Can I get in to MFin/ Msc Finance anywhere?

So I'm considering doing my MFin or Msc Finance abroad after I finish my undergrad in 2016 (Canada, semi-target school). My current GPA is pretty crap (2.9), the first 2 years of university were really hard for me, but now I've got my shit together and think I can finish with around a 3.10.

As of now, I don't really have any experience besides being a finance lab asisstant, and will be writing my CFA level 1 in December.

Just based on this information, are there are any programs I can get into? I've tried looking at masters programs in Sweden and Norway (cheap/free tuition) but none of them show the requirements, so now I'm not sure what the general requirements are, and at $100 an application, I don't wanna shell out money for schools I know I won't get in to.

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Mar 22, 2015 - 12:12pm

You'll need to do very well on your GMAT, but a 3.1 GPA isn't the end of the world. Focus on what you can control (GMAT) and make sure you finish strong in UG. You'll need a professor to write at least one recommendation for you.

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:33pm

I haven't taken my GMAT yet, will try and take it during the summer.

Do grad schools look at your overall Gpa? Or only your final 2 years? Also, if I were to apply in my final undergrad year, what grades would they use to review my application?

Mar 22, 2015 - 9:17pm

Lucida:

I haven't taken my GMAT yet, will try and take it during the summer.

Do grad schools look at your overall Gpa? Or only your final 2 years? Also, if I were to apply in my final undergrad year, what grades would they use to review my application?

They use all of your grades, and look at how you've performed over time. An upward trend in grades (better grades junior/senior year than freshman/sophomore) is a good thing, though.

Mar 22, 2015 - 10:27pm

If you're looking into US MSFs, they use all your grades up to the point of application. Your grades after you apply have almost 0 bearing on your application, since they make the decision without that information. That said, they do use all your grades to verify your academic record before matriculation. If you can score GRE equivalent of 750+ GMAT you have a decent shot at getting in, provided you weave a compelling story about yourself.

If you're looking into Canadian ones, most will look at last 2 years (meaning last 10 credits), some will look at just 1. Canadian schools won't require GRE or GMAT from students out of Canadian undergrads, but I recommend you take it anyway to boost your chances.

Hope this helps, PM if you wanna chat about Canada to US MSF in more detail.

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Mar 22, 2015 - 11:43pm

Thanks for the awesome help guys, i really appreciate it.

I'm moreso leaning to doing my masters (abroad) to try something new.

This forum typically only mentions the top-tier msc fin programs, can you guys recommend and mid tier universities where i have a better chance of getting in?

As i previously mentioned, the majority of schools dont post their requirements and im new to the msf so i dont know which schools are target/nontarget etc

I understand im asking for alot, but I would really appreciate any help :)

Mar 23, 2015 - 12:17am

UK ones are out of the question with that GPA, they tend to be much more formulaic when picking candidates.

US MSFs will boil down to how well you can do on your GMAT to compensate for low GPA. They don't list requirements (unless they are course prerequisites) because they take your application holistically. In my opinion, if you are going to do a "mid tier" MSF as a non-American, it's not worth it. It's going to be that much harder to get a job with Visa sponsorship and a middle of the pack MSF won't be worth the cost. If you do well on your GRE/GMAT look into WUSTL, Vanderbilt, Villanova, UTA (off the top of my head). MSFs tend to place regionally as well..

Mar 23, 2015 - 1:35am

Ideally i would just do the msf overseas and then come back to Canada with the degree. I just want to do an msf because i feel like it'll really enhance my finance skill and will benefit me in the long run.

I really appreciate your help, thank you.

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