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+7MSF Class of 2020


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...

+3Get an edge on the competition - ask Vantage Point MBA your business school application questions

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...

+3MSc Finance Profile: Admitted to Bocconi and SSE


Hi all - Was admitted to Bocconi today and SSE last month and figured I'd share my profile for others looking to apply to either of these schools. I didn't apply to any other MSc Finance programs, was only really interested in these two. **Degree:** International Business,...

+3Shall I take USD 160k loan to attend Wharton?


Hi, I am an international student who just get admitted into Wharton Full time <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> (2019 intake / Class of 2021) without any fellowship. To pay for the <abbr title="Masters in Business...



Hey WSO! ESSEC vs. EDHEC. Which school would you choose for an exchange semester? I am studying Finance as my major and the goal is <abbr title="investment banking division">IBD</abbr>.

+2MSF 2020 Profile evaluation


Hi, I’m applying to <abbr title="Masters in Finance">MSF</abbr> programs, and I wanted to see my chances of gettig into my targets. My profile: BA in Economics, Minors in Statistics and Philosophy from a state school (top 40) GPA: 3.48 Major GPA 3.7 Very...

+1GMAT score


Hey <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I have a target to undertake the GMAT after the summer. I am still unclear how the scoring is defined and totaled, and what the adcoms view in the application process. Is the complete score (200-800) the total of the verbal...

+1University of Rochester, MBA or Imperial College London, MSc Economics and Strategy for Business?


Hi, everyone, I got this two offers. I know it sounds like an easy choice. However, I am an international student that needs a visa to either work in US or UK. I am aiming to work in management consulting after graduation. Which one would be a better choice? <abbr title="Masters in...

+1Illinois iMBA

John Pierpont

Primarily what I see on WSO is M7 or gtfo. <!--break--> Does anyone have any thoughts or insight into Illinois' iMBA program? Here's a [Poets & Quants article ]( some background. My...

+1Vandy MSF Campus Visit 2019 & Profile Evaluation


Hey everyone, Just visited Vanderbilt last week and the experience was amazing. I am really impressed with their faculty and career service, so that offset the downside of location. I think I did fine during interview and during the time there I tried my best to get to know everyone else. I...

+1Question about recruiting and quotas at Stern (undergrad).


So while Stern is a target that is recruited by the <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr>, <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr>, and <abbr title="elite boutique">EB</abbr> banks, from my understanding the majority of students...

+1MIT Sloan MBA Social Life


Hi everybody, I am really excited that I got accepted to MIT Sloan <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> program, among other good B-schools (MIT Sloan is my top choice). I am just a bit worried about my fit in the school (I have had no chance to...

+1MSF: SMU vs. Rochester


Rochester has offered me 60% scholarship and SMU is re-assessing my application for scholarship after I asked them to match up the offer. I am an international student and want to enter the <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or <abbr title="asset...

+1Best resources for GMAT quant section? (41st % first take)


Just took the first GMAT practice test you get when registered, and only got 41st percentile for quant (40). I don't feel that I need to prep verbal (47). So what is the best resource for the quant section? I am a mathematics major so the machinery is in place, so to speak, just need a book...

+1Engineer that wants to get an MBA and transition into Management Consulting


Hi all, I am currently a junior at a top 3 public university (think Berkeley, UCLA, UMich) studying Electrical Engineering with a long term goal of getting into consulting (MBB). I unfortunately struck out this year for consulting internships. I will be interning at Intel this summer...

+1Advice needed: Corporate Development (F500) to MBA


**Context**: I currently work in firm/corporate strategy at a top <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> (GS/MS) and deciding between multiple Corporate Development role offers at F500 financial services firms (think Paypal/Visa/Square). My long term goal is to apply to a...

+1Undergrad MBB to Business School question: Does M7 really matter?


Hey everyone! I have a question. I'm incoming at <abbr title="McKinsey, Bain and BCG">MBB</abbr> in Dallas this year, and my company has reached out and let us know that they're willing to pay for us to prepare for and take the GMAT. They have a program where...

+1CASS , MSc Management


Hello guys, I was wondering what your opinion Cass Business School is? Maybe you know some graduates from there? What do they do now? I have an offer for MSc Management from them but it would be great to hear what you think of the school? ( I have also applied for other universities...

+1Undergrad - Syracuse, Maryland and Ohio State - Best all around??


I would love to get feedback on the reputations of the undergrad business programs at University of Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse. I'm not sure if <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> is going...

+1Undergrad Business - OSU (Fisher) or UMD (Smith) or Syracuse (Whitman) - Realistic rank?


