MSF from a Engineering Background..what's the best program ?

I graduated as a civil engineer and have been working as one for almost 2 years, I honestly find the work not very satisfactory and decided to find out what I really want to do. I took some certification courses and modeling courses related to RE fin. and found them to be very interesting.

I have been looking at different options to make that switch to the RE fin./ learn more about the other avenues in finance. What MSF program would make sense for me to go into/ have a real chance of getting into it given that I have no real finance skills on my transcripts ?

I am thinking of applying to get admitted for fall 2023 and probably will be round 3 or 4 for most programs, which is not ideal given my background.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on it, thanks

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Nov 21, 2022 - 5:55pm
redraidermustang, what's your opinion? Comment below:

MIT is by far the top tier in the states, with Vanderbilt behind them and then a handful of schools in a distant third tier after that. 

For the tier below Vanderbilt, what ends up mattering a little more in my opinion is the alumni engagement of the school vs. the academic ranking of the program per se. I.e. I went and got an MSF from a school who's MSF-specific recruiting was absolutely garbage, BUT places really really well within other programs (Undergrad and MBA) and thus there were a lot of alums at the places I wanted to work that with a little bit of leg work I was able to get myself into recruitment flows. For this tier, I would focus on school's who have a reputation for placing well in the specific industry you want to work in. I'm not in real estate so can't opine there, but a little digging and you should be able to find what you're looking for. 

This 3rd/4th tier of MSF programs that kind of fit into this category (not exhaustive and please don't come at me if you disagree, just my opinion): UTexas, Tulane, Villanova, USC, SMU, Illinois, Minnesota.....there's also a new-ish program at UVa for non-business majors...I think it's a Masters in Commerce and you can specialize in Finance? That obviously garners you access to the UVa pipeline which is great. 

Hope this helps! 

Nov 21, 2022 - 9:57pm
thisiscrazy_2020, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The above comment is really good as far as a general understanding of the landscape so would echo what he said above. Will say that depending on your background a lot of low-mid MSF programs that are heavily international will give you a substantial scholarship if not a full ride. I ended up choosing to attend a slightly worse program so I wouldn't have to pay tuition but everyone has different criteria. Also, MSFHQ is a decent place to get a grasp of programs as well as it has some reviews that help you get a decent understanding of the overall landscape.

Nov 22, 2022 - 12:30am
_navyisland, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you had to pick one that was relatively easy to get in, which one would you recommend?, I am trying to figure out a safety school to apply to 

Thanks for you help

Nov 22, 2022 - 6:04pm
thisiscrazy_2020, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hard to say as I dont know your profile but I think the list above of 3rd/4th tier schools is pretty good. can add BU, JHU, Georgetown to the list above in my mind as well.

Nov 22, 2022 - 7:02am
PoorYorick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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