Combined degree in UF or masters in an Ivy League school

I just got accepted as a finance transfer student to the University of Florida. I am thinking of doing a combined degree with my bachelors degree but I am confused on what to do to land a decent job after I graduate. what is the better option to do a masters in an Ivy League school or the combined degree. In UF I can do a masters in information systems, international business or finance. The problem I am facing is that I recently moved to the US and I am doing a lot of research on what to do but I still didn't get the answer, would appreciate your opinion

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Jun 12, 2017

Ivy League would be the best because the largest banks recruit more people from there. UF MSF is a fine alternative but it will take an extra year to complete and tends towards some MO type of roles in the top banks and MM IBD types of roles.

http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/

Jul 7, 2017

But the masters I am thinking of doing is not the finance, I'm thinking of masters in information systems. What do you think?

Jun 12, 2017
thomas97:

But the masters I am thinking of doing is not the finance, I'm thinking of masters in information systems. What do you think?

http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/ms-is...
Depends on if you want to do banking or tech consulting. ISOM will set you up for a good gig at a place like Accenture or the Big 4.

Jul 7, 2017

I agree with the previous comment that an Ivy League ed would benefit you more based on recruiting from the top firms. At the same time, you were pretty vague about what you meant by "land a decent job after I graduate". If you are trying to get a gig with an investment bank and the career path you are wanting to take is not clear yet, your UF ed will be sufficient. If you are pretty sure you are wanting to land FO gig at a top IB, Ivy League is the way to go.

Jul 7, 2017

the problem is that I didn't land an internship yet, I just transferred to UF and my work experience (which isn't a lot) is overseas. I am trying to do something so that I can put my foot into the business and understand what I want to do. I am into finance and technology and that why I was thinking of doing the dual degree with information systems, if I do it then that would give me more time to do an internship and understand what I want to do more. what do you think?

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Jul 7, 2017

Quite honestly, I did not have a ton of work experience either and my work experience was in legal in the Marines (I was active duty). So obviously nothing to do with finance. My degree is in Business Admin (from USC), and I am also into finance and tech. I had the same mindset you have of wanting to put your foot in the door. I knew that I wanted to work for one of the top investment banks, and I wanted to have a FO gig. Things ended up working out. I would not worry too much if I were you. Your heart is in getting this Infosys degree it sounds like, so go get it, and then when you are actively looking for a job, you'll see that there are tons of opportunities. You can even hit me up once you have a a clearer picture of what you want to do in finance and I can check for you to see what we have at Morgan Stanley and shoot the info to you. Don't let this decision weigh on you so much. You'll be fine.

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Jul 7, 2017

unless it's ivy league "continuing education", it's better than a combined MSF, such that you get only one alumni network and it obviously has less weight than an ivy league credential

M7 MBA, iBanking. Top MSF grad. AntiTNA. Truth is hard to hear! But... :
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Jul 7, 2017

what do you mean by "continuing education" ? and the combined degree I'm trying to do is Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) with my Finance bachelors. Do you think it would be possible to do both, like doing another masters from an Ivy League after I do the combined degree ?

Jul 7, 2017
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M7 MBA, iBanking. Top MSF grad. AntiTNA. Truth is hard to hear! But... :
DickFuld: Yeah....most of these people give terrible advice.: