I am currently in the process of applying for a second Master at the following schools and thought I'd try to get some feedback and perspective on my applications:
-Oxford MSc Financial Economics
-LSE MSc Finance
Goal is IBD in London and then later on PE.
-Bachelor in Systems Engineering at a top tier European engineering school (top 5), 3.5-3.6 GPA, 2:1 in UK scale
-Master in Financial Engineering at the same school, 3.9-4.0 GPA, I will likely receive a prize for this performance (among the best in the program's current cohort)
Coursework was very quantitative and programming heavy in nature.
-GMAT: 720 - 49Q, 40V, 8IR, 5AWA
I scored consistently much higher in mock tests and will likely resit at the end of the month to aim for a 750+ (mainly by improving to a Q50, which I feel is well within reach given my background and mock tests results). Maybe someone can tell me if this is really worth it or a waster of time.
- 6 months Big 4 Valuation
- 6 months mid-tier BB IB in a continental office (will start soon)
- TA for two courses during my undergrad
- 1st and 3rd place in two school wide consulting business case competitions
- Selected to attend workshops organised by two different MBB companies (those were akin to Spring weeks and were recruiting events)
- Research/dev project for one my school's lab
- Dev project for one of the campus' start-ups
As you can see no associative experience whatsoever or anything related to finance as far as extracurricular activities go. This, the GMAT + 2:1 undergrad, and the fact that I would be applying for a second Master in the same field of studies are my main sources of concern.
What does WSO think?