Profile Evaluation - MSc Finance

Hi All,

I know that you probably got tired of all the posts around here but I've felt the need to post it here so I can realistically apply to the schools on my list. I'm going to apply schools both in the US and Europe.

Background

  • 23-year-old male from Turkey, graduated in August 2021 from Northeastern University (USA), currently working as a financial analyst in a bank. My work visa will expire in 9 months so one of the reasons why I want to do masters is to get visa as well.

Schools

  • UK: LSE MSc Accounting Finance, LBS MFA, Imperial MSc WM, Imperial MSc Accounting & Finance
  • EU: ESSEC, Bocconi, ESADE, INSEAD (all MSc Finance and maybe MiM)
  • NA: Northeastern MSc Quantitive Finance, GW MSc Finance, McGill MSc Finance

GMAT

  • 700: Q48, V38

Work Experience

  • My first internship was in a small wealth management boutique in San Francisco for 6 months. Full time.
  • Second internship was with international asset management company and I'WFH during internship. It was full time 6 months as well. 
  • Working as a full-time analyst now

Education

  • My first university was Stony Brook University. I studied there 2 years and had 3.70ish GPA.
  • I transferred over Northeastern University and finished my Bachelor's degree there. I had 3.26 GPA from Northeastern University.

I know my GPA is very low for these schools and my reasoning maybe isn't the best but at this point I need a change of pace so I thought masters would be a great idea. I'm aware I really need to ace my essays because of low GPA. Most of these schools are reach for me but I'd honestly still apply for it and see what comes out of it. What other schools should I apply? Any feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Comments (5)

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Jan 4, 2022 - 7:49am
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Out of the schools you mentioned it would go as follows:

First, accounting and finance is seen as lower than a traditional MSc in Finance but here it is:

LBS MF>>>>LSE Msc Accounting & Finance >ESSEC MiM > McGill MSc in Finance/GW/Northeastern (it would open the Canadian & American market) >> Insead MiM > Bocconi MiM > Imperial Msc Accounting & Finance >> Imperial MSc WM >> ESADE MiM

This would be howI would frame it. LBS MFA being by far the strongest option but also the hardest to get into.

Jan 4, 2022 - 7:55am
Clouzyn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the feedback. I'm aware Acc&Finance isn't strong picked as MSc Finance but it is less competitive. I know I won't be able to get into most MSc Finance programs with my GPA so it's either MiM or Acc&Finance. 

Jan 4, 2022 - 8:49am
SLB00, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You'll really struggle with the UK schools with that GPA unfortunately. Might do better avoiding the UK altogether as they have quite an arbitrary cut-off, normally at 3.3 GPA as an absolute minimum and 3.7/3.8 for some courses/unis - particularly Imperial.

Jan 4, 2022 - 9:06am
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No, imperial business masters do not require as high grades as their bachelor degrees. They are relatively easy to enter except one or two that are their flagship programs (Msc Economics and Strategy for business and to a lower extent MSc in Finance). 

Jan 4, 2022 - 9:18am
Clouzyn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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