Masters choice after undergrad degree in Finance at McGill

Hi everybody,

I have a few questions regarding my choices for Masters degree. I'm a 20 year-old french student and I am about to graduate from McGill with a bachelor of commerce, major in Finance. My initial plan was taking 1.5 year off to do long-term internships, get work experience in several finance fields and then apply to grad school in September 2022 but considering the current situation, I am struggling to get an internship right now so it might be hard to find three before Fall 2022. I am now considering applying to Masters in Finance at business schools in France (HEC, ESSEC, ESCP) and University of St Gallen for next Fall (2021). The latter seems to be a good trade-off considering the reputation of the master and the relatively cheap cost but after reading a lot of reviews about St Gallen, it seems to receive mix judgements, especially for non-German speaking students. What do you guys think about these schools, what would be the best choice ?

Thank you !

Comments (5)

frozen assets, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm a Canadian student as well - I know McGill isn't as much of a target for finance positions as a Queens or Ivey, but its still very strong compared to most schools throughout the country (arguably the third best).  If you weren't able to land something from there, what makes you think an Msc/MFIN will help?  Not trying to be rude but just want to get a better idea of your situation

  • Intern in IB - Gen

Not OP, but McGill is a semi/non-target (3rd in Canada doesn't mean much) while schools like HEC and St Gallen are actual targets. They're much stronger than McGill and therefore place much better. So it would make sense for OP to go do a Masters at a top school, which will certainly make his internship search easier 

frozen assets, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sorry, I meant within Canada.  Not familiar at all with the US recruiting scene but here McGill places incredibly well among our big 5 and top boutiques.

  • Intern in IB - Gen

Yeah sorry, I went a bit hard in my reply. OP is French so he's looking for French/European target schools, and the schools he listed make a lot of sense for him. McGill may be good for Canada but unfortunately doesn't carry much weight in Europe

frozen assets, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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