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Get an edge on the competition - ask Vantage Point MBA your business school application questions

WallStreetOasis.com

WSO is excited to announce that we have selected Vantage Point MBA, a top MBA admissions consulting firm, for our 2019 MBA partnership! The Vantage Point MBA team is available for WSO members to answer your questions about MBA applications in the Business School Forum. The Vantage Point MBA team, l...

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AMA: Big 4 -> Military Officer -> Top 10 MBA

Rogue_Pogue_Monkey

Hello! I’m new to the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community and received an email to do an AMA. I’ll be honest, I rarely open myself up to anyone in person, much less online. But, I do this in the spirit of paying it forward. Hopefully my journey can...

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IU Kelley Prestige

tsk613

What is Kelley’s prestige on the street like? Is it easy to break into <abbr title="investment banking">ib</abbr> or or from Kelley? What’s the placement like? Thank You!

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Master Europe suggestions: HEC vs Bocconi

gbush2726

Hi there! German undergrad here (think Manheim/Frankfurt school of management/Goethe). I was fortunate enough to get into Bocconi Msc Finance (no scholarship) and HEC Master in management(no scholarship). My goal is to get into <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>...

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WSO Hall of Fame: Business School and GMAT Forum

WallStreetOasis.com

The Wall Street Oasis Business School and GMAT Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best topics covering the business school world. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navi...

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Which B-School should I apply to this year??

talisagaye

Do you have any recommendations on which schools I could aim for? Yale rejected me this year R3 (waiting for feedback). Some profile info: 1) 4 years in family engineering firm as internal consultant. Medium sized, a bit below 200 ppl 2) Started new [email protected] big tech consulting firm in unique position r...

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Should junior undergra go to DealMaven/IBI/WallStreetPrep/TTS? If so which one is better?

nanyenan1980

Hi, guys I'm going to be a junior this fall, and now studing in a nontarget school, major in Business analytst trying to break into IB, also looking for an internship during winter 2020. I want to strat prepare now since I know only a little about anything. If there's any advice or any ways that c...

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Financial engineering master degree

clarissika

Hello, Currently doing an undergrad program in law, and would like to complete change my direction to finance. the idea studying law seemed cool to me 4years ago but now I just don’t want to and can’t do this anymore Seriously thinking about pursuing a financial engineering master degree in...

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UVA McIntire MS Commerce or Duke Fuqua MMS

tinamaria

Hello all. I've been accepted to both UVA's MS Commerce (Marketing & Management Track) and Duke's Master of Management Studies. I'm having a bit of trouble deciding which program is the best choice. Both schools have incredible faculty, alumni networks, as well as job placement rates. I don't have ...

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MSF schools BC MSF/Villanova MSF/UVA Ms in commerce(finance track)/WUSTL MSF (WAM)

Sarah_White

Hi everyone. I am a senior at a top 35 liberal arts college, international student, majoring in Statistics. Had an internship experience at a hedge fund in Hong Kong. I am targeting my career in IB/Asset Management ideally. Planning to work either in NYC/Boston or Hong Kong. Prefer in the US. I have...

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What would you do if you were me? (Medicine vs Business)

ConfusedGuru

Hey guys, I just want to preface this by saying its a long one, but any sort of advice would be greatly appreciated, because I am so very lost and scared for my future. For context, I just finished my sophomore year at UC San Diego as a Biology major originally intending to go for medical school...

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What can I add to a Mcgill degree in maths and CS in order to become a quant?

monneyaddict2001

Hello everyone, I've always dreamt of working in the sector of finance, aiming for hedge funds mostly, but also IB's, to work in the quantitative field. Here's the thing, I've been accepted at McGill and chose to take a BA hons (because I hate chemistry and biology), with a first major in maths and...

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Switching from politics via MBA?

Welan

I'm working in politics right now (worked on state and national level) after getting my degree in political science. I have little experience in consulting so far, only a 3 months internship in an unknown company during my undergrad and none in IB. I am currently considering doing an MBA and switch...

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Has anyone ever refused you a recommendation or given you a bad one?

Personofwalmart

Title. Was thinking for business school specifically but if you have any stories from switching jobs that's relevant also. Without going into details I'm trying to cover my bases here (no fault of my own)......

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Low GPA - HBX Core to Compensate - Are all Classes/Programs created Equal?

biotechnerd

Hey All, I have a low GPA (3.11) with a downward trend. No point getting into the reasons why in this post. Anyone who has read [Accepted's MBA Admissions Tip: Dealing with a Low GPA](https://blog.accepted.com/applying-to-b-school-with-a-low-gpa/) knows that the most important part of mitigating a...

