I was wondering in peoples opinion if a Masters of Financial engineering limits you to a quantitative roll in finance or could you still have one and work as something other than a quant? In terms of how they are regarded, which one comes out on top?
I am looking to work in the front office and have a bachelors in engineering. Wondering if the next step is a Masters of Finance or Financial engineering/maths.

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if you wanna do something quantitative then take the MS in financial engineering, you would be seen as a quant so it might not be easy to recruit for other roles (e.g. M&A). I think it would be better to take the MSF, if you are in the US it might be an issue with recruiting as the mostly recruit undergrads for SA and FT.

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Ideally I would want a front office role similar to M&A as you stated. Would having a MFE in that case work against me? Or would it show I have a deeper quantitative understanding etc. Would an MSF be a good way to bridge the gap from engineering to finance? Id do an MBA but later down the line.


You don't need a MSF to bridge the gap, you can study the basics on your own if you wanna do M&A.

I would take the MSF only if you already graduated and it would give you a chance in FT/SA recruiting.

A MFE would make you look like a quant focused person so they would question why you wanna do M&A.


Same or similar tier schools?


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