NYU Masters Real Estate vs. Non-Ivy MBA

I'm currently considering attending NYU's MS in Real Estate program part-time but have noticed certain job descriptions for positions within certain CRE investmente firms prefer or sometimes require either an MBA or CFA (outside of some REPE, i noticed a job for Allstate that mentioned this requirement). I have been working within CRE finance for 4 years with 3 years of experience in IB prior to that and am considering roles within certain structured capital shops (mezz, pref equity provider, etc)

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deleting as this is was already posted on B-school barrage on 1/29. Sorry!

Columbia University MA in Statistics?

Hello,
What's their rep in the finance field? Anyone here graduate from the program? What's their post-graduation job placement like?

MBA: Where should I be applying?

Here are some of my stats:

3.5 undergrad GPA from large SUNY school, financial analyst major concentration
2+ years as a financial advisor at a large global insurance company
2+ years as a telecom consultant for small-medium sized companies ( think b2b sales with emphasis on leadership, i ran my own team of 5-15 reps at certain points during my stint there)
2+ years as a trader at a prop desk in NYC

I also project getting a 700+ on the GMAT (ample study time since I wont be applying until later this year)

I will have 2 hopefully very good recommendations from a current employer and a past employer, and already have a good idea of what I'm going to write for the essays.

AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business School

I recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective applicants and fellow WSO monkeys. I have also occasionally encountered a negative narrative around Columbia (don't know why) on this forum and would like to provide an insider's perspective. I, for one, have absolutely loved my experience at Columbia thus far.

On to the good, the bad, and the ugly about Columbia Business School.

1) Recruiting
Columbia has exceeded my previously established expectations around recruiting.

CUNY Baruch to NYU Stern?

Hi all the amazing monkies.
I am a HS senior and very settled to pursue a career within the IB industry, specifically FO because I had some exposure to M&A. (I decided to follow this path after very serious consideration. My family has some network within the financial services industry in Asia, and I was exposed to this at a young age.) Though still have a long way to go in order to excel in this field, I am very determined to presevere, and I also think my personality is a great fit for this industry.

Should I apply to Columbia or not?

Currently working in lower-MM PE. Looking to move up market in the future, possibly mega fund but who knows. I know how unlikely that is. Applied to and interviewed at Booth, Tuck and Stern, dinged at HBS and Wharton. I was going to apply to Columbia but now I'm not sure if it's even worth it. Booth and Tuck are my top two right now, and if I get into Booth I'll probably go there. Columbia didn't seem that great when I visited it TBH.

Wharton vs. Columbia vs. Booth

Hi, I wanted to hear some opinions on these three schools for banking recruitment. I'm probably looking to do 2 years in Investment Banking in NY in a BB and then come back to Brazil to work in PE Megafund.

Current BG is 2 years in ER at a local bank and 2 years in PE/ Impact Investing

The way I see it

Wharton: Pros - More elite for PE job medium term, Stronger network in the region and stronger academics - Cons Living in Philly for two yeras

Columbia: Pros- Being in NYC for networking with bankers 24/7, Strong recruitment in BB IBD (Goldman, Citi) Cons: Living in NYC is really expensive, Campus is terrible

Chances at M7 - Appreciate some advice

Posting for a friend here:

Background
- Female
- Raised US
- Born Korea
- Korean citizen

Work (thus far)
- 1.5 years @ EY's Commercial Advisory team focuses on MM PE DDs (US)
- Interned at Accenture (US)
- Interned at large foundation with $2B AUM (US)

Volunteer/Leadership
- Involved in university's student-run venture fund
- Ran operations for one of university's portfolio companies which does ~$100K revenue

Academics
- Top 10 University (e.g. Duke, Dartmouth)
- 3.70 GPA
- Double Majored in Econ and Policy
- SAT 2260, GMAT TBD

Three big questions:
- What are my chances at M7?
- How can I improve my chances? Any specific strategies for particular schools?

MSRE/D vs MBA for real estate acquisitions career

Hi all, I'm considering pursuing a graduate degree to break into real estate, particularly in acquisitions/Asset Management role. I have a 3.6 gpa from a top 50 business undergrad and a 730 GMAT. Im looking at the MSRE from NYU as well as the MSRED and MBA programs at Columbia. Does anyone have any experience from one of these programs?

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