MSF - WUSTL vs ASU

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Gooday chiefs,

Hope you all are doing well in these troubled times.

I have received MSF admits from ASU (WP Carey) and WUSTL (Olin) for the 2020 intake (No idea when it will start given the current situation). (Awaiting decision from Simon)

The ASU program is a 1 year course with STEM designation. For WUSTL I have the Asset Management track for 18 months, which isn't STEM.

I'm an Indian student with 2 yrs of big4-IB. I am looking to break in to HF industry post my program.

From what i understand WUSTL course is very highly rated. Also, it is relatively closer to the east coast and Chicago. However the STEM designation of ASU program allows me to have 24 months OPT visa extension, in addition to the 12 months allowed for non-stem masters.

Keeping the above facts in mind, would you guys recommend choosing the relatively okay-ish STEM ASU course or going for the highly-rated non-STEM WUSTL course?

Thank you for your help and take care.

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  • Analyst 1 in HF - Event
Mar 25, 2020 - 3:20pm

While anything is possible from anywhere, I'm not sure what the typical trajectory is from those schools....esp for HF

Did you apply to Georgetown or MIT?

thots & prayers
 
Mar 25, 2020 - 4:10pm

I live in Arizona and I wouldn’t go to ASU’s master in finance program. Arizona is a dead spot for business since there’s like no headquarters here and 99% jobs are going to be operations, call center, or sales based. I’ve met 3 people with a MSF from there and they were at call center roles with brokers. don’t do it

 
Jul 6, 2020 - 4:06am

Did my UG at ASU. You should go to WUSTL hands down. I looked into doing the program before my senior year and came away unimpressed after talking with one of the heads of the program. @Sloppydro was spot on when he said that a lot of the roles people take are at call centers, ops, etc (Vanguard recruits a lot of people for call center jobs). My conversation with the program director confirmed that. Something else to consider is that during my 4 years at ASU I only saw 2-3 HF postings in total. Wellington had a job posting on the board my senior year but were only accepting applications from MBA students.

As a grad student you'll be eligible for the SIM Fund, which isn't unique to ASU (most schools have student-managed funds). The year after I graduated they added an ESG fund in partnership with Blackrock, however that may be for UG only.

After all that I should also say that I loved my time at ASU and would do it again, however, I would never get a masters from the school.

Feel free to PM me if you end up attending or have further questions.

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