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Profile Evaluation Next Year MIF LBS/LSE/UCL/ICL/Warwick/Bacconi/HEC

Junnkyr

Greetings, I would like to apply for MIF in the next year, and now I need your help to evaluate my profile and chances of getting an offer from: Tier 1: LBS(MFA), LSE(MF&A) Tier 2:UCL, ICL, Warwick, Bacconi, HEC What I’m having under my belt right now: 1.Bachelor in F&A from #1 business school i...

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AMA: Big 4 -> Military Officer -> Top 10 MBA

Rogue_Pogue_Monkey

Hello! I’m new to the WSO community and received an email to do an AMA. I’ll be honest, I rarely open myself up to anyone in person, much less online. But, I do this in the spirit of paying it forward. Hopefully my journey can help others in this community. Brief background: BS in Accounti...

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Thoughts on MSc Investment and Wealth Management from Imperial College? Tips on securing jobs?

TriggeredDrBurry

Hola Amigos, I am due to start at Imperial Business School later this year and was wondering what the pros think about ICL's Investment and Wealth Management program. I also received an offer from King's College London from MSc Banking and Finance but decided to go with ICL. Also, would be great ...

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LBS MFA vs. NUS MSc Finance

sk0796

Hello Everyone, I need help in deciding between LBS Masters in Financial Analysis and National University of Singapore MSc Finance. My goals: Work in Asset Management/Investment Banking in Singapore. I'm not so fond of working in London/Europe. I have strong preference for Singapore. Like I would...

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Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett to become USC business school dean in 2020

buggylovesfinance

Thoughts? Could make USC Marshall more competitive down the line. https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/06/penn-wharton-dean-usc-marshall-geoffrey-garrett...

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Stockholm School of Economics: The New Bachelor

black.swan.analysis

Hi all, Basically, I am a high school student, and a few weeks ago I discovered that SSE launches an English taught undergraduate programme in Business and Economics. Anyone from SSE here? How do you think their undergrad will do in terms of recruiting (because I might be technically among the ...

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2+2 Programs

blooticus

Anybody have advice for a rising junior at semi-target, looking to secure 2+2 acceptance at an M7. Signed junior summer with top MM HF (Citadel/Millenium/DE Shaw). Currently working on GMAT/GRE, but anything else that I can do? ...

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Chances at a T20 B-School

JodiHighroller

Hi all, I'd appreciate any feedback, advice and/or guidance you may have for me. Work Experience: 2 Years in FP&A at an F20 Extra Curriculars: Board Member of a local nonprofit, President of Fraternity at first school Undergrad: B10/Economics (Unfinished) / B10/B.S.B.A. (In Progress) Race: East...

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GMAT Vs. GRE for MBA Apps?

Londinium23

I know this question probably has been asked before but is there any difference in B-School admissions between taking the GMAT and the GRE? Is GRE looked down by Admissions Committees vs. the GMAT? Is there any advantage to taking one over the other? I ask as math is not my strong suit by far, an...

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Tuck v Fuqua

NWSL

Hi All I have been admitted to Tuck and Fuqua. Super excited but confused like crazy. Both programs have offered me generous scholarships, but Duke has offered 20k more. I an international student with 4 years of Investment Banking experience in South Asia. Wants to get into Investment Banking in ...

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Exchange to HEC Paris after MSc degree, worth it over an internship?

LVB

Hey all, I am finishing up my master degree and I am planning ahead my next year. I plan to do a multiple interships to orientate myself and to work on my CV. Now I also have the opportunity to go for an exchange semester in spring (feb - may) to HEC Paris. I wonder, would that be worth more on my...

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Promotion or Lateral at Global Top 10 Biotech - which looks better to M7?

biotechnerd

Hey All. I'm a long time lurker on this forum - now I've found myself in quite a bind and need some advice. **My Background** I currently work at one of the top 10 largest biotech firms in world in Sales Operations. I have been with the company since I graduated. I have a bit of a unique backgrou...

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A career in finance after a graduate degree in Business Analytics/Data Science?

jhalmsli

Hi! I have just been accepted for a MSc in Data Science and Business Analysis at Bocconi University. I have however not quite decided what I want to work with in the future (I'm drawn to both management consulting and finance). I was therefore wondering whether a graduate degree in business analytic...

