London School of Economics vs Imperial University vs WUSTL Olin Business School?

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Hi guys! I have offers from LSE Masters in Risk and Finance. Imperial, and WUSTL Olin Business School's Global Masters in Finance. I have a science undergrad degree, but am thinking of working in Equity research in the future. At the moment I'm leaning towards Imperial, but I'd love to know what everyone else thinks. Any advice/insights would be much appreciated!

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Apr 10, 2014

Where do you want to work in the long run? Us or Europe?

Apr 10, 2014

I hope to work back home in Singapore, but I'm OK with working overseas for a couple of years. WUSTL's Global Double-Degree program won't help for US recruiting. As it's jointly run with the Singapore Management University program, I'll be in the US for half of the course and in Singapore from the other half. Judging from the schedule, I'll be in Singapore during recruitment season.

Apr 10, 2014

So wouldn't the WUSTL be more helpful? If you are going for the brand reputation then maybe LSE is the best.

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Apr 10, 2014

I also think WUSTL would be the better choice then, that will make recruiting a lot easier for you. I know WUSTL has a pretty good reputation in general but I honestly can't tell you how it is regarded in Singapore.

Purely based on reputation LSE would probably win out of these 3 schools but the program is probably more on the quant-side so it would harm your repositioning a bit.

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Apr 10, 2014

I also received an offer for the Finance & Accounting MSc at Imperial and plan to work in equity research. I think that the MSc F&A offers a complementary approach between how the firms work on the inside and how they interact with financial Markets. As a result the programme seems more apropriate than LSE's. In terms of reputation, LSE has the lead. On the other hand, how are you going to show your passion for ER to employers if you choose a master in risks? Finally, as far as I know, Imperial is among the top 15 best universities in the world, while it is the first time I hear about WUSTL and it must probably at best a 2nd tier school. In view of this I would choose Imperial or LSE.

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Apr 10, 2014

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Apr 10, 2014

@"woodplanck": If you do decide to go to the WUSTL GMF program then PM me as I am headed there.

Apr 10, 2014

I stand corrected. Could you develop a bit your point as to unlighten me on that? I live in Europe and have heard of almost all top tier B-Schools in the USA but have never heard of such a school. How well does this programme places at BB IB in major US cities?

Apr 11, 2014

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Apr 10, 2014

LSE, obviously - it has a tremendous reputation in Singapore. Not to mention LSE holds career fairs in singapore itself where most of the leading firms come to recruit LSE Singapore students.

What the hell is WUSTL...do you seriously think anyone in Singapore would have heard of it?

Imperial doesn't ask for a GMAT...steer clear. The quality of kids is going to be highest at LSE as it has a super high GMAT average http://www.lse.ac.uk/finance/pdf/Programme%20Broch...

The programme is also sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

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Apr 10, 2014

Agree with lse and singapore (prolly asia in general)

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Apr 10, 2014

And to Ghosh...tell me which recruiter in Singapore, or for that fact anywhere in the world, will have the time to search what WUSTL is? Do you think recruiters have the time to search through the net?

People forget brand is driven by perception. LSE is known by every finance company out there, especially in Asia.

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Apr 10, 2014

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Apr 10, 2014

@Ghosh

First of all, you have no moral authority to give lectures about arrogance. Secondly, the Olin Business School ranks 64th in the global MBA ranking of the
FT which basically means that it is definitely 2nd tier . If by top 25 you mean Top 25 in the US then it is a third tier university and thus, you cannot blame me for never having heard of it.

@wanttoberich13

I studied 9 days for the GMAT and scored 720 (Q47 V42, 94th percentile) without breaking a sweat. However, I think that the GMAT is completely inefficient at assessing a person's quality. For instance, the GMAT does not measure the creativity or the passion that a student might have for determined field which are clearly more correlated to quality.

Apr 10, 2014

Definitely LSE. Singapore is brand driven. 2nd choice would be imperial

Apr 10, 2014

Are you kidding, LSE all the way.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

Apr 11, 2014

London is better:)

Apr 13, 2014
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