Help me choose the best master.

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Hello everybody, the time has come to make a key decision so i kindly ask your advice. What would you do in my position?

Desired career path: first choice is Management Consulting, then Asset Management and then Investment Banking.

Location: Eventually i want to settle in Switzerland, but it doesn t have to be right after graduation. So i am considering working in London for 4/5 years and then transitioning to Switzerland (maybe post Mba? who knows). I do not speak fluent german at the moment but i am learning. Brexit has me concerned to say the least.

List of schools i have applied.

Imperial (Msc in finance) : Most likely a rejection.
LBS (MiM) : Some hope
Cass (Msc in finance) : Accepted
SSE (Msc in finance and Master in accounting, valuation & financial management) : A maybe for MSF and most likely for the other program.
RSM (Msc in finance and investments) : Almost certain to be accepted
Edinburgh (Msc in finance) : no clue how they pick candidates.

In case I get admitted in either Imperial or LBS i will accept in a heartbeat but let s rule them out and evaluate the rest of my choices.

Cass seems to have good presence in IB in London but not so great for MC. Kpmg,Deloitte,Capgemini,Accenture and Pwc will be at their career fair but not BCG which is my target.

SSE has a very impressive list of corporate partners, the only drawback i see it s the duration of the program.

RSM seems a bit risky, i do not know if my german skills will be adequate to apply for jobs in the Netherlands that require Dutch and i have no clue how many positions are offered for English speakers. However, i could extend my studies by an extra semester at St. Gallen and use that time to network there and eventually land a job.

Edinburgh is a target for BCG according to their website but other than that don t really know much about the school.

Thank you in advance for any input!

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Comments (11)

Feb 12, 2019
Giannis-Panagainas:

Hello everybody, the time has come to make a key decision so i kindly ask your advice. What would you do in my position?

Desired career path: first choice is Management Consulting, then Asset Management and then Investment Banking.

Location: Eventually i want to settle in Switzerland, but it doesn t have to be right after graduation. So i am considering working in London for 4/5 years and then transitioning to Switzerland (maybe post Mba? who knows). I do not speak fluent german at the moment but i am learning. Brexit has me concerned to say the least.

List of schools i have applied.

Imperial (Msc in finance) : Most likely a rejection.
LBS (MiM) : Some hope
Cass (Msc in finance) : Accepted
SSE (Msc in finance and Master in accounting, valuation & financial management) : A maybe for MSF and most likely for the other program.
RSM (Msc in finance and investments) : Almost certain to be accepted
Edinburgh (Msc in finance) : no clue how they pick candidates.

In case I get admitted in either Imperial or LBS i will accept in a heartbeat but let s rule them out and evaluate the rest of my choices.

Cass seems to have good presence in IB in London but not so great for MC. Kpmg,Deloitte,Capgemini,Accenture and Pwc will be at their career fair but not BCG which is my target.

SSE has a very impressive list of corporate partners, the only drawback i see it s the duration of the program.

RSM seems a bit risky, i do not know if my german skills will be adequate to apply for jobs in the Netherlands that require Dutch and i have no clue how many positions are offered for English speakers. However, i could extend my studies by an extra semester at St. Gallen and use that time to network there and eventually land a job.

Edinburgh is a target for BCG according to their website but other than that don t really know much about the school.

Thank you in advance for any input!

Can you pls share your stats/credentials?
Why not HSG if you want to work in Switzerland? Among the schools you mentioned, I d probably say (if you want to work in Switzerland) LBS MIM > Imperial = SSE (finance, don't know about the other) > RSM > Cass > edinburgh

Feb 13, 2019

in my opinion HSG is the best choice for working in Switzerland, but I understand that SIM or MBF are super competitive programs. What's your gmat score/ bachelor GPA?

