I'm planning to apply to several Masters and currently have narrowed the list down to:
Tier 1: Bocconi MSF, LBS MFA or MiM, LSE MSc Finance
Tier 2: HEC, SSE and Imperial, NES (Russian school)
- Bachelor of Science in Economics (Finance track) from #1 Russian university in Economics, Finance, and one of the best Russian universities overall. Research university + math and statistics/econometrics loaded + main feeder to Russian financial sector.
- GPA 3.5/4
- 720 GMAT (Q49, V39)
- Close to one year of work experience in a VC fund as an investment analyst
However, regarding the list of the programs above: I screwed things up at my first attempt on GMAT and got only 680 (Q48, V35) and sent these results to HEC, SSE and Imperial. Potentially, I can resend the improved GMAT to them.
My main worry is that my GPA is quite low. But that's because I was somewhat careless my first year and I improved during the years.
So anyway, what do you guys think of my chances and what can you recommend regarding program choice?
One of the downsides of LBS/LSE compared to Bocconi is the fact that their degrees doesn't allow to pursue a PhD. And I'm still open minded about getting a PhD. But not that crucial.