but just trying to plan ahead.

  • TNA's picture

    Yeah, no worries. The internship is key. Also, redo your resume and make sure it is linear. You want to paint a picture of someone who systematically is interested in finance.

    BS Finance

    Finance Internship

    MS Finance

    Analyst bank gig

    Etc.

    Try and get two internships, with one being a boutique bank or whatever and another being PWM. Use the PWM to get your Series 7 and 66. Both are good for 1 year if you quit and will look good on the resume.

  • KKS's picture

    ANT, just to clarify an earlier comment, if an IB recruits an MSF or MMS student, they would start as an analyst, correct?

  • dblock21's picture

    @Ant...how have MSF students done in IB recruiting who don't have IB exp but other finance related internships. It seems a decent amount of kids have faired pretty well without direct IB experience, just by browsing through linedkin.

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