Maybe not completely pointless, but a waste of money at the least?
Some background. I am a sophomore at a non-target, and I was able to land minor, unpais internship at a small
3.8 , honors college, usual clubs and stuff, on the e-board of a club, probably going to president or VP of that one next year.
So, my end goal is to go to a top business school for my MBA when I am in my mid/late 20s, ideally Harvard (but who doesn’t want to go there?) but anywhere in the top 10 would be sweet. I think I might like to settle in Chicago, so Booth and Kellogg are up there too.
But I go to a non-target (big ass state school, so huge alumni network might be able to help somewhere along the line, so maybe this will be a non-issue, but I probably won’t have the perks of OCR) so getting a coveted job at a BB or top MM bank is going to be tough, I was thinking about going somewhere for a masters in finance and then heading into banking (ideally). Princeton’s and MIT’s programs obviously look top notch (though maybe a bit math heavy?) but Villanova,, maybe Vandy would be cool. CMC would be cool, wouldn’t mind living in California for a few years. Tuition doesn’t seem that absurd for some of these either, especially Nova’s and it seems like their placement is pretty solid in NYC.
Also interested in Duke’s MMS since I’m not 100% I want to go into banking, consulting also seems like an appealing career to start in. Plus the Duke name would be really nice next to my name, that alumni network would certainly be nice. But program costs of $65k kind of makes me question if it would be worth it.
So, if my goal is to go to a business school like Harvard/Booth/Darden, etc… for my MBA would a MSF be a poor investment? Even if I can’t land a nice banking gig out of undergrad, people from corporate finance jobs get into top b-schools, right? How competitive are FLDPs? My school sends a few people to consulting firms likeand as well each year, those jobs would interest me. I’m a finance and accounting double major so Big 4/CPA route is an option but that is really plan C at this point if banking or consulting don’t work out.
So, any advice? Would having a MSF directly hurt me when applying for b-school?