[Note: Sorry for the long post, TL;DR at bottom]
I've been lurking on this site for sometime, and figured that it would be better for me to post a question directly pertaining to my situation rather than hitting the search button every time. Here's my story:
I'm a junior at an Asian Uni (non-target) majoring in Finance.I recently tried my best forrecruiting, but due to crap connections+non-target brand name, I didn't land so much as a first round. Managed to network into a boutique IB firm at the last minute.
Even in Asia, a majority of the interns/ft analysts at BB firms have done their undergrad or masters in US/UK universities (spoke to my friends at the so called 'Asian targets' - 99% of BB offers were inpositions). Fact of the matter is, with so many US/UK target school students willing to come to Asia for internships/jobs, these firms have no reason to even consider a small fish like me.
In order to have a chance at working in the US/UK or to have a better chance at a BB in Asia, I really feel that I should pursue a MSF/MFin/similar masters in the US/UK.
So far I've come up with a plan for the MSF programs I'd like to go to, but have little to no idea whether I stand a realistic chance of getting in. I'd really appreciate you guys scrutinizing my background and figuring out if my profile is appropriate for my targeted universities, or if I'm in over my head.
Also, any advice on what I could do in the meantime to improve my chances at getting in and/or landing a job in/Trading post MSF would be much appreciated.
GPA: equivalent of 3.83 / 4.00
Math and econ courses include Calc I & II, Intermediate Micro, Macro, statistical theory and advanced econometrics.
I'm planning to take Calc III, Probability Theory, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra via online courses.
Passed my CFA Level 1, and got aof 780.
1 boutique IBand 1 boutique internship (part-time, about a year). Will be joining a boutique IB firm for one last summer internship.
I'm knocking Princton's MSF off the list of choices right off the bat, as I simply do not have the math background for it. My other options so far are:
MIT - MFin (too much of a reach ?)
Duke - MMS
LSE - M.Sc. Finance and Econ/ M.Sc. Finance
Cambridge - MPhil Finance
NYU - M.S. Mathematics of Finance
Oxford - M.Sc. in Financial Econ
HEC Paris - M.Sc. in International Finance
WUSTL - MSF
Claremont McKenna - MSF
UT Austin - MSF
Imperial College London - MSF
Warwick - MSF
UCL - Masters in Financial Math
Vanderbilt - MSF
LBS - MiM
I remember someone on this site mentioning that an MSF is like 'sudden death overtime' - I absolutely agree. I can't afford to make mistakes again (I really messed up in undergrad; I had a 2340 SAT but was too lazy to apply to the US. Only got focused in Sophomore year). Thus, I'm planning in advance.
Thanks a lot for your time and advice in advance, and any and all criticism is welcomed.
TL;DR: Kid in Non-target Asian Uni, boutique IBD internships, 3.83 Finance GPA, 780 GMAT. Plans for MSF/MFin programs, looking for advice/criticism regarding plan.