Duke MMS vs Ivey MSc IB for finance


So I got into Duke Fuqua MMS and Ivey MSc International Business (Canada) program. I wanna go into PE or AM/HF. I'm an international student and don't really mind living in either US or Canada. Although I'm in this pickle because Duke has the prestige & global brand name and also a pathway to their MBA. But Ivey Canada will give me 0 stress regarding immigration & visa.

What do you think I should do, Duke or Ivey?

Do you think I should go for Duke MMS, work for 2-3 years in the US under OPT and then go to Canada? Is going to Canada then possible?

Or should I just go to Ivey and settle down in Canada? Will Ivey allow me to enter PE?

How difficult will it be to break into PE in either country right after these degrees?

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Comments (7)

Mar 21, 2021 - 1:10pm

To be honest with you I don't think this is a good degree. Never heard of MMS. Sounds like an expensive degree without the prestige of an MBA or a MA/MS in a traditional field like Economics/Computer Science/Chemistry/etc. I would opt for another degree. 

Mar 21, 2021 - 1:13pm

Duke has a masters program in traditional economics offered by the Economics Department, I think you should apply to that. Unless your degree is an MBA not many will care it came from Faqua. Not many know what an MMS is and the fact that buisness schools offer MBA's as their primary degree this will come off as an inferior degree. I would apply to the Economics/Computer Science/ etc at other departments where their MA is their primary degree.

Mar 21, 2021 - 1:18pm

I agree. I was going for MiM programs cuz I don't have work ex for MBA. In US, duke is the best one for that. Also, the admission application deadlines have passed so I have to decide between these 2.

The bottom line about the Fuqua MMS degree is that it's a pathway course to their MBA program. So if nothing else works out by attending this I can secure a seat in the MBA program. 🤷🏻‍♂️

The Ivey program & brand is not known outside Canada but quite prestigious in the country. It also boosts a better employment rate with bigger names. But it's not a top US Bschool. :P

Mar 21, 2021 - 4:01pm

Well then i would go with the MMS program. But tbh this is an expensive way to get into an MBA. I would just opt out. Just my opinion and try next year. Your gonna rack up $100k in debt on top of the $100k+ for the MBA just not worth it. Think about the cost. This is not a degree that's worth the money. Its an inferior degree people will not look at the way you think they will. It doesn't matter what the school is.

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Mar 22, 2021 - 8:04pm

I haven't heard of Ivey's MSc program so can't comment on it. In Canada, only U of Toronto MFE grads break into the industry consistently (mostly pensions and sell-side).

Mar 23, 2021 - 5:11am

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