MSF---Vanderbilt VS. BC

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I am comparing the two MSF programs of Vanderbilt and Boston College. Both are my top priority.

Currently I have received the AD from Vandy, and still waiting for BC.

So I really want to get more insight view of the two programs, especially the placement of international student.

I have been heard that the career service of Owen is pretty good. Could anyone please kindly shed some light on this point? My big concern of the Vanderbilt MSF program is its 9-month (a little bit short), plus the location of Nashville may not be very convenient to find internship.

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Feb 6, 2011

Are you eligible to work in the US? That's a big factor for placements.

I wouldn't worry about the length, 9 or 12 months is marginal at best and perhaps you could do an internship with the extra time you have. I'd pick Vandy but it depends on the region you'd like to work in.

Feb 6, 2011

I am currently an undergrad at Vanderbilt who had to choose between coming here and going to BC. One of the major reasons I chose Vandy is because the career placement here is considerably better than BC. Granted the undergrad program is stronger than Owen nationally, there are still a ton of banks/financial firms who are on campus from all over the US.

Feb 17, 2011
cabotmoose:

I am currently an undergrad at Vanderbilt who had to choose between coming here and going to BC. One of the major reasons I chose Vandy is because the career placement here is considerably better than BC. Granted the undergrad program is stronger than Owen nationally, there are still a ton of banks/financial firms who are on campus from all over the US.

Thank you for your suggestions, I have made my decision--Vandy.
By the way, I'm a Chinese girl working in one of the Big Four auditing firm for 2years.
I want to switch my career from accounting to corporate finance.
It seems the MSF program in Vandy is more like CFA. On the other hand, the program in BC is not that related.
Hope for more views~

Feb 7, 2011

You have not told us your nationality so as to answear to you. Where are you from baiyunfly ?

Feb 17, 2011

If I were you, I'd choose Vandy hands down!

Jul 7, 2014

Hi all,

I plan on enrolling into an MSF program this fall with the hope of breaking into IB. I have been accepted to Vanderbilt (no scholarship) and BC ($15,000) - I was leaning towards a definite Vandy before the scholorship, but wanted someone to weigh in just to give me more clarity on which school to attend. I aim on securing an IB job on the East Coast preferably, and think that Vandy has a more extensive network/better OCR than BC - I may be wrong though. Thanks a ton in advance.

Jul 7, 2014

Vanderbilt hands down.

Jul 7, 2014

Vanderbilt

Jul 8, 2014

Thanks @"guyfromct" and @"TraderDaily" !

Jul 8, 2014

Idk if this is 100% true but I have heard that BC is on a serious come up with regards to placement on wall street.. There was a post about it a couple weeks back try searching for it

Jul 8, 2014

BC has a pretty strong alumni base from California. I'm biased but I would choose BC.

Jul 8, 2014

Go to Vandy. Program is better developed. I love BC and think it is a top program, but they are more of a working professional program. Classes are at night. Vandy is during the day and their MBA program is T30.

Jul 8, 2014

Out of those two, go to Vandy. Have you thought of applying to CMC?

Jul 8, 2014

I think Vandy is the better choose and brand. BC has a better location if you planned to work in NYC, but seeing that you are moving to Cali, go with Vandy. Congrats.

Jul 8, 2014

V-V-V-Vandy

Jul 8, 2014

Is it true that Vandy has higher reputation than BC do in the U.S? In China, very few ppl knows Vandy. Weired.

Jul 8, 2014

Go to princeton, cargnie, nyu or something

Jul 8, 2014

Agreed. No prestige factor - they'll ask you why you didnt just do an MBA instead

Jul 8, 2014

they give you a really good shot if you go to a top programme in the uk though.

Jul 8, 2014

I looked at the NYU program and its overly quant based...the degree says "masters in mathematical finance" or something and the syllabus is SUPER quant oriented...just seems like an overkill if you want to get into corporate finance/equity research.

the program seems more geared for derivatives and traders.

And the response to that is I didn't do an MBA because of limited experience i.e. <2 yrs and wanted to make the career change before the MBA..

so hopefully, do this and get into a good finance job and do that for a few years and then can always pursue an MBA

Jul 8, 2014

Is anyone familiar with the princeton program? any idea how its viewed on the street?

Jul 8, 2014
stparsley:

Is anyone familiar with the princeton program? any idea how its viewed on the street?

really hard to get in.

Jul 8, 2014

princeton is legit, not super quant either.

Jul 8, 2014

i've heard BC is decent...I dont mean necessarily getting into Goldman or Morgan but in general to break into the industry at a good firm.

Jul 8, 2014
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