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SMU MBA

CompliConsultant

Hi Everyone, I wanted to ask about SMU MBA program and its placement into the Texas market for IB associates and potentially some other Buyside roles. I understand coming from one of these schools will not place best on the street, but looking at the alumni it seems that they place decently. My co...

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Worth Transferring for Consulting?

Non-target Pleb

I kind of dug myself in a ditch due to poor decisions as a 17 year old. I just finished my sophomore year at a T50 non-target school with almost a 4.0 studying biochemistry and computer science. I did well in high school and got into a lot of solid schools with scholarships, but chose to attend my ...

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GMAT or GRE for M7

blooticus

Does it matter if I take GRE or GMAT for B school admissions? Aiming for M7 and scored better on GRE. Thanks! ...

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MSc or MBA for physical trading?

DtimesDmeasures

Currently working in a small-mid sized shop in Asia, my company does physical trading of soft/agricultural commodities. I would eventually like to work and live in Europe, ideally still doing physical trading. Which countries/cities would you recommend someone to target for physical commodity tradin...

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MSc Finance University of Bath vs University of Edinburgh

AJIBD

Hi, I have received offers from the following universities for MSc Finance: University of Bath University of Edinburgh Which of these would be better for landing a job at Investment Banks in Equity Research Division or Asset Management. I know there are other universities in London that are meant...

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Career possibilities after MSc in Data Science from Bocconi University

jhalmsli

Hi! I have just been accepted for a MSc in Data Science and Business Analysis at Bocconi University. I have however not quite decided what I want to work with in the future (I'm drawn to both management consulting and finance). I was therefore wondering whether a graduate degree in business analytic...

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MSc Finance Profile Evaluation (LSE Finance, LBS Financial Analysis, Oxford Financial Economics)

artur17777

Hello everyone, Im planning to do an MSc in Finance next year (straight after i finish my undergrad) and will be applying after this summer. Basic profile: Semi-target uni in the UK. Think Bristol, Bath, Durham, Warwick, studying Economics & Mathematics. After two years my average is 72% First Cl...

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Chance at LSE MSc A&F/Finance

dorsialunchmenu

I'm currently studying at RSM, Bsc International Business Administration. - I got a 7.91 in my first year (2:1, 8.0 and up is 1st), my performance slipped this year, by the time I'll be applying my GPA will likely be 7.8. Achieving an 8.0 seems unlikely. - Assisted in the organization of a case co...

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MSF Class of 2020

TNA

Every year I do a post like this on about this date for students seeking admission. Most MSF/MMS program start their application cycle around this time so it is usually helpful. Prior years Q&A are listed below. https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/msf-class-of-2019 https://www.wallstreetoasis.co...

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Low GPA, MBA Chance

mbaplease

Hi All, Looking for commentary on my chances to applying to top MBA programs. I am looking to transition into IB. GMAT: 770 (Q51 V45) Age/Gender/Race: 27,M,Caucasian WE: 5 years upon matriculation - I am a front-end software engineer (at a start-up for first two years). I actually self-taught my...

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European Masters Rankings

Pan European Monkey

Hi all, After seeing an increase in terms of masters related questions over the forums I have decided to do a ranking for all masters, as well as their focus. As always any input will be appreciated and will update the post with quotes. **This is purely for IB and London - European masters would...

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Masters in Finance with low GPA. Can I make it up?

vhv333

Can work experience and a high GMAT offset a low undergrad GPA? I'm trying to figure out how to go about things in the future....

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AWA

mixail.chatziantonis

Hello, I am a Greek student and I have started to prepare my applications for graduate programs. I am taking the GMAT test in one month from now. I have completed my preparation for the test scoring around (±)700, looking to reach 720+ until then. The problem is that I have not prepared the AWA. Do...

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Master Europe suggestions: HEC vs Bocconi

gbush2726

Hi there! German undergrad here (think Manheim/Frankfurt school of management/Goethe). I was fortunate enough to get into Bocconi Msc Finance (no scholarship) and HEC Master in management(no scholarship). My goal is to get into IB (no preference, M&A, S&T, LevFin whatever) in London. They both have ...

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MBA or MFin after 3 years of banking?

smalltown093

Hey guys, long time lurker on the forum here - been following since freshman year in college. I now have 3 years of experience working as an IB analyst in a coverage group at a tier 1 bulge bracket bank in NYC. Due to my visa issue, I unfortunately have to pursue a master’s degree to come back to ...

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AFC Bocconi vs MiM ESCP Europe

balldontlie17

Hi everyone. I've been admitted to both the MSc in Accounting Financial Management and Control at Bocconi and to the Master in Management at ESCP Europe. I am a bit unsure about what to choose at the moment. I have done a bachelor in Economics and Finance at LUISS university (english course) with a ...

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What can I realistically do post MBA?

leaving_wealth_management

I'm currently a Financial Advisor (Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS) who hates being a salesman, and I'm also not very good at it. I got into wealth management because I didn't get an offer for IB, ER, etc. I want to use an MBA as a launching pad for my next career move because, to be very honest,...

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Admitted at IE MIF with deadline but pending interview from HEC & LBS!

1 day in IB

Hi peeps! So i'm in a tricky situation: I've just been admitted at IE for their MIF and for their dual degree MIM+MIF. I have to give them an answer by May 20th. It's tricky because I also applied to HEC & LBS and their interview decision is pending. Here's my profile: - Graduated with Honours from...

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LSE MSc in Accounting, Organisations, and Institutions or ESSEC MSc in Finance

saville95

Hi there, I received an offer for LSE MSc AOI and ESSEC MSc Finance; however, I am in a dilemma regarding which program would be more suitable in securing summer internships or FT position in an IBD in London or Singapore. Although, the LSE MSc AOI does shares some electives with its Accounting & ...

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MiM LBS or MSc Finance & Accounting Imperial

carlook

Hello everyone! I hold an offer for the Masters in Management at London Business School and another offer for the MSc Finance & Accounting at Imperial College Business School. My post-graduation goal is to get a summer internship in Investment Banking (M&A possibly), which program do you think wil...

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How important is a variety of experiences in applications?

Redbirdmonkey

I'm a recent graduate but I'm trying to plan ahead for a top MBA program (10-20 range). As I start to build up my work experience, what looks better on an application, variety between industries/firms or multiple promotions in the same firm? Would working in different areas of finance like AM, PE, W...

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Dropping my MBA and get a full-time job?

collahola

Currently pursuing a top branded full-time MBA, but 1-1.5 years till graduation (i.e. mid/late 2020). Solid prior experience in investment banking/corporate finance, and confident that I'm interview ready, and MBA adds limited value in terms of learning and polishing. Have been approached by a few...

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LSE/Imperial MSc Finance profile evaluation

Aspiring Expatriate

Good afternoon everyone, I'm a French student looking to start my finance career in London so I plan on applying to an MSc there. I'd love to get into LSE or Imperial considering the brand name, courses, and the proximity to half the financial world. I'd appreciate some insight on my chances cons...

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Current MBA student starting at my program in the EU, but looking to work in the USA

bcrew13

I am starting my program this fall at a Tier 2 (Non-UK) school as I have moved to my fiance who is currently working and awaiting her visa for the USA. This was a personal decision and I know it does make it much more difficult to network and limits my outreach for alumni as most stick within the EU...

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Which school to attend? Baruch, UCL or Warwick?

ticktock523

Hello, i am a high school senior from China and i got the offers from Baruch(currently general program, the result of honor program application has not yet announced), University College London (economics&statistics) and Warwick (Accounting & Finance). I always want to pursue a career in financial...

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Why are the average GPAs at some Top 10 business schools so low?

recruitingstudent

I was amazed that the average GPA's of Top 10 b-schools are so low considering how competitive to get in. According to Poets & Quants, some of the average GPAs for 2018 were the following: Wharton - 3.60, Booth - 3.60, Ross - 3.50, Tuck - 3.49, Sloan - 3.48, and Cornell Johnson was only 3.39. A 3....

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Major Choice for Tufts

mikekama4

I ended up committing to tufts, and I was wondering if this would be a good plan to break into IB/Consulting. I want to major in IR, which is tufts speciality, with a concentration in international economics. I would then get a minor in finance, or maybe double major in Econ. Do you guys think if I ...

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What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):

TheGrind

The main takeaways are either headers or in bold. If you get accepted to multiple top 10-15 schools, take “prestige” out of the equation. I always tell the story of my good friend who passed up a full ride at Columbia to pay full freight at Wharton due to rankings. She ended up taking a corpo...

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IU Kelley Prestige

tsk613

What is Kelley’s prestige on the street like? Is it easy to break into ib or or from Kelley? What’s the placement like? Thank You! ...

