I started another thread on this board three or four days ago...and it essentially turned into a discussion about the best non-mba business-relevant masters programs...and i wanted to get as many opinions as possible on the subject, so i thought i'd post the question as a seperate thread...
here's (the shortened version of) my story:
i am 23. i just graduated from a small non-target (albeit, prestigious) liberal arts school in the midwest. i majored in history. i had a 3.3 gpa. i played varsity football. most of my work experience to date consists of tutoring at public schools. i got into a lot of great schools out of high school (northwestern, michigan, etc.). i chose the school i chose because i wanted personal attention from professors. i was raised by simple blue-collar parents in a small midwestern town, so i didn't know much about finance (i didn't even know what private equity was until my fourth year of school!).
i chose to major in history because i wanted to be a high school teacher/football coach. but, after a while, i started looking into educational administration...which led to me looking into management consulting firms that hired educational administrators...which led me into the broader world of finance professions. it was too late for me to switch majors once i realized that i wanted to go into finance/private equity. so now, i am reaching out to alumnis in private equity firms, investment banks, and private equity firms to get some intial experience...and...i am looking for non-mba masters programs that might help me land a relevant job offer from an investment bank, management consulting firm, or private equity firm.
my end goal is to end up as a partner at a private equity firm (and then to maybe be a b-school professor). i'm well aware that i am way behind the curve in accomplishing such a goal...but...i just turned 23, so i don't think that all hope is quite lost yet. i think that if i get into the right masters program and do well there, i can get a starting position at a respected investment bank or management consulting firm (or if i am really lucky, at a private equity firm). then, if i do well there, after 3-5 years i can go and get my mba from a top school and start searching for partner track positions at a respected private equity firm.
...i'm looking for a program that will both give me the skills required for a starting position at an investment bank, management consulting firm, or private equity firm...and...give me a strong network of alumnis in the high-end finance world, particularly in private equity. the most promising programs that have been suggested to me thus far are...1a) Duke's masters in management science program...and...1b) Virginia's masters in commerce program.
i'd really, really appreciate any additional suggestions, or comments on the programs that i have already recieved word on. thank you very much in advance!