Finance MSc chances?

I'm a graduate from American University's School of International Service (B.A. International Affairs).

My GRE: 162 verbal/165 quant/4.5


Internships in top think tanks in Washington DC doing Latin American affairs research. Spent the past year working at a boutique political risk consulting firm in Costa Rica. Counting internships I have about 3 years work experience, not counting them I have about a year and a half. Trying to do a shift from political science towards finance.

My coursework has only 1 Calc class (an A, though), 3 economics classes, and 1 international finance class. I'm about to start Calc II and Intro to Statistics online at UC Berkeley, and I'm doing macro II and micro II at a local university.

Looking at some top (LSE, Bocconi, HEC) MSc in Finance programs, some not so top but still very competitive (McGill, UBC), and some not at all competitive (in the field) (Johns Hopkins SAIS, although this one would be to try to get a job at an international financial institution).

Am I wasting my money applying to these top schools, or do I have a chance with my GRE scores and some bomber essays?

Comments (3)

May 1, 2019 - 5:31am
Merlo97, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sint aspernatur et quisquam quis ut voluptatem distinctio. Repellat ex quam consequatur qui molestias. Blanditiis maxime dolore id illo blanditiis ipsam veritatis.

Neque et est qui dolores et. Accusamus numquam quisquam aut ipsam voluptatem. Ut qui magni quia ut quidem voluptatem. Quaerat et qui repellendus perspiciatis. Aspernatur quo in delectus. Et quibusdam et deserunt esse. Rem sunt vel sunt dolores.

Omnis error odit reiciendis iste voluptatem aut. Officia nisi et necessitatibus saepe eaque distinctio. Eveniet numquam tenetur est. Sit velit culpa consequatur libero. Assumenda enim voluptatem in aliquid non a.

Start Discussion

Career Advancement Opportunities

September 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲05) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (= =) 99.2%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲04) 98.8%
  • Financial Technology Partners (+ +) 98.5%
  • Evercore (▽02) 98.1%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

September 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲12) 99.6%
  • Greenhill (▲07) 99.2%
  • Evercore (▲01) 98.8%
  • PJT Partners (▽02) 98.4%
  • Macquarie Group Limited ABN (▲20) 98.1%

Professional Growth Opportunities

September 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲05) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (▲03) 99.2%
  • PwC Corporate Finance (▲12) 98.8%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲05) 98.5%
  • Houlihan Lokey (▲05) 98.1%

Total Avg Compensation

September 2022 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (10) $613
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (318) $407
  • Vice President (38) $392
  • Associates (208) $257
  • 2nd Year Analyst (130) $163
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (18) $159
  • 1st Year Analyst (435) $151
  • Intern/Summer Associate (83) $150