Oxford MFE vs. MIT MFin

I have seen the discussion before on this topic, but would like updated thoughts on this. Particular questions:

  1. Reputation of Oxford vs. MIT worldwide. Any difference in brands?
  2. Difference between Master's in Finance vs. Financial Economics. Are both seen as practical finance degrees?
  3. Misc: Post-Employment outcomes, cost of attendance, quality of student body, etc. Anyone have thoughts to add here?


Comments (11)

Feb 2, 2019

I think MIT is stronger especially for markets side. Program is demanding but will give you shoots everywhere! Whilst Oxford is also very strong, MIT gives you better exposition in either markets or IBD.

I'd go for MIT's MSF

And from my personal point of view, I'd pick Oxford only for computational finance or mathematical finance

Feb 2, 2019

Which is stronger for top investment banks or management consulting? Considering these fields care more about prestige than actual learning, could Oxford have an edge?

Feb 2, 2019

If you're targeting IBD or MBB then yes I'd go with Oxford. I've had a more quant point of view :)

Feb 2, 2019

Do you want to work in the UK or the US? That's your deciding factor in my opinion.

Regarding your other questions, there are obviously differences but nothing of major importance compared to the respective locations of the programmes.

Feb 2, 2019

I think either is fine. More focused on best job/employer and recognition of degree over course of career

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Feb 2, 2019

Another question I guess is just on content: I'm assuming financial economics is less useful than just finance from a straight content perspective. Do banks factor this in at all?

Feb 3, 2019

I'd say MIT is the better program, but both have a globally recognized brand. If you are a US citizen and want to work in the US, I'd say go with MIT. If you are international and are OK working anywhere, then Oxford might win out, but I still think the material MIT teaches, the reputation and location would all make it the winner.

Feb 2, 2019

As in the education is better? I guess I'm just wondering whether this makes a difference in IB/MC - all else being equal

Feb 2, 2019