Profile Evaluation Msc finance

Hi everyone!

I will apply for several Masters in Finance (entry in September 2021). I would like to work in London (IB - M&A, ECM, DCM)
I would say that my personal ranking is the following one :
Dream : LBS, LSE A&F, Bocconi
Competitive : Imperial, UCL, Esade
Safe : Cass

  • Background:
    1) Two-year intensive preparation to the highly competitive admission to the leading Business Schools. Ranked 2nd out of 70 students (fortes: Mathematics and Economy). Highest Honors. GPA : 4
    2) Master in Management at a French Business School. (Ranked 6th best French business school) Major : Finance. Grade : 13/20 (GPA 3)
    3) I will have an exchange semester in China starting in September but it may be cancelled

  • Work Experience :
    Internship at a top insurance company (Client relationship)
    Apprenticeship as Loan Sales (Front office) at a top French Bank during 2 years in Paris

  • Bloomberg Market Concepts certification

  • GMAT : 680
  • Extracurriculars : Audiovisual Association : Managed audiovisual projects involving 10 people (shooting, clip, editing)

  • Sports aficionado; played soccer for 14 years at a high level of competition until age 19 (Île-de-France regional championship), Vice Champion of the national business school Championship in 2019

What do you think about my profile given the dream/competitive/safe schools I will apply for ?

Thank you in advance !!

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  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 10, 2020 - 6:38am

you mean why do I want a master ? if it's what you mean :

  • my CV never gets through the screening of BB's and M&A boutiques, I aim a target or semi target school in London. my current french school never places students in London IB
  • I need a strong knowledge of Corporate Finance, my current knowledge is quite weak is this field.
  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 10, 2020 - 7:06am
Intern in S&amp;T - <span><a href=/finance-dictionary/what-is-fixed-income-FI><abbr title=fixed income>FI</abbr></a></span>:

you mean why do I want a master ? if it's what you mean :

  • my CV never gets through the screening of BB's and M&A boutiques, I aim a target or semi target school in London. my current french school never places students in London IB
  • I need a strong knowledge of Corporate Finance, my current knowledge is quite weak is this field.

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:37am

I don't know much about Bocconi, but you have a good chance to be accepted to all the others. Consider retaking the GMAT and scoring 700+ to improve your chances. Best of luck!

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Jun 10, 2020 - 6:55am

your undergrad gpa (the 4.00) is obviously fantastic. I did not notice your MIM gpa and just looked into it. email your college and try to figure out which gpa would they look at more strongly. if it's your MIM gpa, you're fucked

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:02am

I am bit confused by your profile, will you be completing a 2 year MiM degree next year? Pursuing another masters degree in a similar area is a really weird move. I certainly wouldn't pursue another 2 year degree (Bocconi). What do you mean by your first point in the background section: "Two-year intensive preparation to the highly competitive admission to the leading Business Schools" ??

Otherwise: For LBS and LSE your GMAT is on the lower side of the range, there are a bunch of people admitted with sub 700 scores, but I'd consider retaking the GMAT if you have the time. LBS loves people who have lived in multiple countries, so the China exchange would obviously be a plus. No one cares about the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate, you can't even fail the thing.

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 11, 2020 - 11:24am

I did a master in MANAGEMENT and I would like to do a master in FINANCE. The financial courses taught during the MiM are very poor (neither practical nor theoretical). the move is very simple and many french students have already followed this path (from a semi target FR school to LSE/LBS/Imperial)

my first two-year programme is "Prepa", the french system wants students to work very hard during 2 years to be admitted to business schools (Programme Grande Ecole). A large majority of HEC ESSEC ESCP working in London have followed this path.

my GMAT is an expected score, thank you for your advice, I will try to reach 700+

you are right, the 2-year programme of bocconi seems to be quite long for me.

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 11, 2020 - 2:38pm

I will give it a shot !
what do you think about my work experience compared to other applicants for these schools?

what do you think if I apply for the msc A&F of Imperial instead of the Msc finance ? the selectivity of msc A&F seems lower than that of msc Finance, whereas the IB placement in London is almost the same.

thanks in advance

  • Prospect in Other
Jun 11, 2020 - 1:01pm

I would say since you have time, build up on your extra currics, TEDx maybe at your school. (thats what I did and fuckin aye everyone goes gaga looking at that). GMAT yes, you need good GMAT/GRE to prove you smart. also if you end up with some extras, CFA lvl 1.LBS MFA straight out asks *if you have a cfa lvl 1,2,3, ergo it matters to them. Do something finance related before applying to show you are into it. I myself will be applying 2 years from now and am already prepping for it.
Finally, Oxford Said is also a bitch you might wanna look at, strong curriculum and brand equity.

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 11, 2020 - 2:41pm

thank you for your advice
I will try to boost my GMAT

but Oxford Said is too selective for me in terms of grades... I spoke to current students and they are top 1% of their promotion !
do you think that Msc finance Cambridge is as selective as Oxford in terms of grades ?

  • Prospect in Other
Jun 11, 2020 - 2:47pm

well, msc finance at Cambridge is a whole different situation, not the first choice for direct grads with limited work ex. As fas as Oxford is concerned, grades do matter but like other places, not the whole picture. You can cover up with a strong gmat and acads of the coming year. Maybe a CFA level one.

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  • Prospect in AM - Equities
Jun 16, 2020 - 8:42am

I just want to say I've seen a few profiles from LBS MFA that has previously done a masters at other European school (not necessarily French schools but MiM from Bocconi or German/Swedish school) so it's not impossible

I saw someone with a 660 GMAT admitted to MFA but he goes to a university in the Middle East, which is rare in the applicant pool. I think nationality definitely plays an important role here because LBS has nationality targets to make sure the class is diversified. So I think your competition really comes from the Italian applicant pool. Have you start reaching out to alumni from LBS? I think if you can leverage your network and show that during the interview (they'll ask if you know any LBS alumni) that would help with your application, and if you ever got waitlisted after an interview, an alumni recommendation letter could push you to an offer.

Disclaimer: this is based on what I have researched, I myself am also applying for 2021 intake

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Jun 19, 2020 - 5:54pm

thank you ? what do you think about my grades ? it seems that some schools are more focus on grades than other for the admission

  • Intern in S&T - FI
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