Masters Degree Debate

I just graduated from a state school with a 3.45 GPA. I have some internship experiences, but I know I can't get into IB without a graduate degree and stellar grades.

I'm currently studying for the CFA Exams, But I'm trying to decide If I should get a Double Masters In Finance And Accounting at a Non-ivy or finished all the CFA Exams and then apply for an MBA Program. And do whatever job comes my way for the next couple years.

Any Advice would be greatly appreciated and sorry If there's grammar and spelling errors.

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Comments (23)

Jul 16, 2020 - 6:38pm

Sounds like you got a real master 'bate on your hands. A couple of points:

  • You don't need a graduate degree to get into IB.

  • Are you studying for CFA Level 1? It shows your interest in finance, but you don't need CFA for IB. I would stop after Level 1 for now unless you're interested in AM further down the line.

  • Don't get "double masters". Again, you don't even need a masters degree.

  • You most likely need work experience first before applying to credible MBA programs. If I were you I'd focus my efforts on networking and getting your first job. Cold emailing alums, etc.

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Jul 16, 2020 - 6:38pm

finish cfa exams and get 5-7 years of work experience before going to get your masters. CFA takes dedication and time that's harder to come by as responsibilities pile up (work, family).

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Jul 16, 2020 - 6:43pm

As a graduate student working on master degree, i can assure you master degree would disqualify you in IBD, The only front office choice you have is Quant and Strat. Most Master degree students end up in middle office and back office. I would recommend you to choose the MBA path, prestigious MBA would help you enter IBD.

Correction: MS program like Vanderbilt does have high IBD employment rate.

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Jul 16, 2020 - 6:58pm

My master is in Ivy league ,major finance related. Hardly see any chance that master graduates went straight into IBD. The most common FO they were in are Sales and Trading, but needs strong quant skills.

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 16, 2020 - 7:03pm

Surely a Masters wont disqualify you? I agree its not a requirement and pursuing one is overkill, but it doesn't lessen your chances to get into IBD surely?????

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Jul 16, 2020 - 7:19pm

Surely, You can search as much as you want on Linkedin to see how many people got into IBD with master degree. It is literally minimal compared to undergrad.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 16, 2020 - 8:57pm

My apology, I did research that Vandy has a high rate of IBD from MS program. I went to Ivy in NYC and most of us went on the path of financial engineering. Thx for the information.

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