I am applying for MS Finance programs across the US. Do the 1 year programs even have a shot at getting me into investment banking considering there is no room for a summer internship?

Hi. I am an international student applying to MS Finance programs in the US with the hopes of breaking into IB. My undergrad GPA is 3.05 (I also have a professional degree equivalent of that of a US CPA and is more rigorous) and I have a GMAT of 750 (Q50, V42). I have worked in Corporate Finance for around 1.5 years where I have some transactions experience. Currently I have an admit from UIUC (which is my safe school) although I am pretty positive about hearing back from UT Austin. Also awaiting USC and GaTech. Even though the program is more quantitative I have applied to Georgia Tech's QCF program as well, since I find the math and programming interesting, purely from an academic POV. Based on my research UTA, USC seem to have the best odds out of this lot. Even some GaTech alumni have got into BB and EB IB. I am worried that if I take the UTA program, which is 10 months, there is no scope for a summer internship as the program finishes in spring. I am worried that this considerably lessens my chances of IB recruiting. I had the same problem with Vandy before they gave me a ding. Any thoughts?

Not in IB but did an MSF from a good school. Internships aren’t constrained to just the summer. You can try for an internship for the summer before your program starts. You can also do internships during your program (I did this). If you grind through networking, that leaves you with a summer, fall, and spring internship.

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