I would love to get feedback on the reputations of the undergrad business programs at University of Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse. I'm not sure if <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> is going...

+1Undergrad Business - OSU (Fisher) or UMD (Smith) or Syracuse (Whitman)


I would love to get feedback on the reputations of the undergrad business programs at University of Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse. I'm not sure if <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> is going...

+1MSc in Finance: LSE, Bocconi, HEC or SSE?


Hello guys! I am applying to some MSc in Finance programs to start in September 2019 and I believe I could use your help to make a better final decision. My profile: BSc in Management at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon, Portugal) Exchange: Korea University Business...

+1HES vs State Schools vs Community College


I fully understand Harvard Extension is a non-target and completely meaningless to get a top job. Infact I am assuming it likely will hurt your chances versus any random state school. Is this a safe assumption? How does Harvard Extension actually rank after decent state schools like UCLA or U...

+1What to do? Stuck in my Job


Hey Guys, I'm in a jam and in need of serious help/mentor-ship It seems my career in Finance has come to and end. This all began when my offer to Lazard got rescinded in 2009-2010 during the financial crisis. After I lost that gig, I didn't have any internships to take on and no...

+1Choosing UG Schools to push for (Graduate HS 2020)


**Please don't hate on me for being legitimately interested in a field that you regret going into. I don't care if "HiGH skOOL iS ToO EArlY" to decide. I know I won't have a lot of free time. I already don't and it's taken up by things I want to pursue, and one...

+1Oxford MFE vs. MIT MFin


I have seen the discussion before on this topic, but would like updated thoughts on this. Particular questions: 1. Reputation of Oxford vs. MIT worldwide. Any difference in brands? 2. Difference between Master's in Finance vs. Financial Economics. Are both seen as practical finance...

+1What Colleges Should I Apply To?


I feel like I wouldn't be able to get into the target schools only gettings a 1070 on the SAT... and College deadlines are approaching so far I've applied too Miami U,Drexel, Indiana U ,PSU, MSU, FSU, Temple, Baruch and I was wondering if there's any other schools I should try...

+1Is target MSc Finance still possible in my situation? (Bocconi, HEC, LSE, HSG....)


Hello everyone :) My profile: - 22 years old student from a small, poor European country (but non EU!) - I will graduate with a 2:1 degree from a top 5 university in the German speaking area (German GPA 2.2/5 - but I am still in the top 10% of my cohort, US equivalent I guess 3.2/3.3 out of...

+1LSE/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 <abbr title="London School of Economics">LSE</abbr> or Imperial considering the brand name, courses, and the...

+1Undergrad - IU VS University Richmond VS Ohio State VS Drexel


Hey Everyone, I need help choosing which college will help me in order to gain a job in an investment company, as at this moment in time it is what I’m leaning towards the most. I have shortlisted it to these colleges: IU- I did not get Kelley( the business school) directly however I...

+1Richard Ivey US Recruit


Hey <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I know this topic has been brought up many times but I can't seem to find a definitive answer on the current situation between Ivey and US <abbr title="bulge brackets">BBs</abbr> and <abbr...

+1Boston University vs Georgetown for Undergrad


I'm an athlete that's being recruited to both of these schools. I've visited both but I'm having trouble deciding which school to commit to, if you've attended either of these schools, I would appreciate getting your opinion. The deciding factors for me are...

+1Tepper MBA this year or go next year 1Y program


After finally getting accepted in Round 3, I am pumped but not sure how good the Tepper <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> is for consulting. I love the program but street cred is important to me and I wanted to get opinions on Tepper’s reputation...

+1Best MSc Finance programs in UK / Europe


Hello, I am from India and I have an Engineering degree with 2 years of work exp. I am looking to get into Finance industry, specially into Hedge funds. I checked the MSc finance ranking on <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr>.com. Most of these schools are...

+1Difference between a MiM and Ms in Finance


Hi, basically, by reading the title, some of you might wonder why I'm asking this question that can sound stupid or easy to answer. I've googled this question and I couldn't find an answer here or on any other websites. While browsing through a few career development...

03 yeasr work experience in big 4, Ms finance or MBA? could you please give me some advice?


Hi everyone, I happened to know this website when I searched the key word Hec Paris on google, I find it vey useful, and everyone here is very nice and helpful. I am now working at KPMG audit and seeking for a change in career, here is my concern: Myself: 2 years in KPMG ShangHai ofs and 1...

0MSc Finance of Imperial or Master in Finance of ESSEC ?


The question is simple. I've been admitted to these 2 Masters. I speak french and english so working in London or Paris is not a problem for me.

