LSE MSc Finance vs. INSEAD MBA

Hi all, need a little help evaluating my choices. I was recently accepted to the August/September 2010 intakes for both LSE and INSEAD and I'm having difficulty choosing as I know that both schools are very prestigious and every alumnus I've met from either program is really enthusiastic about the school.

I want to concentrate in finance and know the LSE MSc Finance is widely recognized for being one of the best in the world. However, I find myself wondering if the comprehensive MBA offered at INSEAD is sufficiently strong in finance to open the same doors as LSE AND give me career flexibility should I ever want to about face.

Would appreciate any and all insights.


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Jun 19, 2010 - 5:06pm

The answer might depend on where you already are in your career. Tell us a little bit about your background, because that's definitely a factor.

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Jun 19, 2010 - 5:57pm

I have 3 years consulting experience @ a big 4 firm. my degree is in engineering and my work experience has been concentrated in the technology strategy and execution space.

i have NO finance background other than leisure reading.. hope this helps. thanks

Jun 19, 2010 - 7:35pm
Definitely Insead MBA. Advantages Insead has over LSE;

1) You will be recruiting for associate positions
2) You will be getting a holistic degree (i.e. you can go into consulting or whatever you choose after)

Agreed..Insead without doubt

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Jun 19, 2010 - 6:59pm

The LSE MSc programs seem geared towards people with 0-2 years work experience who are gunning for analyst positions. I think that MBA will get you to where you want to go more easily.

Jun 19, 2010 - 7:28pm

INSEAD is a really good school and their MBA is ranked fifth in the world

The network you'll be able to establish is amazing and I've met lots of students who went on to work for prestigious firms such as Goldman Sachs and McKinsey.

I don't really think LSE needs an introduction. Having said that, going to either school will not stop you from getting a top job. I would, however, take INSEAD's MBA because the degree will help you more in the UK over an MSc. MSc's for most IB jobs in London are useless. They will be taken into consideration but without experience, most firms will be looking at your undergraduate more.

Jun 20, 2010 - 10:01am
London isn't as great as it looks ;).

No, it actually looks like a shithole too...

Jun 19, 2010 - 8:42pm

INSEAD without a doubt. an MSc at LSE will put you for a 1st year analyst position. Do you really want that after ALREADY having 3 years of work experience? I dont think so. As the other guy said an MBA will put you forward for associate positions + INSEAD MBA takes only 1 year to complete, same as the LSE MSc AND an MBA>MSc. INSEAD is a top business school as well. It's a no brainer: INSEAD

Jun 20, 2010 - 6:07am

It's undoubtedly biased input (I'm a current Insead student) but I can tell you that there are plenty of people in my class going into Associate level finance jobs in London and other places.
The Insead curriculum is certainly not seen as a "finance degree", but there are plenty of finance electives you can take.

Jun 21, 2010 - 2:25pm

lse msc finance is more of a pre experience degree full of newbies, but obviously there are few outliers. But given you already have 3+ years of wrk ex, Insead is better suited for you, and will probably give you a shot at an associate gig at IB if that's what you're after. Reputation and prestige wise I don't think Insead needs much introduction.

Dec 14, 2010 - 5:20am

If you have no work experience and comes directly from bachelor's degree, definitely going to LSE. Best school in Europe for the Master of Finance programs and the highest regarded by employers. If you have several years experience under his belt an MBA may be more suitable.

Dec 14, 2010 - 7:38am

As someone who is currently doing MSc at the LSE, having done BSc at LSE, I can tell you the quality of students doing the MSc courses at LSE is very very poor compared to the BSc courses. I know a few people doing the MSc Finance at LSE and I have been less than impressed on most occasions with them. Try the MSc Finance at LBS (London Business School) instead. I personally, wouldn't recommend any Masters course at the LSE. Its great for undergrad though.

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