- I graduated from a non-target state school with a 3.15 GPA (B.S. Economics - had a dreadful start but recovered strongly in the back half of my degree)
- Worked as an investment analyst intern for 1.25 yrs at my school's endowment (did some really cool in-depth work, lots of stories to tell)
- Post-grad I worked briefly for a congressional campaign and then landed at a sustainable finance firm (basically a startup, the firm does corporate consulting and investment sourcing/underwriting)
- Studied for a month & took the GRE a week ago: 165 Verbal 159 Quant. This was really tough as I had just started at the sustainable finance firm and had to juggle both things, but I'm proud of what I scored in the limited time I had allocated.
I'm in an interesting spot at the current firm I'm at, and I believe that I may have more than a short-term future there depending on how things go. Sustainable finance (huge umbrella term, I know) is something that I could see myself pursuing a career in, but I've noticed that a lot of the folks working in the space are ex-IB and ex-PE, having had the chance to hone their skills in a more traditional finance environment. I figure that a MSF degree might be able to fill in some gaps and so I'm applying to a few highly-regarded programs just to have that option should I be admitted. Time will tell, however, whether I eschew the masters degree and focus on pursuing work-based experience.
Below are the schools I plan on applying to. I'm aware that my GPA and GRE Quant are lacking, however I believe I have somewhat of a unique profile and would like to set my hopes high while keeping expectations realistic.
- MIT Sloan MFin
- HEC Paris MSF (2nd choice: MS Social Innovation & Sustainability)
- EDHEC MS Climate Change & Sustainable Finance (Inaugural year for this program)
- Vanderbilt MSF
- UVA MS Commerce
Based on my background, any advice on how I would fare with these schools would be much appreciated. Additionally, if you knew of any other programs that might be a good fit (or any of these that would be a BAD fit) I'd love to hear those as well.