0Yale Law and Harvard MBA at the same time


Forget everything about HBS guys having MAD SWAGGER.. [this guy has to take the cake]( for the most prestigious academic background of all time. I can't even imagine what it's like for him to walk around wearing yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and HBS swag...

0Booth vs. Columbia for MBA


I was fortunate enough to be offered admission to both CBS and Booth in Round I. Neither school offered any merit funding, but my understanding is that CBS gives out the majority of its merit packages in February. I am now struggling to decide between the two schools. While Booth is ranked...

0Chances for Master's in Finance Programs


Hey all, With application deadlines coming up and anxiety settling in, I figured I'd try and get an outside perspective on my applications to: -MIT MFin -Oxford MFE -LBS MFA -LSE MSc Finance -Vanderbilt <abbr title="Masters in Finance">MSF</abbr> -Imperial...

0Got accepted to a T-15 school with 2 years FT experience at matriculation for MBA


Currently work at F-500 bank in the USA, but accepted to move to my SO in EU and get my <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> at a T-15 school. How much of a disadvantage will it be for me post-MBA? The school is an accelerated program, so only one...

0Which universities should I apply to?


Hi, So this is the list of my universities and I can apply to upto 6 universities. Which ones are the best for me to have a good shot working at a <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> or a Boutique Investment Bank? Carnegie Mellon University University of...

0Undergrad: Will UChicago give me more opportunities than Michigan (Ross)?


Ross seems fun, where a strong GPA is somewhat assured, with defined paths to great jobs. Yet everyone is telling me to go to Chicago. I'm surprised I got into Chicago, safe assumption my GPA isn't going to be stellar, but maybe the Chicago brand is worth that downside? And while not...

0Duke/Georgetown MSB/NYU Stern College choices


Hi,Help! Our high school senior son just got accepted to Duke undergrad, Georgetown MSB, NYU Stern.He wants to go into <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>/Finance. Which college would be the best choice for him as far as internship/recruitment on campus and job...

0How screwed am I if I attend the University of Alabama?


Okay, so I'm a high school senior from a lower middle-class background who's been waitlisted/rejected from about 10 or so targets/semi-targets. Going into the college application process, I thought I had a real shot at most of them (I have a 35 on the ACT, decent ECS) but I think I was...

0Search fund/ Entrepreneurship through acquisition


Context: Career switcher (military) with a bias to return to Texas, but want to go the search fund/EtA route out of the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> program. Does school matter beyond a certain point for this? I say this as I have a...

0MBA Schools with least partying


Coming up with a list of schools I'm applying to - one of the things I'm not so keen on with the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> is the party culture (just a personal preference really, not a diss). I know school cultures vary, and...

0If your GPA is less than a 2.5, what is your ceiling in regards to MBA admissions?


If you graduated undergrad with a GPA in the 2.0 to 2.5 range (since they require a 2.0 at most schools to even graduate) and it took to you longer than the 4 year span to graduate, what is your <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> ceiling in most...

0University of Alabama


I'm going to UA next year and I was wondering if anyone knows how Alabama's investment banking academy places for investment banking? Also, how many people from Alabama's graduating classes usually make it to Wall Street out of college?

0The Waterloo CS Advantage


This one is for the Canadian monkeys still in high school. It's coming from a Canadian perspective and focuses on Canadian schools. I'm about to graduate from Waterloo computer science and start full-time at a large hedge fund in the United States. Looking back, I distilled the...

0Indian/Chinese vs. Indian/Chinese American applying to b-schools


Question for the forum. I always read that Indian and Chinese applicants face much tougher odds of getting into a top 5 or 10 business school but I'm curious what they are for Indian/Chinese Americans (people who were born in China or India but are now citizens in the US and lived here for...

0What do you guys think about Northeastern University?


I am currently attending Northeastern University in their International Business program with a concentration in Finance (just finished freshman year). I am hoping to get into investment banking upon graduation and I was wondering how hard/what kind of chance I had of getting into investment...

0MSc: LSE (Management), Imperial College (ESB) or LBS (MiM)?


Greetings As of now, I hold offers from <abbr title="London School of Economics ">LSE</abbr> (MSc Management) and Imperial College (Economics and Strategy for Business). I am also waiting for a reply from <abbr title="London Business...

0Undergrad: SMU or Tulane


Hey everyone, I recently posted here about picking an undergrad school but because of various factors such as size, location, cost, etc. I have narrowed it down to Tulane and SMU. (I am on the waiting list at Rice and will attend there if I am admitted but I still have to pick another school to...

0What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):


The main takeaways are either headers or in bold. <h3>If you get accepted to multiple top 10-15 schools, take “prestige” out of the equation.</h3> 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...