MSF schools BC MSF/Villanova MSF/UVA Ms in commerce(finance track)/WUSTL MSF (WAM)

Hi everyone. I am a senior at a top 35 liberal arts college, international student, majoring in Statistics. Had an internship experience at a hedge fund in Hong Kong. I am targeting my career in IB/Asset Management ideally. Planning to work either in NYC/Boston or Hong Kong. Prefer in the US. I have applied for several business school finance programs and got into the following ones. Advice needed for entering financial industry! Thank you so much!!

  1. Washington University in St Louis, MSF Wealth and asset management track, no STEM
    pros: good school reputation, MSF program is recognized on wall street(I guess)
    cons: location is not good, this WAM track is new, don't know the replacement yet

3.UVA MS in Commerce, Finance track, no STEM yet, heard of that they are applying for STEM
Pros: (semi) target school on the street, recognizable program, good placement
cons: not many international students, school reputation is okay

  1. Boston College, MSF, STEM
    pros: good location, STEM, academic is good
    cons: not sure about the placement, school ranking is average

4.Villanova University, MSF, no STEM
Pros: good placement, great alumnae network, good location
cons: reputation, not recognizable outside the US

Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!

Comments (9)

Best Response
Apr 21, 2018

Villanova is your worst choice. Toss it.

I think UVA is the best school, but I'd go with Boston.

Location is where you want, brand is well know and strong, and STEM.

Apr 21, 2018

UVA here is the clear winner.

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Apr 21, 2018

Thank you for replying! Can you explain a bit more? Is it because that McIntire school itself is recognizable on the street?

Apr 21, 2018

Published placement statistics.

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Apr 23, 2018

High risk high reward. After OCR you'd be on your own @ UVA's no-jobs-ville

And yes Boston college not as hot as UVA but location might help big to find h1b employers

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Apr 23, 2018

How strong is the OCR of UVA? Would you think that help much? Thank you!

Apr 23, 2018

Idk how you'd pit. They have undergrad and McIntire chasing the same thing. Every school is like this too. It starts in a flash like days after your mock orientation

Jun 20, 2018

Hi Vicky, so you are in the MS Commerce class of 2019 right? I'm also an incoming student of the program, and I'm also an international student. I think UVA is the best choice here, from what I've heard/known/people I've talked to.

Jun 15, 2019