Profile evaluation for Master in Finance please

Hi guys, I just finished my undergrad and aiming a Master in Finance program in Europe or US. My biggest goal is entering BB IB (Europe, US, HK, Singapore).  I can speak Mandarin and little bit German (A2~B1)


Undergrad: Top 20 in Asia (according to QS)

GPA: 3.6/4.0

GMAT: 700

Internship: 4 (start-up, audit, s&t, corporate banking)

Extracurricular: equity research team mentor in club, 6 months exchange in Germany

Given my background, I picked some dream school I would like to apply

  1. LBS

  2. St. Gallen

  3. Bocconi

  4. Imperial

  5. WHU

  6. FSFM

  7. Olin

  8. McCombs

  9. Marshall

  10. John Hopkins

These are all fantastic school for me, but I would like to narrow to 5 schools since I don't have much time to prepare and have a budget on admission fee.

Can someone help me narrow down the list based on my profile (not qualify enough etc.)? 

Thanks a lot!

Comments (14)

Aug 15, 2021 - 10:53am
ShaggyAba, what's your opinion? Comment below:

About that, based on my profile I feel that applying MIT is a waste of money since it's too prestige.

Also, I heard that Vanderbilt doesn't accept much international students (only 12%)

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 7:53pm

GRE isn't required for some schools this year (due to the pandemic), so if you are basing that assumption on your GRE score, you might still be a good candidate for the other schools

  • Consultant in Consulting
Aug 22, 2021 - 7:36pm

Untrue, what AN2 said, I believe OP has a great shot at LBS.

His stats would be an issue for Oxbridge, Princeton, MIT only, and maybe LSE.

OP I would also narrow down where you want to work and target programs in this geography.

  • Business School in IB-M&A
Aug 31, 2021 - 8:09am

Go to WHU no doubt if choosing to study in DACH region. WHU students gets placed well in IB and PE in DACH and also in London.

Sep 13, 2021 - 8:51am
hq_life, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am just now looking at this topic. Will like to clear out that LBS with no work experience (0-2) has MFA degree (Masters in Financial Analysis) not MFIN (3+ exp). In this case the profile has a decent shot at LBS, but not as easy as everyone seems to make it out to be. Might as well give LSE a shot while you are at it. 
Given your profile - I would ignore everything 4 down (Imperial, WHU, FSFM...). JHU is also a cash cow (attracts a lot of asians but the program is not worth it). I would say for U.S. apply to Vandy only. U.K apply to LBS/LSE. Rest of Europe - HEC-Paris, St. Gallen, IE. 

BTW - Hec-Paris can be contested to have the best MFIN program is Europe (Debatable) and places well in U.K. Your profile would be a good shot at it. Its a better school than St. Gallen and Bocconi. These two schools are also known as mostly "regional" European schools. While a great program, their MFIN program only places within the country and not much in U.K as compared to HEC. Plus you better have some regional language learned!

Good Luck!

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Sep 13, 2021 - 9:18pm
hutcointraders, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Curious why you say drop everything other than Vanderbilt? Mainly an issue of where to target as an intl student or? 

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Sep 14, 2021 - 12:31pm
hq_life, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Masters in any business related field (MiM, Finance) are much more acceptable within Europe. Which is why you see the likes to LBS (MFA, MFIN), LSE, Oxbridge (MFE), Bocconi, HEC-Paris, St gallen, IE, are far better schools than any U.S. school with the exception of MIT/Vandy (only in the aspect of masters in finance/management). U.S. is more so known for the MBA degree. Thats why if you want Masters - Europe is a better place (pre-exp degree), you want an MBA  - U.S. is a better place. Only some European Schools can compete with an American MBA (Looking at you LBS, INSEAD, HEC, IESE). 

Now to answer your question - From the above list (Only U.S. schools) Vandy is the only one that can give you amazing results. McCombs is another school that has a great program, but they have yet to really take off. Marshall/JHU/Olin are not worth it. You might as well look for a job with your Bachelors or go for an MBA and re-route. 
For European Schools - This candidate has much better stats (3.6 GPA/700 GMAT) to even worry about anything 4 and below. It would just be a waste of time and given its an international student - your job opportunities will be really limited. 

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Jan 18, 2022 - 11:50am
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