European MSc in Finance Profile Evaluation

Prospect in IB - Ind

Hi everyone,

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.

Work Experience:
- 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

Extracurricular Activities:
- 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?

Comments (17)

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Jan 16, 2020


  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 16, 2020

I recommend you to write a compressed version with only the most important details at the end; a lot of people at this forum is busy so it could help.

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Jan 16, 2020

Hi, thanks a lot for you reply. I have edited my post. You are right, it should have been considerably shorter!

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 16, 2020

You're welcome! Regarding the initial question, your profile is really strong, and as the other user mentioned, you have a top profile for LBS; however LSE and Oxford could be out of reach due to their academic focus.

But my main concern is why do you want to do a second master that is that close to the one that you already have? Re-branding?

Jan 16, 2020

LBS should be easy they will value your diverse background, strong master performance and work experience. Oxford and LSE are much more academic and will care more about that 2.1 at UG level. Imo it will be harder for Oxford as the cohort is quite small and very competitive, LSE should be good chances of getting in.

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Jan 16, 2020

Hi, thanks for you answer. That's what I figured. Any thoughts on retaking the GMAT to make up for my undergrad marks?

Jan 16, 2020

The better the GMAT the better regardless. Also I am not sure the MFA is the best program for you as it is more intense but doesn't add much more value than the classic MiM

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Jan 31, 2020

Update: retook the GMAT today and got a 760 (Q49, V44) (unfortunate for the Q but I will not retake it anymore), is this enough to offset my 2:1 or not in your opinion?

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Feb 20, 2020


  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 21, 2020

Should be able to get in to all 3, if you manage to explain reasonably well why you want to do an additional Master's in your essays/interviews.

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Apr 2, 2020

- I was directly admitted to Oxford's MFE (skipped the interview stage, although that may be due to the ongoing crisis). I am extremely happy about the offer and will gladly take it.
- I was rejected from LBS MFA, not sure what happened there. I was so certain that it would be the other way around, i.e. rejection from Oxford and admission to LBS.
- I never applied to LSE in the end, I was waiting on the outcome of the other applications as that was my clear third choice.

I am really surprised by LBS' decision and it would be interesting to know your opinions on the matter.

In any case, I am extremely happy about the outcome and to be done with this process.

Edit: spelling

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 2, 2020

I believe LBS is more strict on doing a 2nd Master's, and they have to be in quite distinct subjects. But congrats on the offer, I am sure you will enjoy the MFE!

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Apr 2, 2020