I am applying to some MSc in Finance programs to start in September 2019 and I believe I could use your help to make a better final decision.
BSc in Management at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon, Portugal)
Exchange: Korea University Business School (Seoul, Korea)
GPA: 17.1/20 - First Class Honors (top 5%)
GMAT: 720 (Q49 V38)
Relevant work experience:
Summer Analyst at one of the MBB (secured FT offer to start after completing the master program)
University clubs (consulting and trading)
Sports (former federate football and judo player)
So, I've applied already to HEC (Master in International Finance), SSE (MSc Finance) and Bocconi (Msc Finance). Also considering applying to LSE (MSc Finance and Private Equity).
I believe all of them are top schools. Would say that LSE and HEC are clearly top tier, Bocconi lies between top and second tier, and SSE is second tier.
However, besides reputation there are some other issues that will play a big role on my decision:
- Tuitions + Living Costs (SSE is a free tuition program since I am a EU citizen; Bocconi I heard I may have a chance of getting a scholarship)
- Program Length (I would go for 2 year programs since I'm not sure about what I would like to do next - both PE and IB are solid options, however I would need to reject the MBB, which is clearly a difficult decision, and also would give me the chance to do an internship in Finance, something that lacks in my CV)
- Fun (this is surely not the most important factor, however as a party lover I would struggle having a purely academic experience so this is something I would like to consider as well)
I feel tempted to go for Bocconi especially if I get a scholarship (what do you think guys? Based on my profile what are my real chances?). LSE and HEC are just unaffordable for me (would need to ask for credit to my bank) and I believe it would be extremely difficult to have a scholarship. SSE is a solid option as well but I feel it is still quite below Bocconi when comparing reputation, placement, program structure, etc. However, since it would cost literally 0EU (not considering the living costs), if I don't get a scholarship at Bocconi I'm not sure Bocconi is worth more 24kEU (tuition cost) than SSE.
Do you guys have any advice for me? Thank you very much.