Profile Evaluation – Msc Finance

Hello! This is my first post, so I hope I obey all Wall Street Oasis rules :)

I want to apply for a Master in Finance. My top choices would be LSE and LBS (MFA). After that HEC, IE and ESADE.
How are my chances for these universities, especially for LSE and LBS? Would it make scene to apply to Oxbridge or is my acceptance too unlikely to make the effort? Are there any other programs that I should consider applying to?

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in International Business Administration @ Vienna University of Economics and Business
Grade Average: 1.5/5 (1 best - 5 worst) - 5th best out of 1168 students

GMAT: 700 (Q47 V40 IR7)

INTERNSHIPS:
M&A - large austrian corporation - 2 months
Financial Advisory - Big4 company - 3 months
Consulting - Big4 company - 6 months ( I will send my application during the second month of this internship)

Thank you very much in advance!

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Aug 9, 2019

Hi Felix321, just trying to help:

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I hope those threads give you a bit more insight.

Aug 12, 2019

Thank you very much! Very helpful!

Aug 12, 2019

Yes for LSE and LBS, no for MFE due to low GMAT

Aug 14, 2019

Ok. Thank you!

Aug 15, 2019

Your profile and stats are good enough of all the programmes you're considering.

From a first look, it seems only the GMAT is the only part of the application that could be below average for some of these masters. Still, an average GMAT means half the people have a lower GMAT. I strongly doubt there wouldn't be any students at Oxbridge masters with a GMAT of 700. The Quant score might be a bit too low for Financial Engineering (as I would assume they prefer 85%-90% or more). But I don't think your chances are low enough to dissuade you from even applying, if Oxbridge is your top pick.

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Aug 26, 2019

Why screw up the fact that you're Top 10 among a 1000+ student cohort (UG GPA) with a 700 GMAT?

To.be honest, if I were you I'd quickly retake the GMAT by aiming to a mid-700 score.

That way, you'll be at the very top.end of applicants at any school. This will hugely reduce your stress levels during and after the strenuous application process.

Aug 27, 2019
Starfall:

Why screw up the fact that you're Top 10 among a 1000+ student cohort (UG GPA) with a 700 GMAT?

To.be honest, if I were you I'd quickly retake the GMAT by aiming to a mid-700 score.

That way, you'll be at the very top.end of applicants at any school. This will hugely reduce your stress levels during and after the strenuous application process.

Agreed

Aug 28, 2019

Unfortunately I don't have the time to retake the GMAT and improve my score to mid-700.

  • Prospective Monkey in Investment Banking - Mergers and Acquisitions
Aug 26, 2019

Would not apply to ESADE, it is completely not worth the fees with the outcome. Esade places really well in undergrad, but their masters are not top notch in Spain, so just imagine outside. You should better apply to Bocconi instead of ESADE.

In the case of IE going for their MiM is something more logical due to their possible impact in your career, not sure about the master in finance though.

Aug 27, 2019
Prospective Monkey in Investment Banking - Mergers and Acquisitions :

Would not apply to ESADE, it is completely not worth the fees with the outcome. Esade places really well in undergrad, but their masters are not top notch in Spain, so just imagine outside. You should better apply to Bocconi instead of ESADE.

In the case of IE going for their MiM is something more logical due to their possible impact in your career, not sure about the master in finance though.

That's exactly what i thought when looking at the thread. The OP put together 1st tier programmes (HEC/LSE/LBS etc) and subpar ones (IE/ESADE). I would suggest to apply to Bocconi (which is comparable with HEC for ldn placement, maybe a bit less prestigious), SSE (tuition fees=0 for EU students), Imperial and Essec. Esade, IE, Edhec, RSM, EmLyon, WBS and school of that kind are safety schools imho.

Aug 28, 2019

Thank you very much for the information. Since my post I have changed my mind and I will not apply to IE and ESADE. I am considering to apply to Bocconi and Imperial instead. What do you think about ESCP?

  • Intern in Investment Banking - Generalist
Aug 27, 2019

Should be in at LBS as long as you do well in the interview given a lot of weight is given to work experience and your GMAT is close to average. LSE more uncertain but doable.

Oxford I would argue quant score is too low and you need something more to differentiate yourself then what you currently have (as everybody has strong academics). As others have mentioned, HEC should definitely be above IE / ESADE given its very strong placement in London.

Aug 28, 2019
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