MSc Finance in Europe - Profile Evaluation

Hey folks,

I'm a 23yo white guy currently working as an investment banking analyst at an EU country in the Balkans (dual EU/US citizen), and looking to pivot to London. Hoping to achieve this through getting accepted into a target MSF program. Aiming for LSE/LBS/Oxford/Imperial/HEC Paris/Bocconi. Without further ado, here's my rough profile:

  1. Degree: BSc in Finance at a US-accredited school that's well-regarded in my country, but non-target internationally (GPA: 4.0/4.0 - Valedictorian).
  2. GMAT: Currently studying for it, attending a prep center and everything, aiming for 700+.
  3. Extracurriculars (if they even matter at this point): President of the finance student body, uni-sponsored academic tutor, leadership position at my school's investment club, dabble in some interesting hobbies as well (e.g. martial arts).
  4. Work Experience: 1 year and 6 months as an IB analyst (generalist group) at the largest boutique in my country (no BB/EB offices to speak of around here). We're a relatively small team, so I've had decent deal exposure across everything from M&A to ECM/DCM and restructuring. Also do a lot of fairness opinions, so modeling/valuation skills are solid.

Given my work schedule, I figure it'll take me at least until spring to reach my desired GMAT score, so I'll probably be applying next cycle, in September 2023. What do you guys think my chances of getting into these programs are? I'm a bit worried at my lack of brand-name credentials and "experienced" profile, as opposed to the target demographic of fresh grads for most programs barring LBS (I'll have 2+ years of full-time experience by the time I apply, and 3+ upon matriculation). Even if I do get in someplace, how realistic would shooting for analyst positions be? I'd rather not grind it out and go for an MBA several years down the line.

Would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks guys!

Comments (7)

Nov 21, 2022 - 9:11am
Boib21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey, directly drop Imperial two levels below the others. I would go to LBS in priority (easiest and best career service team). Good luck!

Nov 23, 2022 - 9:57am
InterestedParty99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Curious...is this a reputational issue or based upon something else for Imperial?  I'm genuinely curious given their flagship MSF "seems" to place well - https://readymag.com/u12716864/Finance-masters/10/

I know they are not publishing salary data like LBS and I know they have a 5 masters in the finance grouping with different focus areas: https://readymag.com/u12716864/Finance-masters/  so they have about 200+ students graduating but wondering what is your assessment based upon?

Nov 23, 2022 - 1:49pm
Boib21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Imperial business school is new with far less alumni than any of the school mentioned. Ok, you can have the imperial brand but no sure someone from engineering will connect the same with someone that graduated business (as the business school is much less selective especially for masters)!

Nov 23, 2022 - 4:35pm
InterestedParty99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From what I read it says established in 2004 with 22k alumni. I know the business school spans multiple disciplines so is it the fact the Finance area hasn't gotten traction in the finance industry? Regardless it is hard to compete against the other schools on the list. So in some ways this is a safety if you want London?

Nov 23, 2022 - 4:42pm
Boib21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From the schools you mentioned it is a safety but a good school nonetheless (I mean we are comparing between excellent schools) :)

Nov 22, 2022 - 7:04pm
optiver_guy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Plese check the requirements, l know that some wants max 2y of experience so check it out before passing the threshold!

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