MSF at WUSTL or MSc at LSE

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Wash U - St. Louis comes up in several discussions, and so does LSE, but I haven't heard any discussion about both of them. I am going to start a master's program in the fall, and have already been accepted to the WUSTL CorpFin MSF. Still waiting to hear from LSE.

I would like to eventually end up in a global financial hub, such NYC or London in IBD or PE. WUSTL has an established program with pretty good recruiting, and the MSc Accounting & Finance at LSE seems also well established, but the job market in Europe looks unpromising. And if I look for work in the US after LSE, how will the international degree fare in US recruiting?

Anyone applied to both and chosen one over the other?

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Apr 30, 2013

LSE for London. WUSTL for the US. Getting a job in the UK is tough for a foreigner, keep that in mind.

Mar 15, 2015

Hi, @"TNA" I have been following your posts regularly on WSO and msfhq. I just got accepted into the WUSTL- SMU GMF programme and I just wanted your 2 cents on it. What do you think about the programme ? It is a very new programme and so placement and recruitment stats aren't available yet - I was wondering if you could tell me something about the recruitment stats. I am open to working in the Asia Pacific ( native Indian) . I did speak to Jamie Rapert and she told me a little bit about a few students who have been placed in the current batch ( 2015). It seems to be a competitive programme . I have also applied to LSE Accounting and Finance . It is imperative that I work hard so that I can find a job (hopefully Corp Fin or in IBD for myself in order to pay back loans. So in terms of economic situations in the UK and Asia - Which programme do you think will help me to reach my goals ? Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Mar 15, 2015
Prerna-Gulati:

Hi, @TNA I have been following your posts regularly on WSO and msfhq. I just got accepted into the WUSTL- SMU GMF programme and I just wanted your 2 cents on it. What do you think about the programme ? It is a very new programme and so placement and recruitment stats aren't available yet - I was wondering if you could tell me something about the recruitment stats. I am open to working in the Asia Pacific ( native Indian) . I did speak to Jamie Rapert and she told me a little bit about a few students who have been placed in the current batch ( 2015). It seems to be a competitive programme . I have also applied to LSE Accounting and Finance . It is imperative that I work hard so that I can find a job (hopefully Corp Fin or in IBD for myself in order to pay back loans. So in terms of economic situations in the UK and Asia - Which programme do you think will help me to reach my goals ? Any advice will be highly appreciated.

I think the program is fine and WUSTL knows how to put out a top notch product. It is mainly aimed at international students so placements are probably going to be on a case-by-case basis. I'd say LSE is going to be the better option if you can get it.

As for placements, I have heard that Singapore or Asia in general is "easier" when it comes to finding work. Not sure how true that is. London and the USA are going to require sponsorship. LSE is a target school though so I think you should be ok assuming you interview well and come off professionally. Work experience will be a big plus.

May 1, 2013

WUSTL for the US. LSE if you want to work anywhere else.

May 1, 2013

which ever counter/school you have work authorization in. Without it you will have a really tough time on either continent

May 1, 2013

I got into both, but ended up choosing Villanova. If you are not an EU citizen, the chances of you finding a job in Europe are almost zero.

Mar 13, 2015

THis is true but not for london. Many foreigners end up in London after their one year at LSE. Same goes for the USA. A lot of internationals at vanderbilt last year got jobs way before graduation! So it is possible provided you network well. If you're a hermit, well, that is something else lol

May 1, 2013

I appreciate the feedback guys. I want to set myself apart as much as possible, but not if I can't land a job. I'm an American and have no ties to the UK. Would like to live/work there for a while, but not forever.

May 1, 2013
Ecstatic:

I appreciate the feedback guys. I want to set myself apart as much as possible, but not if I can't land a job. I'm an American and have no ties to the UK. Would like to live/work there for a while, but not forever.

If the work visa situation is anything like the US, I would strongly advise you to stick to a US program. I know a few very smart internationals at US programs who have difficulty in finding full time employment upon graduation based mostly on a lack of a visa sponsorship.

May 1, 2013

I would go to LSE, just because I was an analyst in Dublin and visited london occassionally. Experiencing new things and traveling is definetly fun, especially when you're young. But WUSTL is good too, if you have no interest in new cultural experiences.

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May 2, 2013
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