Chances for Master's in Finance Programs

Hey all,

With application deadlines coming up and anxiety settling in, I figured I'd try and get an outside perspective on my applications to:

-Oxford MFE
-LSE MSc Finance
-Vanderbilt MSF
-Imperial MSc Finance


Econ Major - 3.7 GPA from a Turkish target (if there is such a thing), High Honors

Coursework: Heavy on quantitative business/finance. Plenty of statistics/econometrics/calculus/algebra but nothing too advanced like stochastic processes / real analysis.

GMAT: 730 - 49Q, 41V, 5.5 AWA 5IR (had a lower one cancelled with 50Q and 8IR, bad choice?)

TOEFL: 111

Work Experience:
- MBB consulting internship
- FP&A at a commercial bank internship
- Public Sector Research & Analysis internship
- Accounting & Finance internship at an Industrials firm
- TA for a MATLAB course

- Econ professsor with whom I did applied research that made it to the national press
- MBB mentor, pretty solid from what I've been told
- Finance professor with Ivy PhD, Shot in the dark but probably good

- Founding chair of my country's first (short-lived) student managed investment fund
- Analyst at another student-managed investment fund during exchange semester
- Managerial roles at two clubs
- Multiple time Model UN winner

So, what's the verdict?

Comments (4)

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Dec 31, 2018

With this profile, I'd be more concerned about choosing which program to attend rather than evaluating my chances to get in. If you apply properly, you are definitely among the top candidates for these programs.

Focus on writing good essays, and rank the schools according to your preferences and goals! (But please don't rank them with a 99% weight on reputation, there is much more to be considered!). Consider tuition & potential scholarships, the place you want to discover, where you want to live, and so on.


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Dec 31, 2018

I agree! Great profile. Now you need to be able to articulate your goals and identify resources at each program that will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and relationships you need to achieve your goals! Sometimes easier said than done. The narrative you share through your essays/SOP will be a driver of the scholarship offers you receive along with your admits. Invest in doing a stellar job on your research and writing. And don't hesitate to ask for help from someone is is intimately familiar with the process - like Stratus Admissions Counseling's Lisa Cummings who read applications at MIT Sloan and conducted interviews there for the past 13 years.

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Dec 31, 2018

I believe MIT does require a background in Stochastic Calculus and pde. Also some programming experience with python, C++ and R etc.

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Feb 5, 2019