Msc Finance; Bocconi, HEC, IE or RSM for a second master?

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Hi,

I was wondering which school you would recommend me to apply for? I want to pursue a master in Finance in addition to my engineering master in industrial economics which I will complete in the coming spring.

Profile,
Age: born 92
Nationality: Swedish
Education: Engineering Master in industrial economics (mix of technical, mathematical and economical curriculum). Well known and highly regarded in Sweden, but unknown internationally.
GPA: around 3.0
GMAT: 720 (qt 48, v 41, ir 6, awa 3,5) high but not well balanced.
Languages: Swedish, English, French and a bit of Italian.
Work experience: No relevant job experiences or internships.

My current academical background gives me a solid platform, however it's not that specialized so I wish to take a second master in order to get into the Finace industry, preferably in London.

I'm considering Bocconi since their 2 years program will allow me to get a relevant internship before I graduate. But since I'm not that young anymore, I should perhaps consider one-year programs instead.

Since my GMAT is not that well balanced, I think it would be difficult to get in at LSE or SSE.
Which school do you think would be best for me and how do you think my chances are of getting in?

Thanks!

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Dec 7, 2015

Let's be honest fella, if you want to work in "finance" BB or EB or even good boutiques you have to get a OxBridge/LSE/Warwick/LBS master. HEC, IE and Bocconi great if you want to work in Paris, Madrid, and Milan, respectively. RSM Benelux good reputation but I can't tell on ops.

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Dec 7, 2015
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Let's be honest fella, if you want to work in "finance" BB or EB or even good boutiques you have to get a OxBridge/LSE/Warwick/LBS master. HEC, IE and Bocconi great if you want to work in Paris, Madrid, and Milan, respectively. RSM Benelux good reputation but I can't tell on ops.

Pretty much agree there but there has been a pretty big exodus to London from Paris/Milan for HEC/Bocconi grads. Not that this is turning those schools into targets for London banks, but it makes networking into them easier.

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Feb 27, 2016

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Dec 9, 2015

Thanks for your inputs!

Given the requirements (well balanced GMAT 700+) for MscFi at the british schools, I think my chances are poor of getting in to Warwick or Oxbridge. For which schools do you think I have a fair shoot of getting accepted?

Since I don't have any relevant work experience or internships I'm thinking that a two years Msc would give me the chance to get internship experience before graduating. Do you think this is an important aspect to be taken into consideration, or should I stick with the one-year programs?

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Dec 10, 2015

Well, two years gives you higher chances of getting an internship maybe two. Analyst get hired "mostly" from their internship scheme. I have friends who did spring inside, summer internships and "off cycle" internship before getting a full time offer (going BNP/LZD/GS), however at LSE you have Rothschild, Lazard and more coming to knocking at your door. I think GMAT 720 is good enough to get you into Ivy league as long as you can provide a compelling story. the essays are key and you speak a fair amount of languages. I'd give it a shot at any high ranked UK school, HEC and Bocconi. Good luck

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Dec 10, 2015

apply to SSE. Strong curriculum, great extracurriculars, great location, exchange semester at top business(some Ivies). I'd only apply to HEC, RSM, SSE. And yes, SSE is not as selective as LSE. So yes, I think you can get in.

Dec 14, 2015

Thank you for the advices!

I'll give LSE a shoot!
I'll also apply for SSE as an option, hopefully they'll ignore my low AWA-score. Which one would you recommend between SSE and Bocconi, given that I'm Swedish? SSE would be easier socially but perhaps Bocconi would allow me to have a wider scope of possible employment if I'll manage to learn Italian. I also think I'll force myself to use more english if I'm outside my home country.

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Dec 15, 2015

If you manage to speak italian and work in italian then Bocconi will get you in 100% in Milan and at least 50% in London. Although the closer to London the better for networking and attend events.

Jan 23, 2016