Master in Finance: Frankfurt School vs. St. Gallen vs. WHU Otto Beisheim

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Hi all,

I have a tough decision to make, choose my Master in Finance program, but I am not experienced enough. I would really appreciate if you could share your experiences.

For now I have:

  • offer from Bocconi MSF (2-year) without scholarship which ends up quite pricey,
  • offer from Frankfurt School (2-year) with substantial scholarship
    I am expecting offers from St. Gallen and WHU.

I am:

  • Croatian male (EU on paper, but still international in reality) with Croatian non-target degree (high GPA though)
  • 9 months of international M&A internship experience (UniCredit CEE team in Vienna)
  • student exchange at NUS in Singapore
  • don't speak German (yet)

I want to land an offer in IB primarily in London. So, I guess what matters to me is international reputation of the school and success in job placement in IB.

So, what are your thoughts on the programs? MSF at Frankfurt School / MBF St. Gallen / MSF WHU?

Thank you!

Comments (13)

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Apr 23, 2016

Definitely pick either Bocconi or St Gallen. These are two really good schools, significantly better than Frankfurt and WHU. Also, they are much more international than the two German schools. The German education system is very inward focused. Don't expect many international students at WHu/Frankfurt and don't expect many companies to recruit there for any office other than their German office. Since you don't speak German, you will be at a huge disadvantage.

I would be largely indifferent between St Gallen and Bocconi. Both are good. St Gallen may still be quite German/Switzerland focused so I would probably have a slight preference for Bocconi if I were you.

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Dec 25, 2016

Thanks for your response, really good arguments. If I went to either Bocconi or St. Gallen, and considering my profile, do you think I would be well-positioned to get interviews for IB internships in London between my first and second year of studies?

May 3, 2016

Given that you have 9 months of IBD experience already, I think you should be fine. Just make sure you apply as early as possible (it's astonishing how many people fuck up by applying very late).

Jun 14, 2016

And how do you think University of Zurich, MA banking and finance compares with the aforementioned programs?

May 5, 2016

Def St.Gallen or Bocconi, Bocconi should have much higher London placement though.

May 7, 2016

Bocconi je jace. 100% bolje za London. St. Gallen je samo dobro za njemci. Moras da pricas njemacki.

May 8, 2016

St. Gallen has good placement, especially within the German-speaking world. I know you don't speak German, but within Switzerland it places very well within Finance (and believe me, not everyone requires knowledge of the local language).

Jun 14, 2016

And how do you think that University of Zurich banking and finance program compares with St. Gallen?

Dec 25, 2016

Hi guys, thank you again for all your inputs, highly appreciated!

I have a new offer in the game, and the choice has now come down to either Bocconi MSF, which you've already assured me is a great choice, or HEC Paris Master in International Finance (1-year).

Do you maybe have any experience / knowledge of the second program and how well it is perceived in London IB recruiting? It has been ranked #1 pre-experience Master in Finance by Financial Times (as of 2015) but I am not comfortable basing my choice on rankings. Some first-hand or second-hand experience would be of huge help :)

Jun 14, 2016

How come you didn't get a scholarship for Bocconi? Did you apply for financial aid?

Dec 25, 2016

I didn't apply, but I found I'd be eligible for Lombardy need-based scholarships, so that might lower the price tag of Bocconi.

Jun 14, 2016

Yeah, I'd be surprised if you weren't eligible for some sort of scholarship.
You can always call them up and ask about options instead going at it yourself.

Apr 23, 2017
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