Moderate GPA and GMAT what are my chances at Msc. Finance Program

Hi all, 

Here my profile desperate for your advice:

  • Male, 26 yrs old, coming from a SEA country

  • Background: Bachelor in Econ - GPA: 3,18/4

  • GMAT: 660 (Q50,V30) really messed up the verbal session but i'm on a time constraint so retaking isnt an option

  • Passed CFA level 1 

  • 1.5+ yrs of relevant working experience includes: 6 months in a fintech startup, 3 month back office internship at a fund, 1 year as investment analyst

My target program: Mfin @ Bocconi, ESSEC (looking at the class profile, my chance is kinda slim :< ), Dauphine

Can you guys give me some inputs ? Really appreciated.

Many thanks in advance,

Comments (8)

Jan 18, 2022 - 6:20pm

You definitely have a shot at those.
Your "low" GMAT is compensated by your experience and CFA Level 1.

Now work on your "Why doing a MSc when you can already work in the industry and have started the CFA?" motive, they'll ask you about it.
Good luck with your applications!

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Jan 25, 2022 - 4:41am

Right, to get in Dauphine is the easiest part. Getting the right Master is a different story. The best program there is called the Master 225 (Corporate Finance & Financial Engineering). This is your best way for Investment Banking in Paris.

Now keep in mind the french culture in IB is a bit special, they don't hire foreigners unless they have a pristine level of french. French culture is really about all the little quirks and small jokes and implicit language in the office, unlike in London it's a lot more secluded.

You could still try and apply to London positions with Dauphine, but Essec might give you a better shot at that. It's a lot more expensive and probably not worth it if you can make it to Dauphine 225. I also heard that Dauphine is a lot more demanding than ESSEC, but I might be wrong on that.

You light want to check this link :

Jan 25, 2022 - 5:08am

In fact i'm considering the 225 as well as the 203. How do ppl in EU view the 203? 

Tho I do not breath french, but I'm kinda understand ppl speaking and its nuance quite well and keen on improving it.

Jan 25, 2022 - 7:44am

I have no idea about the 203.

I think both 225 and 203 and regarded the same in Europe, it's more of a French thing where people know what the 225 signifies or not. However Dauphine is a great brand for Finance in Europe, at least the only « free » university in France that grants you access to IB.

Here is the link for 203 :

Jan 26, 2022 - 1:12am

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