Econ with 3.7 or Econ and Math with 3.5 for MSF and jobs
I'm a junior studying Econ and Math at a top 25 college (think Berkeley, UCLA, USC). I had prop trading research and fund management internships for the past 2 summers. My goal is to work in Investment management, Asset Management, research, risk, corporate finance or portfolio management. After I graduate, I hope I can work in one of these industries for a few years and then get a MBA. If I can't find a decent job, I will apply for MSF such as Villanova, WashU, UVA(Commerce degree), LSE, and so on. I'm not really into quant so I figured MFE is not for me. However, as I'm doing more and more high level math classes, they are beginning to hurt my GPA. Given my goals, should I keep my major as Econ/Math? Do MSF require a lot of math? If I do keep my current major, I will have a lot of struggles keeping my current GPA, which is around 3.5. Or I could major in Econ and get a minor in Mathematical Finance so that I don't have to take high level math classes. Instead I can take business probability and business stats, which I suppose would be a lot easier. By this hopefully, I can boost my GPA up to a 3.7 3.8 till the time I graduate, which would give me a better chance at getting jobs and getting into grad school? Any input would be appreciated! Thank you!
I think Econ and math should set you up well for an MSF if that is what you end up doing. I'd probably start looking at CFA level 1 since it is the gold standard in asset management. Having L1 done will also help you with admissions.
Thank you for your reply. Do you think with an MSF and no prior work experience, my chances for getting a job in investment management, asset management or just research/risk in general will be higher?
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