Bocconi vs SSE - MSc Finance

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Hi everyone!

First a little about myself: Italian, 21, 3.8 GPA, GMAT 700, currently enrolled in my last year of the BSc in Finance at Bocconi.
Short-term career goals: start working in Asset Management, preferably in London.

I recently got accepted to the master in finance at Stockholm School of Economics and I'm also pretty sure that I can get into the MSc in finance at Bocconi, however it won't be the one taught in english (their flagship program) but the one in italian (same program, same subject, less prestigious).

My concern with SSE is that, it the scenario in which I won't be able to find a job in London, it might be too difficult to find a job in Sweden or in Milan too.

I'd love to hear your guys opinion!

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Comments (7)

Dec 20, 2018

If your 3.8 is 28/30, I wouldn't be so sure about being accepted at CLEFIN. Last year it was an unexpected bloodbath, and I experienced it first-hand.

Dec 21, 2018

it's 28.7 at the moment, plus the extra points for the exchange semester and the curricular internship. I did the early session but decided to put ESS as my second pick after Finance. Hopefully I can get in!

Dec 20, 2018

Last year 28.7 was fine for Finance/Clefin. Let's hope it's the same this year. (Btw 28.7 it's 3.9 GPA, I think that you used 31 instead of 30 when transforming the GPA!) If you want to ask a few questions to current students let me know as I have a bunch of friends that are doing both the Italian and English MSc).

I noticed that in the answer below you mentioned that you got rejected by LBS. If you look at the current MFA class on their website you can notice that almost 100% has 2 internships in Finance, so I believe that they value work experience above GPA, GMAT, essays.

Regarding LSE, the MSc in Finance and Private Equity it can be considered as the equivalent of HBS in Europe. it has probably the best placement, and it's preferred among US employers according to Linkedin. However it's really hard to get in, you should probably have a perfect GPA (30+ using the Italian grading system) and I have a friend that has been rejected there and got accepted at an M7.

Dec 20, 2018

If your goal is to work in London, then why not LBS or LSE?

Dec 21, 2018

I applied for the MFA from LBS but got rejected after the interview, I suspect that the lack of an internship in Finance was the main reason for not getting in...
I was reluctant to apply to LSE just because it's a one-year program and in my opinion doesn't place as well as LBS

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Dec 21, 2018

SSE for Stockholm, Bocconi for the rest of the world

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Jan 11, 2019