LSE vs. HEC Paris
I received offers for both the MSc Finance at LSE and the MSc Finance at HEC Paris. I am really having a hard time deciding which one to confirm... at the moment, slightly leaning towards HEC Paris.
Here are some of my thoughts...
> Pro HEC
- ranked n1 BS in Europe by FT (2 years on a row)
- a real business school, not a university like LSE
- placement should be fine, based on their salary statistics (http://www.hec.edu/MSc-in-Finance/Employment)
- small class size, about 20-30 people in MSc Finance, but you attend the core courses together with the Grande Ecole Degree students, electives in small groupes
- would be able to improve my french
- less expensive
> Con HEC
- are they famous within the financial sector? Do they even have a brand name in the industry??
- no idea about the prestige/acceptance rates for the MSc in Finance, HEC itself said that this is one of their most selective programs, but they couldn't give me any figures...
> Pro LSE
- not really highly ranked by FT, but seems to have a pretty good brand name (certainly in Europe)
- famous about it's placing records
- everyone says the acceptance rates are extremely low at LSE, making it extremely prestegious (is this true? any estimates?)
- nice location
> Con LSE
- class size of 60 people for Msc Finance, a bit high if you ask me.
- much more academic, less pragmatic (?)
- no business school, but uni
What do you guys think? Don't hesitate to disagree with some things mentioned above...
Thanks in advance for your help!