profile evaluation for duke mms or other msf

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Hello everybody,
I am an international applicant trying to decide which programs to apply for msf in US.
My Profile:
undergraduate - mechanical engg
GPA - 3.3
GRE - 312 161q 151v
TOEFL - 93
WE -(1) 6 months as a trainee trader in a prop shop (not as a quant) in US equities
(2)6 months as forex trader
(3) currently working (since 1st nov 2013) as a junior trader in futures-derivative in fixed income, interest rate as well as commodity across Ice, Liffe and Cme exchanges
EC: strong ec's, plenty of leadership experience. Have published paper though nothing related to finance.

I am considering applying to (in my preference order)

1. Duke mms (personally more inclined due to reputation and placement)
2. USC msf (good university and good program)
3. Tamu msf (good university but dont know about program)
4. Purdue msf (good university and overall program)
5. case western reserve msmf (good uni. dont know about program)
6. Arizona msf (good overall program)

Not applying to OSU as they do not accept GRE. Placement at UIUC are a big concern so not sure. According to the Ross website, TOEFL score of 100 is highly recommended. As I have less score don't know whether eligible for admission or not(have mailed, didn't got any reply). Also not eligible at virginia.
I want to know if i have chance at one of these programs and whether there are any other good programs to apply with my stats.
my professional aspiration is to break into IB. I am not targeting BBs as they are long shot. Which program will offer me the best shot at MMs or boutiques. As I am an international student location is not a constraint.

Urgent help needed. Maybe Anthony(TNA), and other experts can weigh in.
Thank you in advance.

Comments (10)

Sep 24, 2013

no one there ?
please help guys.

Sep 24, 2013

I'll reply back in a couple hours. Hold tight.

Sep 24, 2013

ok :)

Sep 29, 2013

Your chances are poor. According to the GRE to GMAT converter your predicted GMAT was a 590, 28 V, 42Q. Duke's listed average is 660, 3.4 and that's a bit out of date, the GMAT has probably crept up a bit. None of these factors by themselves would be a ding, but together the ad com would wonder if you could hack the academics, a 28 V is really low and a 42Q is not so hot for an engineer.

Sep 29, 2013

Thank you for the reply futurectdoc. could you please give me suggestions for other msf programs and where I could have best shot.

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Sep 29, 2013

Unless you get your GMAT up, you're not really in contention for any of them that are worthwhile, a 28V is awful and a 42Q is awful for an engineer.

Nov 30, 2013

I don't know. I feel like the gating issue with Duke will be the lower TOFEL which is confirmed by the low verbal score when you map the GRE to the GMAT. I'd say you have a 50/50 chance, maybe slightly better as Duke has increased competition this year (ND, UMich).

I think you have a standard shot at the other schools since they all accept large numbers of international students. Keep working on those English skills as they will be important when you apply for jobs after your masters.

Dec 1, 2013

Thank you very much for your reply.
And yes I've started working on my English skills.Can you suggest me some other schools which could be a good fit for my profile.
Thank you in advance.

Dec 4, 2013

Wake Forest has an MA in Management

Dec 5, 2013