MSc in Finance advice and profile evaluation

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Hello monkeys,
I'm a second year student at a non-target university.
I'll be graduating with a 28/30 final GPA or a little higher and I'm expecting to get at least a 700 on my GMAT. I have a brief international experience in Switzerland (Lausanne) and will be studying 6 months at the Nova Business School in Lisbon with an Erasmus grant. I fluently speak Italian, English and have a B2 knowledge of French.
To date I have no official internship experience.
The programs I'm considering are these, listed by personal preference: (1) MSc in Finance at Bocconi (2) HSG MA in Banking and Finance at St. Gallen (3) MSc in Finance at SSE (4) International Master in Finance at Nova.

How do you see my chances?
I'm very much open to suggestions.
Thank you in advance for your time.

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Comments (12)

Feb 21, 2017

Nail GMAT, you should easily get Bocconi. Stay close to home and work in Italian banking, rather than going abroad. Bocconi also places well into London IBD.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Feb 21, 2017

Thank you for your answer.
What is the range for which you consider the GMAT to be nailed? Is any result >=700 enough?

Feb 21, 2017

I think Bocconi is 650+. Though a 700+ GMAT will surely put you in good stead.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Feb 21, 2017

That's okay, thank you again for your advice.

Feb 21, 2017

Might as well apply to HEC Paris too.

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Feb 21, 2017

I didn't consider it, as with LSE, because I thought that having no internship would basically round my chances of success to 0.

Feb 21, 2017

I've already been admitted to LSE for next year with no internship, some non-finance work experience.. so apply for sure.

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Feb 21, 2017

Well, then I'll definitely apply.
Thank you for you answer and congratulations on your admission!

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Feb 21, 2017

It's a very competitive program but if you score 700+ an the application fee isn't a problem for you then there's nothing to lose in applying. Where do you want to work after graduation?

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Feb 21, 2017

At this point in time I only really know that I'd like to continue towards investment banking. I'm interested in M&A but also open to the other fields, since I think there is so much for me to still discover within the investment banking spectrum.

Apr 4, 2017

Hi,

I will go for Bocconi! There are many Bocconi Alumni in London Finance, so I think you can benefit more during networking I guess?