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Feeder companies and roles to H/S/W

The White Bull

For a big boost to your finance career you would want to get into a H/S/W. But if you don't have a high GPA as I do, you might want to get into a global company with an exceptional track record. MBB along with a handful of IBs make the cut for H/S/W but are there certain roles that you think will tu...

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Colby College

ib_457

How is Colby College? It seems to be on par in with the other top NESCACs (Amherst, Williams, Bowdoin, Midd) in terms of alumni in finance. Any ideas on NYC placement? It seems Citi is hosting some recruitment program there (http://www.colby.edu/news/2014/12/05/colby-pilot-new-citi-recruiting-progra...

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Business School for Product Management Pivot?

FlatVerticalCulture

Hi Monkeys, I'm a UG student trying my best to put together a tailored career path - I intend on applying to a deferred program and I remain open minded, but a path I'm flirting with mentally a lot right now is to go to business school in order to pivot into product management at a big tech firm af...

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Northwestern ECON vs IU Kelley vs Vanderbilt ECON

AQArgo

With decisions out, I've arrived at the three options above; NU, IU-Kelley, and Vandy. I am currently a student at IU, but decided to apply for a transfer spot at these schools in the case of a "you never know" outcome. Fortunately, I was accepted into both schools, and am now looking for advice for...

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Need GMATS asap - how long to cram?

a5hleybmw

basically my life and trading career is not going to move forward until I get the stupid GMAT Need to get high 700, Starting from scratch, locking myself in room, turning my phone off ...... - how long can I do this in? A week/fortnight? - Which study materials do I need/ do you recommend? - I...

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Cornell or Claremont McKenna Undergrad?

Rc K2

Got off the waitlist at both schools, was wondering which one is better for recruiting. I personally want to go to Claremont and start my career at a West Coast office, but some family friends have been telling me that West Coast banking is on the decline and everyone's headed back to NYC, which Cor...

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Typical Clawback Structure for Employer Sponsored Masters Degree

Carl Icahn't

Hello WSO - Can anyone out there share common clawback structures for employer-sponsored Masters degrees? I have been accepted to a local program and my manager(s) are working on a proposal. Their initial proposal is a 1 year clawback period upon completion of the degree. The degree would take 2 ...

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NYU, Duke or Brandeis for MA Econ?

ndjango10

Hi guys, could you guys help me choose between these three programs: MA Economics at NYU (Accepted) MA International Economics and Finance at Brandeis (Accepted with significant scholarship) MA Applied Financial Economics at Duke (Awaiting Decision) Specifically, I would appreciate if you could co...

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How common is it for employers to pay for MBA tuition?

frnzs95

How common is it for employers (F500 generally speaking) to pay for someone's MBA in return for guaranteeing x years of service in return? I know some offer some tuition reimbursement, but I wouldn't really plan on dropping $150k for a solid program (not M7) when the opportunity cost is really $25...

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Profile Evaluation for European pre-experience Masters

mipa98

Hi there! I just took the GMAT and I'm considering retaking, but first I wanted to ask more experienced people for an opinion on the chances I would have at the top masters pre-experience in Europe (both MiF and MiM) given my current GMAT score and the rest of my profile. I will start applying in O...

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GMAT Please help with my future 3 months study plan

mamu10

Hi everybody, Started my preparation with a cold 440 Q32 V19 (without even knowing how DS works) Then I did 2 weeks using an online platform Another mock 500 Q39 V21 then did another month with the same online platform but I relized I wasn't learning anything. So I decided to start reading all the ...

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Wharton Undergrad prestige

ptrenda

Hi, A friend of mine just got accepted to the Wharton School of Business (undergrad) and I am trying to explain the prestige that comes along with the degree. He is considering other lower tier business schools (UNC, Lehigh) and Cornell. Does anyone know of some convincing articles that show the s...

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T15 MBA for Buyside Placement

atls29

Looking for any guidance on buyside placement for those in a T15 MBA program (read: not top 7). Have looked at various employment reports (Darden, Mccombs, etc.) and was surprised on the relative lack of buyside placements across these. Any guidance on how recruiting in this position tends to go wou...

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Bocconi or St Gallen for Bachelors?

singingrain

Hey WSO Community! So, I have the choice to either attend Bocconi for the BIEM or St Gallen for Business next year. But, I just can’t decide which one I should pick and which will give me better job opportunities. Some background: I‘m from Germany and I would like a career in either finance (pre...

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