Bocconi Msc in Finance : Profile Evaluation and Advice

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Hello,

I am an Industrial Engineering Student in France and I would like to know what are the requirements for Bocconi University (Msc in Finance).
Profile :
- Non EU Citizen
- Languages: Arabic, French, English and Spanish (Intermediate Level)
- GPA : 27-28/30 (Italian GPA)
- Semester Abroad in the USA (SUNY BUFFALO) ( courses taken : Microeconomics, International Business, Culture and Business.... GPA:3,74/4)
- Lived in 3 Countries
- Volunteering work in a polling station
- French Dipome D'ingenieur in Industrial Engineering (The University in known in France but not that much in Europe, we still have double degree programs with top american Universities like Georgia Tech, Michigan , Winsconsin ...)
- 2 Internships ( 6 months in a leading aerospace company and 6 months in a leading cosmetics company)
- Founder and Co-Organizer of the first TEDx Event within my University
- Recommendation letter from the head of the Industrial Engineering department within my university

I am targeting at least 100 for the toefl and 320 -330 for the GRE (going to take the exam soon)

I would like to know if it's hard to get in Bocconi (Msc In finance) ?
Moreover, which school do you think would be best for me and how do you think my chances are of getting in?

Thanks

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Comments (37)

Feb 13, 2017

What's a "320 -330 for the GRE (going to take the exam soon)" in GMAT?

Feb 13, 2017

Hi Matrick,

It's between 680 and 730

Best Response
Feb 13, 2017

Definitely apply to Bocconi then. The higher your GMAT, the better obviously (if you're above 700, they will give you a merit scholarship, that covers the full first year tuition and also second if you maintain a certain GPA).

Besides that:

Profile :
- Non EU Citizen
- Languages: Arabic, French, English and Spanish (Intermediate Level)
- GPA : 27-28/30 (Italian GPA)
- Semester Abroad in the USA (SUNY BUFFALO) ( courses taken : Microeconomics, International Business, Culture and Business.... GPA:3,74/4)
- Lived in 3 Countries
- Volunteering work in a polling station
- French Dipome D'ingenieur in Industrial Engineering (The University in known in France but not that much in Europe, we still have double degree programs with top american Universities like Georgia Tech, Michigan , Winsconsin ...)
- 2 Internships ( 6 months in a leading aerospace company and 6 months in a leading cosmetics company)
- Founder and Co-Organizer of the first TEDx Event within my University
- Recommendation letter from the head of the Industrial Engineering department within my university

They don't care about not being a EU citizen. The language profile is interesting because may be more employable in London/outside Italy. GPA should be inline with expectations, semester abroad is decent. Lived in 3 countries, fits the rest of your profile. Bocconi likes engineering backgrounds that want to do finance, so you're good there, too. Internships don't matter to them for someone with your background. Recommendation letter looks good, but not sure if you will need two.

In summary, get a GMAT as close to or above 700 as possible, write an outstanding personal statement why you want to enroll in that program and how Bocconi will help you achieve your goals and make you the happiest person on the planet and you're in.

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Feb 13, 2017

Thank you for you time. I really appreciate

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Feb 13, 2017

Agree with everything Matrick has said, definitely apply to Bocconi. On my personal statement I spoke about my career goals in depth and that seemed to work well for all the schools I applied to. (eg. I want to work in PE ---> I am interested in PE because...---->I've spoken to many people experienced in the field in depth and IB first is the advice I received----> therefore I want to recruit for IB directly out of the MSc program and work there for a few years first).

If you do well on the GRE consider applying to HEC Paris as well, especially if you are fluent in French.

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Feb 13, 2017

Hi econecon101,
I will definitely follow your advice. I am also reading the Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis ( by Benjamin Graham) to enhance my knowledge in finance but I don't know if there are good books to start with (Any advice ? ).
Well French is my native language as well as arabic. I feel that Bocconi is more prestigious than HEC Paris on the trading floors (IB , S&T) , HEC is more focused on corporate finance (M&A i guess).

Are u a Bocconi Alumni by the way ?

Feb 13, 2017

Check pm.

Feb 13, 2017

I will answer to you within 2 days ( new user rule concerning PM ^^ ) :)

Feb 13, 2017

I did the program, too. Feel free to PM if you have any further questions.

Feb 13, 2017

Matrick, I will send you asap a message (I need to wait 2 days because of the new user's rule :/ ) to get more information about the program and the process. Thank you

Feb 13, 2017

No worries

Feb 13, 2017

Mind if I send you a pm with a few questions as well, not about Bocconi, but about the hedge fund industry in Europe?

Feb 13, 2017

No, feel free

Feb 14, 2017

Since you're interested in enhancing your finance knowledge I would recommend getting your hands on a couple models (from simple statements to more elaborate DCF/LBO) and play around. It will complement the theory quite well.