Feb 11, 2019

I come from a greek university, one of the top institutions of the country(according to rankings) but that most likely doesn t mean anything. My Gpa translates to a high 2.1 from a 5 year program. It is a diploma in agriculture with a major in agricultural economics. My gmat is 660 which i could improve and i do have two relative internships lined up but i would have to apply for the next year's intake in order all of these to be considered.

Feb 13, 2019

If you want to work in the german part of Switzerland a good german level (b2+/c1) is almost mandatory. The best uni to work there is HSG but the tverage GMAT for MBF at HSG is around 710-720... Have you considered ETH Zurich? Top 10 World institution and there's a quantitative finance program if you care.
To work in UK I'd suggest a british istituition such as LSE (maybe some less renowned programs) or Warwick; I understand they it might be difficult to get in, in that case go CASS.

Feb 11, 2019

ETH Zurich is an interesting suggestion but their application deadline was 15th of January. About LSE maybe i could apply for msc in management nothing to lose i guess, seems like a reach though. Warwick as a choice really troubled me. It came down to the premium i would have to pay vs Cass which i am hesitant to do because i don t see any great advantage.

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Feb 13, 2019
Johny100:

ETH Zurich is an interesting suggestion but their application deadline was 15th of January. About LSE maybe i could apply for msc in management nothing to lose i guess, seems like a reach though. Warwick as a choice really troubled me. It came down to the premium i would have to pay vs Cass which i am hesitant to do because i don t see any great advantage.

HEC Lausanne? good FT ranking for finance and I think that places well in Switzerland.. The fact is that it is also cheaper than cass, a lot cheaper

Feb 12, 2019
PBateman.323:

If you want to work in the german part of Switzerland a good german level (b2+/c1) is almost mandatory. The best uni to work there is HSG but the tverage GMAT for MBF at HSG is around 710-720... Have you considered ETH Zurich? Top 10 World institution and there's a quantitative finance program if you care.
To work in UK I'd suggest a british istituition such as LSE (maybe some less renowned programs) or Warwick; I understand they it might be difficult to get in, in that case go CASS.

Actually it is higher. If I remember well, it was 734. Just check their website.

Feb 12, 2019
Merlo97:
PBateman.323:

If you want to work in the german part of Switzerland a good german level (b2+/c1) is almost mandatory. The best uni to work there is HSG but the tverage GMAT for MBF at HSG is around 710-720... Have you considered ETH Zurich? Top 10 World institution and there's a quantitative finance program if you care.
To work in UK I'd suggest a british istituition such as LSE (maybe some less renowned programs) or Warwick; I understand they it might be difficult to get in, in that case go CASS.

Actually is higher. If I remember well, it s roughly 734. Just check their website.

Feb 13, 2019
Merlo97:
PBateman.323:

If you want to work in the german part of Switzerland a good german level (b2+/c1) is almost mandatory. The best uni to work there is HSG but the tverage GMAT for MBF at HSG is around 710-720... Have you considered ETH Zurich? Top 10 World institution and there's a quantitative finance program if you care.
To work in UK I'd suggest a british istituition such as LSE (maybe some less renowned programs) or Warwick; I understand they it might be difficult to get in, in that case go CASS.

Actually is higher. If I remember well, it was 734. Just check their website.

723 source hsg website! But, I mean, in both case it is out of the question

Feb 12, 2019
PBateman.323:
Merlo97:
PBateman.323:

If you want to work in the german part of Switzerland a good german level (b2+/c1) is almost mandatory. The best uni to work there is HSG but the tverage GMAT for MBF at HSG is around 710-720... Have you considered ETH Zurich? Top 10 World institution and there's a quantitative finance program if you care.
To work in UK I'd suggest a british istituition such as LSE (maybe some less renowned programs) or Warwick; I understand they it might be difficult to get in, in that case go CASS.

Actually is higher. If I remember well, it was 734. Just check their website.

723 source hsg website! But, I mean, in both case it is out of the question

Yeah, I was wrong, just checked it.

Feb 12, 2019