LBS MFA vs Oxford MFE

Hi all!

I am in the fortunate position of having been accepted in some of my top choices for graduate studies. I got a spot in the HEC MIF, Oxford MFE and LBS MFA. Technically, my dream program is the Yale Master's in Asset Management, but I will have to wait till April to know if they want me, so I will have to choose among the schools that have accepted me this winter.

HEC Paris is not an option anymore, as the period to confirm has expired (recruiter was not very happy I was considering other schools and lowkey disappeared on me... ok). So I am really just weighting my options here between LBS MFA and Oxford MFE. I would say I am not very interested in IB per se, my ideal career objective would be working in a big Asset Manager or Hedge Fund or Equity Research for two years and then move to the aforementioned career aspirations. 

I have a couple of internships down my belt in Corporate Strategy and Asset Management. For my background, I'm F22 and come from a verrrry non-target school in Italy + I'm the first in my family to go to Uni, so it's already surprising to me to have made it this far.

I have received some mixed feedback and a lot of trolling saying that Bocconi is better than Oxford and LBS (lol). I would love to hear your thoughts on this (especially from people who are working in the UK) to make a conscious decision for my future. 

Thank you in advance!

Comments (8)

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Dec 13, 2021 - 11:41am

I think your goals are very achievable from both programs, although Oxford's MFE is more academically rigorous hence probably a better fit for AM/HF in general (although depends on the strategies you want to target)

IMHO, if you ever get the opportunity to study at Oxford just go, incredible name and place

Dec 13, 2021 - 12:13pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey, congrats LBS MFA and Oxford MFE are two very strong degrees and can't go wrong with any. You will always find people that will tell you one is better than the other (and vice versa).

However, LBS will be more practice oriented than Oxford, which will be way more academic. It depends on you if you want to be more centrally located in London or be in a mystical (and world famous) university but in the countryside. 

Congrats on both, I mean recruiters will highly value both so don't worry on regards to that aspect. Pick one based on the experience you want to get! 

Best of luck, even if you don't need much now :-)

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Other
Dec 25, 2021 - 10:50pm

Congrats on your offers. I think the biggest differentiator between LBS and Ox is the type of experience you want to have. Both have fantastic placement and even though much of the MFA focuses on IB I have many peers who got into MM HF/AM/etc.

Ox will be a much more academic experience so if you truly want to learn and are ready for rigor id swing that way. LBS is (for lack of a better word) a much more fun school. It is extremely social and you are given the freedom to fully invest your time how you want (recruiting/social/academics). For me, this was a big deal but your priorities may be different.

Regardless, I'm going to name drop GAIN (Girls are investors or some shit) because it helped at least a few of my friends land really cool opps so definitely take a look next year.

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Mar 19, 2022 - 3:20pm

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