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Feb 13, 2017

Hello,
I'm from Europe and I think that HEC is more prestigious than Bocconi. Maybe not in Italy, but it is in the rest of Europe.
Do you think I have a chance to enter Bocconi MIM with 640 GMAT and 7.3/10 GPA (still top 10% of my class). I know is not the best profile to enter, but maybe I still have a chance.
I have done an internship at the second larger bank of my country and many extracurricular activities, like founding an important club in my uni.

Thanks

Feb 13, 2017

Do you mean you want to apply to HEC for their Master in Management?

Feb 13, 2017

I mean Bocconi MIM.

Feb 13, 2017

Ok, then I'm confuse die about the HEC comment.
In any case, 640 probably suffices for the MiM. Internships with BBVA I guess?
Can you get glowing letter of recommendations? Retake the GMAT and get 700?

Feb 13, 2017

Yes, BBVA.
I've got a letter of recommendation from a well-known teacher of Macro in my country, but I think it's too late to retake the GMAT if I want to apply for this year.

Thanks for your help!

Feb 13, 2017

Well go for it. If you can crank out a good personal statement, you have a decent chance.

Feb 16, 2017

Hey Matrick, do you think it's possible to get the full scholarship with 29,60 GPA and a 680 gmat score? Keep in mind that I'll apply as an Italian student. Cheers

Feb 13, 2017

in Finance or Management?

Feb 16, 2017

I know it may sound strange but my first choice will be EMIT "Economics and management of innovation and technology ".
At first I wanted to apply for IM + CEMS just for its prestigiousness and the amazing top employers of such MSc but then I changed my mind.
Basically my goal is to get into VC but, as you know, getting into it straight out of uni is quite impossible, you need at lest 2/3 years either in MBB or IB (that's the usual analyst background that I found on LinkedIn).
So, since Bain and McKinsey are among the top employers of both MSc I told myself "why shouldn't I apply for the program I like the most?".
I've read the description of every exam in both study programs and the EMIT ones are far more appealing to me.

What do think about it? I'm still not 100% sure so any feedback it's very important

Feb 13, 2017

Not sure why you think that may sound strange because that's actually a popular program and a lot of the students from the arguably more recognized MSc Finance take electives from that program.
I obviously can't guarantee anything, but I think you'd make for a strong candidate to be admitted.
If you will get a full-ride, I can't tell, but my advice would be to retake GMAT and get more than 700, as that seems to be the magic number they are looking for to award merit scholarships.
If in doubt, just call them and ask or partake in a campus tour.

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Feb 16, 2017

Thanks a lot! I said strange but I should have said unusual.

Feb 13, 2017

No worries, good luck

Feb 16, 2017

By the way, I got in but without the scholarship.

Feb 13, 2017

Congrats, that's great news.

Feb 17, 2017

Any Bocconi applicants that can give an estimate of the waiting times? I've applied roughly ~5/6 weeks ago and yet to hear back from them.

May 22, 2017

SDA Bocconi is different from Bocconi. If you are interested in Management, CEMS, Finance etc. you are considering Bocconi, not SDA Bocconi.
Anyway, they consider GPA/GMAT more than extra curricular activities or sports.
For merit based scholarships you need high GPA and GMAT. They have a lot of offers.
Your profile is good, score a good GMAT and you'll be fine

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May 22, 2017

thank you!
But I have another question:
GPA: 4.0/5.0(Russia; Lomonosov MSU; my weakness);GMAT >700 will good for merit based scholarship?
(EY TAS; PE Fund; basketball team and volunteer)

May 22, 2017

You're welcome bro.
I think with >700 GMAT you'll be eligible for a merit based scholarship. And your cv is good.
But this is for what I know as Italian with friends in Bocconi

Mar 6, 2017

Hello fellow monkeys,

I also have a question regarding my profile for Bocconi (MSc Finance). I am planning to apply for next year's intake (Sep. 2018).
I am an Electronics Engineering student in Brazil, from a top engineering university (known in Brazil but unknown abroad). My graduation is planned to happen in mid-2017.
Profile :
- 22 y.o. (will be 23 when applying)
- EU Citizen (Italian), brazilian but with dual citizenship
- Languages: Portuguese, English, German, Italian (basic)
- GPA : 7.6/10 (Brazil's grading system, probably equal to 3.05/4)
- Scholarship withholder for giving free courses of robotics to children from public schools
- Experience abroad: International german summer course in a German university, duration of 1 month
- 2 Internships: 2 years in a multinational manufacturer and 1.5 years in one of top 3 TV broadcasters in the country (none of them was finance related)
- Member of the university's finance and investment club
- Experience managing my own and family's investments

Regarding GMAT, I am planning to get 650+ (not taken yet). For the TOEFL, it would have to be 100+.

I would like to know if you think my profile is viable for Bocconi's MSc Finance. I would appreciate any comments or sugestions aswell.

Thanks!

May 22, 2017
Feb 13, 2017