MSF Baruch vs MSF Lindner (UC)

Hi all,

I'm an international student, been with the BO of GS for 2 years now in an Asian office and want to rebrand as an IB analyst (hopefully get into Portfolio Mgmt). GPA- 3.97(BSc in Eco, Math, Stats), and GRE- 155(Q) 161(V).
I have offers from Syracuse, Simon (Rochester) and others but my budget only allows me to look at 2 of them : Baruch-Zicklin and Cincinnati-Lindner.

I've heard mixed reviews about Baruch and looks like most placements are in BO/MO positions which is definitely not something I'm looking at because that's what I am doing right now. I have been given a chance to move to a MO role as well at my current firm but I want to be a part of the decision making divisions which is why I'm here. On the upside, Baruch's location is awesome.
On the other hand, I've heard zilch about UC's MSF program so far.

Any Zicklin/Lindner alumni members out there who can please advise what these B schools are really like in terms of their networking opportunities, program, placement records etc. Really appreciate any advise that comes my way.


Comments (9)

Apr 23, 2015 - 5:41am

Hi I have myself got admit to Rochester and Lindner and waiting to hear from Baruch. After having spoken to people working in NY they tell me to go for a school which has a better location definitely Baruch. Also when it comes to job, you need to prove yourself to the employers in terms of knowledge you have in finance and some additional certifications like CFA. they don't care which school you graduated from unless its MIT or Stanford then you have a strong stand on your résumé.

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:35am

none of those MSF will strongly prep you as an IB analyst. it has been stressed many times on WSO that no MSF is a IB feeder. you got to network and do many more things.

With that said, if you want to work in NY, why on earth would you study in Cincinnati? It's not a strong brand, can't even take down Ohio State /Case Western in quantitative aspects. Also your BS degree brand matters.

Rochester & Baruch would give you a better chance. Honestly, Rochester is a stronger brand outside of NYC. for NYC though, they may be on a tie just because Baruch is in NYC, and it helps you with intern experiences

Apr 24, 2015 - 10:09am

your hope is more likely, only if alums of your whatever MSF program find it easy to do.

You can sure go for the roads less traveled, but it is also much less likely to happen for you, because you simply have to build every foundational building block to make everything happen.

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:17am

Hands down Baruch over Cincinnati. It's difficult to recruit for BB IB as an MSF wherever you go, but Baruch at least has the advantage of being in NY. As mentioned previously, networking is the best thing you can do to get a job in this field. In terms of the curriculum, I know nothing about Cincinnati, but heard Baruch's program is heavily quant (may be a good fit for your econ/math/stats background or may not if you want to get more corp fin exposure in your next degree).

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:14am

hey Kat.. I have got an admit into Baruch. I am from India and an international student. Can we connect and discuss about internships and job opportunities if I opt for MSF at Baruch considering I have 3 years experience from Big4 firms

Jul 25, 2015 - 2:02am

If you were my client, I would advise you to attend Baruch. They draw practitioners and your network is a walk or subway ride away. Natalie

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