INSEAD MiM, ESADE MSc Finance + CEMS, Bocconi AFC, ESCP MiM
I'm currently a third year Italian undergraduate student at Bocconi University, interested in starting my professional path in London IB but that would also be interested in Consulting (most likely in Italy)
I'm considering several choices for my masters, and I'm not excluding MiMs from top schools. I was wondering what do you guys consider to be the most attractive alternative and the one providing more optionality with regards to picking IB and MC. I also want to understand if a one-year program is worth the price, given that i have some professional experience (in a PE fund and in financial advisory boutique) but no big name on my cv.
Bocconi MSc AFC: the "low risk" choice, since I'm Italian and already live in Milan; 60% of places in the programme are reserved to Bocconi undergrads. My main doubts around Bocconi are: a) there's cut-throat competition between students (all grades are curved with a Gaussian distribution, so fellow students have an incentive to make you perform badly at exams) 2) Not the MSc in Finance, to which i would probably be admitted but that is IMO extremely focused on topics I couldn't give two shits about (such as super advanced econometrics) and doesn't have good teachers/coursework for IB topics.
ESADE MSc Finance + CEMS MiM: interesting only because it offers the possibility of a Double degree from a CEMS institution, but I'm not sure how attractive that is from an employer perspective. Interesting course due to its broadness, and also living in Barcelona is a huge plus. Consider size of the class is small compared to other universities.
INSEAD MiM: new program, lasts only 1 year which is kind of an issue given that there's no internship as part of the course. top-notch business school but unsure whether it is worth a price tag of EUR50k. Second term in Singapore, probably way more consulting focused than the other alternatives.
ESCP MiM: kind of a backup plan, but interesting since it has a lot of international exposure. Probably not as well known in London as Bocconi, especially since I'm Italian.
I was already admitted to INSEAD, ESADE and 99% likely that I would be admitted to Bocconi AFC. No scholarships so money not an issue for argument' sake.
Help me out monkeys!