evaluate my profile for a master in finance...

Since I'm done with undergrad, and I haven't been lucky with recruitment, I'm aiming a MSc in Finance now. Here is my profile:

GPA 8.44/10 (economics and business)
GMAT 710 (Q50V36)
IELTS 8 (expired tho)
Passed CFA level 1
1 internship in trade finance

I'm keeping an eye on the costs, so I'll exclude LBS and HEC, knowing full well they're beasts at recruitment. My picks in this particular order:

1 - Bocconi

2 - Essec

3 - RSM

4 - St. Gallen

Do I have a chance at these? In case i do, is there a chance for a scholarship (I'm not EU citizen)??

I don't have a specific goal yet career wise, it depends. Please tell me what you think

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Comments (8)

Aug 5, 2021 - 5:06pm

Hi, Based on your profile plus your cost concern. This would be on this order:

1- Bocconi 2-RSM 3-Essec 4-Saint Gallen

All the universities offer scholarships but depends on the competition that apply. 

But apart from ranking/GMAT/salary another major concern is do you speak any local language and are you attracted to a specific country? Aka: ESSEC is great if you want to stay in France, less good internationally. 

So yes, if you give me more details perhaps I can tell you more :) 

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:11pm

hi ! thanks for replying

i speak italian and french and english. i would say english comes as bilingual + i have better command of italian than french. i'm not european though. its just a passion. which city i prefer is not a decision point tbh, as I'm aiming for London re recruitment.

as i mentioned, unfortunately, the cost is my main and perhaps only decision point. i thought about retaking the GMAT (my practice scores were higher) but it just felt too tedious.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 6, 2021 - 7:06am

The cost doesn't matter in the end because you will be able to recoup it very fast; you should go for the best programs such as Oxford MFE, LBS, LSE and HEC.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Aug 6, 2021 - 8:20am

Of the ones you've listed Bocconi has the best placement in London by far. Not quite at the same level as LSE / LBS / Oxford / HEC equivalents but pound for pound is definitely a decent option. I think your profile for Bocconi puts you in the realistic applicant camp. Not a shoe-in but for sure a good chance of getting admitted. I think a full-ride scholarship would be unlikely though.

Happy to be corrected by others more in the know.

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Aug 6, 2021 - 4:34pm

You're interested in AM right?

I'm not European myself but would tell you to aim higher. LBS suits you well, I think. I applied (mim) with similar stats and got accepted. See if there are scholarships designed to your country and apply early.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 16, 2021 - 1:13pm

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