SMU, ASU, Utah or UC Irvine for MSF, and will this plan work?
Currently working at a small real estate company in an analyst role (mainly acquisitions/dispositions), would like to jump into IB (if I can) or real estate private equity.
Considering Arizona State, UC Irvine, Utah, and SMU for my MSF (I applied to UT Austin but haven't heard back yet), thoughts on these schools? I would be applying to a higher tier of schools but I have a non-quant 2.9 undergrad degree with a 700 gmat.
I'm leaning towards SMU, as it's part time and I would be able to land a summer internship in between semesters. ASU would be my top choice (it's ranked higher) but it's full time which limits my options for work/internships. Am I likely to land a SA role with at least a boutique firm through this program?
If I can't make the jump to IB I would stick to real estate and try to get an MBA from a top 20 school down the road.