Chances at Top MSF

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I tried to exhaust the search feature before posting this.

I'm currently thinking about applying for a MSF at a top university (think Princeton, MIT, LSE, etc.) and was curious to see if I currently have a reasonable chance at being accepted to these programs.


740+ GMAT
3.9 Undergrad GPA at top state school (think Virginia, Texas, Michigan, UC Berkeley)
Finance undergrad, minor in Mathematics, and completed certificate program
Two trading internships
Full-time and internship at BB investment bank
Member/leadership roles of a few finance and volunteer organizations

Reasoning: wanting to coalesce various passions (computing, finance, math) and leverage a top MSF's branding into a career in either hedge funds or prop trading.

Tentatively, I'd like to go into IB for two years to avoid financing the MSF through debt. I'm curious to see how this would be viewed by adcoms, however.

Thank you for your time!

Comments (3)

Apr 14, 2014 - 1:47pm

IMO, 95% in at MIT. You'll be competitive at Princeton also. I'd focus on those two in the US and maybe expand your choices if looking overseas. LSE is a going to be great, but maybe add some top continental European programs.

Apr 15, 2014 - 4:03pm

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