MSF Decision

Hey guys!

I've recently applied to several MSF programs and got admitted to some of them. My career goal is to enter the US asset management industry upon graduation and i only had internship experience in the banking industry.

I am wondering which program could be better for a finance career in the US. The programs are listed as below.

  1. U Maryland - MSF (Q)
  2. Boston U - MSMF
  3. Duke MQM Finance track
  4. WUSTL MSF (Q)

I personally prefer to choose between Duke and WUSTL but would like to hear any advice. Thanks!

Comments (6)

Dec 20, 2018


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Jan 5, 2019

I think most MSF students are aware that they will start as summer Analysts at the end of the program. Most don't expect to start as associates. Also most of them also know that only 10-20% will get IB. The literature usually makes this quite clear

MSF is a way for non Finance majors to get into Finance. The advantage is that MSFs who do get into IB can expect to become Associates after two years. At which time those who didn't get the MSF will be Ex-Analysts in some MBA Program starting their second year of MBA.

In the end MSF is a second chance for kids who didn't go to Ivy League schools and didn't start interning with IBs in sophomore year. There is very little recruiting by IBs at this stage. One has to to be willing to network to get in.

Jan 3, 2019

WUSTL is a clear choice here based on placement, curriculum and STEM designation.

Jan 3, 2019