LSE MSc Finance or LBS MFA

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Hi all,

- UG in Management from semi-target in UK (High 2:1)
- Experience at BB in investment management
- Secured SA offer at a BB for summer 2019
- GMAT: 700

Which programme would you say is better from an academic point of view?

Having been lucky enough to get a summer internship out of undergrad I am not looking to do a master's to get my foot into the industry, i.e. the careers services offered are not important to me. I am really just looking for an intellectual challenge.

Thanks in advance!

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Comments (13)

Nov 12, 2018

Since you're looking for an academic challenge, I would highly recommend going for the LSE programme. Depending on how serious you really are about going into depth, you might want to take a closer look at the LSE MSc Finance and Economics.

LBS programmes can generally more be seen as very applied and less theoretic whereas LSE always aims to have a focus on the theoretical foundations (although the LSE MSc Finance also has a significant portion of more applied content)

Nov 12, 2018

Many thanks for your reply!

I guess what I was trying to say is that I am primarily looking to learn vs get a job.

The F&E programme looks really interesting. Unfortunately, it is unlikely I will be considered by the admissions committee as I didn't study a quantitative subject in my UG.

Nov 12, 2018

Also last time I checked you needed a first to be eligible for the Finance and eco programme, correct if my wrong though

In your case, I would suggest you to go to LSE, much more 'intellectual' and academic oriented than LBS. LBS is a great school that opens many doors and give you access to top tier 1 companies and jobs. LSE also gives you this but it is more aimed at developing PhD candidates than LBS if you want to pursue that path it's easier at LSE. This is my opinion, and it's based on what you say you want to do, if I had 2 offers from those programmes I would go to LBS because of the exit opps in IB

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Nov 12, 2018


Thanks for the input.

Nov 13, 2018

Any further insights?

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Dec 31, 2018

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Jan 1, 2019

LSE from an academic point of view as others have said

Jan 1, 2019

What about prestige? Which one would you pick if you had to choose? Thanks

Jan 1, 2019

I think the two institutions, LSE and LBS, are somewhat similar in terms of prestige (for a career in finance, in academia LSE wins no doubt). For the two programmes, I'd lean towards LSE MSc Finance though, because it's LSE's flagship programme (for finance) and it has been around for a long time, whereas LBS' flagship programme is the MBA.

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Jan 2, 2019

Thanks a lot for your comment. This comes as a surprise to me as many have told me LBS ranks slightly higher for career prospects / quality of course.

Ultimately, I guess both programmes are excellent and as such it's difficult to determine which one is the definite winner!

Jan 3, 2019

Not the best person to comment on career prospects for the two programmes, but it doesn't seem like you're too concerned with that. The MFA probably covers more ground, but I'd imagine LSE is more in-depth (just look at the number of courses for the two programmes).

Have you made a decision yet?

Jan 4, 2019