LSE MSc Finance vs LBS MFA - which do I choose?

Hi all,

So essentially I've received offers for both of the above-mentioned programmes but I'm unsure which one to take. The goal after graduating would be to work in IBD in London.

Obviously please do correct me if I have the wrong idea, but the way I currently see it:

LSE Pros: More academic, Better global brand name 

LSE Cons: More academic (maybe less time to focus on interviews), Potentially worse student experience?, Placement isn't as good as it used to be

LBS Pros: Placement & student experience seems better (but this might be the way they market it), Seems to have a better careers department, Opportunities for trips/ exchange programmes 

LBS Cons: Potentially less well known?, Degree is newer/ less prestigious and arguably wont get the same academic education 

Leaning towards LSE atm but would be great to hear your thoughts as LBS seems to be growing on me 

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Comments (16)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 18, 2021 - 5:09am

Can you qualify that assertion? What exactly does unmatched relative to the LSE mean? Would be very helpful, cheers.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 18, 2021 - 7:53am

OP here - I think I just meant that more people will have heard of LSE/ know the prestige of LSE. Outside of the Finance/ Consulting industry, LSE's brand is surely far more well known? 

Obviously that type of prestige isn't my biggest concern, so would you be able to expand on your point about placement, it'd be really helpful? Would you say that LBS places much more heavily within IB (especially for the degrees mentioned above)?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2021 - 3:51am

I am facing the same situation, as I need to choose between the two programs.

Have you taken your final decision?

What were the reasons behind your choice?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Apr 24, 2021 - 9:35am

Do you want a business school or more academic education? I think that should be the deciding factor.

LBS might push careers a bit more on you, but career opportunities within banking in London are equal. Social/student life seems good/equal at both programmes based on the people I have met from both places. 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2021 - 10:07am

That's probably the issue I'm unsure about. I enjoyed my undergraduate academic education to an extent, but you could say that I've got a bit tired of it towards the end.  At the same time, I haven't done a business-type degree I don't know what to expect from a business school education. 

If career opportunities are equal, I'd probably lean towards LSE 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2021 - 10:39am

Do you think that for someone interested in PE in the medium term (after 2/3 years of IBD), the MSc in Finance and Private Equity of LSE may add some tangible value? Or do you believe that it is better to have access to the LBS's and the MFA's network to pursue this career?

Thanks for your help

Most Helpful
Apr 24, 2021 - 12:11pm

your overthinking course choice a bit too much I think. Both courses will give you an incredible opportunity in both PE and IBD however neither will spoon-feed you in to a top position which it seems like many are looking for.

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