Profile evaluation for Master in Finance please

Hi guys, I just finished my undergrad and aiming a Master in Finance program in Europe or US. My biggest goal is entering BB IB (Europe, US, HK, Singapore).  I can speak Mandarin and little bit German (A2~B1)


Undergrad: Top 20 in Asia (according to QS)

GPA: 3.6/4.0

GMAT: 700

Internship: 4 (start-up, audit, s&t, corporate banking)

Extracurricular: equity research team mentor in club, 6 months exchange in Germany

Given my background, I picked some dream school I would like to apply

  1. LBS

  2. St. Gallen

  3. Bocconi

  4. Imperial

  5. WHU

  6. FSFM

  7. Olin

  8. McCombs

  9. Marshall

  10. John Hopkins

These are all fantastic school for me, but I would like to narrow to 5 schools since I don't have much time to prepare and have a budget on admission fee.

Can someone help me narrow down the list based on my profile (not qualify enough etc.)? 

Thanks a lot!

WSO Elite Modeling Package

  • 6 courses to mastery: Excel, Financial Statement, LBO, M&A, Valuation and DCF
  • Elite instructors from top BB investment banks and private equity megafunds
  • Includes Company DB + Video Library Access (1 year)

Comments (13)

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Aug 15, 2021 - 10:49am

Vanderbilt/MIT is better than every US program listed. Look there.

Aug 15, 2021 - 10:53am

About that, based on my profile I feel that applying MIT is a waste of money since it's too prestige.

Also, I heard that Vanderbilt doesn't accept much international students (only 12%)

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 7:53pm

GRE isn't required for some schools this year (due to the pandemic), so if you are basing that assumption on your GRE score, you might still be a good candidate for the other schools

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Aug 22, 2021 - 5:37pm

The average GMAT is like 710. 700 is hardly an issue and LBS cares way more about work experience anyway

Learn More

300+ video lessons across 6 modeling courses taught by elite practitioners at the top investment banks and private equity funds -- Excel Modeling -- Financial Statement Modeling -- M&A Modeling -- LBO Modeling -- DCF and Valuation Modeling -- ALL INCLUDED + 2 Huge Bonuses.

Learn more
  • Consultant in Consulting
Aug 22, 2021 - 7:36pm

Untrue, what AN2 said, I believe OP has a great shot at LBS.

His stats would be an issue for Oxbridge, Princeton, MIT only, and maybe LSE.

OP I would also narrow down where you want to work and target programs in this geography.

  • Business School in IB-M&A
Aug 31, 2021 - 8:09am

Go to WHU no doubt if choosing to study in DACH region. WHU students gets placed well in IB and PE in DACH and also in London.

Sep 13, 2021 - 8:51am

I am just now looking at this topic. Will like to clear out that LBS with no work experience (0-2) has MFA degree (Masters in Financial Analysis) not MFIN (3+ exp). In this case the profile has a decent shot at LBS, but not as easy as everyone seems to make it out to be. Might as well give LSE a shot while you are at it. 
Given your profile - I would ignore everything 4 down (Imperial, WHU, FSFM...). JHU is also a cash cow (attracts a lot of asians but the program is not worth it). I would say for U.S. apply to Vandy only. U.K apply to LBS/LSE. Rest of Europe - HEC-Paris, St. Gallen, IE. 

BTW - Hec-Paris can be contested to have the best MFIN program is Europe (Debatable) and places well in U.K. Your profile would be a good shot at it. Its a better school than St. Gallen and Bocconi. These two schools are also known as mostly "regional" European schools. While a great program, their MFIN program only places within the country and not much in U.K as compared to HEC. Plus you better have some regional language learned!

Good Luck!

Most Helpful
Sep 14, 2021 - 12:31pm

Ipsa aliquam quia fugit officiis. Sed eos nihil sequi velit sunt modi alias. Nulla est rerum maiores nemo voluptatibus.

Amet doloremque aut nobis omnis voluptas est tenetur voluptatem. Ullam doloribus omnis ipsa velit distinctio aspernatur voluptatem. Reiciendis aliquam ea omnis recusandae nihil. Vitae ullam minima asperiores. Totam et quasi unde error velit officia.

In dolores cumque voluptas perspiciatis veritatis ullam rerum debitis. Sint et voluptas iste quo iste cupiditate. Odio pariatur aut rerum non a. Autem delectus et eum. Optio neque iusto hic tenetur. Placeat dolorem illo blanditiis necessitatibus. Nemo expedita eos quia saepe quia quia.

Quo quia quis non eum. Voluptatem distinctio id numquam. Nam provident vero et nihil.

Start Discussion

Total Avg Compensation

September 2021 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (10) $853
  • Vice President (39) $363
  • Associates (220) $232
  • 2nd Year Analyst (135) $154
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (30) $147
  • Intern/Summer Associate (103) $143
  • 1st Year Analyst (487) $135
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (378) $82