Vanderbilt (Owen Grad School) MSF program for IB

Hi all, 

I want to pursue a career in IB in the South. 

I am a first-year senior at a non-target undergrad school in Florida. My major with finance with a concentration on investment analysis (3.65 GPA). I will graduate in May 2023.

My background: (I graduated from a high school in Boston in 2015 as an immigrant from a Southeast Asian Country.) I stopped going to school for a couple of years, moved to Florida in 2017, and managed a business of 15 headcounts. I bought my business, fixed it up, hired 5 employees, ran it for four months, and sold it for a premium during my junior year. - The decision was made because I want to be an Investment Banker Analyst.

I have always wanted to work in Banking since I was little, but my financial family background was holding me back; I am always trying to find a way to make my dream come true. 

After I sold my business, I interned at an option startup company for 6 months while serving as the Investment Associate in a deal team at our University Student Investment Club. I led my team to win the competition. I am also involved in a Student Fund as an Analyst, where I evaluate and pitch stock and manage up $1.5 Mill Fund (We won the pitch.)

Last summer, I interned at a Fortune 400 company ( Middle Market Financial Institution). I interned in the Wealth Solutions team (Mutual Fund & ETF ...). I was in meetings with the Counterparties Executives also every day during my internship. Although it was a cool experience, I still want to pursue IB

I found that most of the IB analysts who were recently hired by those firms around my area are from Owen Grad School. 

I really want to get into this MSF program to get a higher education and a better chance to get into IB; however, my Asian accent is still relatively heavy, which I think will be hard to compete with other candidates. 

My concerns:

  1. I do not know if I qualify to waive all the GMAT and Stuff.
  2. I would love to know what will help a senior undergrad with many non-IB experiences like me get into Owen Grad school and a job in IB.

Comments (15)

rightdecision, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I appreciated your instant advice. I am taking 5 classes and about to intern for a fall supervision role at the Fortune 400 company that I interned last summer. + I am continue to serve at the Investment Associate where I spend at least 15 hrs a week. ( evaluate companies, create memos, & slide decks).

I am curious how much time it takes to prepare for the GMAT. I don't want to screw up my GPA and everything since I feel overloaded. (I just want to tell my current situation and get everyone's advice)

Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You should also consider MIT and Princeton MSF programs. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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rightdecision, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for giving me some suggestions. A school like MIT is my dream. I do not know if I can make it or not, but I will apply. I used to live in Boston for four years. And MIT campus is like heaven to me. 

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rightdecision, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you! I just noticed from the Vanderbilt admission that I got my GMAT/GRE waived. 

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rightdecision, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got rejected. It is painful. One day, I'll give a lecture at their school.

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Sorry to hear. I hope you got accepted to another great school! Your stats are impressive.

I am applying to round 4 for Vandy's MSF. Do you mind if I private message you?

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