MFIN vs. MBA in Europe ? How to decide ?

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Hi all, I am a BA with an accounting background and am working at one of the big 4 companies for almost 2 years now.In order to get a foot in the door in the IB industry I want to pursue a master. I got offers so far for the MFIN from CASS/ Warwick / IE / Esade, furthermore I got an offer for the MBA at Esade, which really got me thinking which master to choose.
I would be really grateful if you could give me some advice on which master/ school to pick in order to get a foot in the door in the IB industry! Thank you all for your advice !

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Feb 12, 2015

Warwick.

Feb 17, 2015

Anybody else ?

Feb 17, 2015

Anybody else ?

Feb 17, 2015

Warwick hands down!

Feb 17, 2015

I would not be as sure as the others! Warwick is definitely a top choice where you would not have any downside risk. However, isn't a MBA generally more valuable? And IE climbs the ladder in rankings.

Overall, I think I would also pick Warwick. Whats with Oxbridge/LSE/LBS

Feb 17, 2015

You start as an analyst after a master's and as an associate after an MBA. If you believe you're competitive at the MBA-level and your school has good recruiting an MBA would give a pretty significantly better ROI. I don't know the competition at the MBA-level in Europe so maybe someone else can chime in on that.

Feb 17, 2015

I believe with 2 years of big 4 (audit?) it will be tough to get into a decent mba program (LBS, Oxford, Cambridge). I think going Warwick is your best bet to at least get to something closer to IBD. Warwick 1-year programs are not a huge commitment financially, so after 2 years in your new job ( if its not IBD already) you can still go the mba route... Getting IBD out of an MBA is not as easy as it is in the US (there was a posting about 80-90% who want IBD get it out of m7 or top10 I don't remember)

Feb 18, 2015

Thank you guys for your answers so far! Currently I am working in the line of Service Asset Management and Real Estate Services. The worries I have about doing a MBA at this stage is that I have so far no experience in IBD and doubt that any bank would recruit a non experienced graduate as an associate. If I do a MBA and have to start on the Analyst Level on the other hand I believe that I have a disadvantage in comparison to the Finance graduates, because they have a more in depth knowledge of Finance. What do you think?

Furthermore what is wrong with the MFIN at Esade / IE ?

Thank you in advance!

Feb 18, 2015

Esade and IE don't place as well as warwick does. They are still fine programs, but I think IBD from Warwick should be easier.

Feb 18, 2015

How much hiring into IBD Associates is there? None of the EBs i can see have MBA programmes?

Feb 18, 2015

Cambridge MFin

Feb 18, 2015
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