Profile Evaluation: MSc in Finance at LBS, LSE, Imperial, Said or MIT

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Hey Everyone,

I am currently in my second year at Business school and want to take my Masters in Finance in either UK or in the US.

My preferred schools:
- LBS MFA
- LSE MFIN
- Imperial MFIN
- Said MFIN
- Judge

I dont know any universities in the US other than Princeton and MIT that offers a MFIN. I dont think I stand a chance at those two. Is there any other universities in the US I should check out?
My plan after school is to getting into IB at a boutique investment bank, preferrably in London or in NYC.

Quick Stats:
University: xxx (Top ranked business school in xxx, Source: Financial Times)
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Economics
Current GPA: 4.3/5. (I dont know how UK converts that GPA into their grading system)
GMAT: 720

Work experience:
- Summer Analyst at a Securities firm specializing in fixed income.
- After the summer internship I started working part time while studying. (been working in this position 1/2 a year now)

  • Currently in pursuit of a 2nd summer intenship.

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Do I have any chance in getting admitted in any of the schools listed above?
Personally I would love getting admitted into LBS MFA, but I fear my GPA is a bit weak.

I just began my fourth semester, so there's still room for some improvements on my profile before admitting. Any suggestions for improvements?

Comments (18)

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 15, 2020

Your profile is strong.

LSE: Unlikely, given their academic focus they focus a lot on GPA, research etc.
LBS: If you can improve your GMAT by 20pts or more, you have a pretty good chance. They value work experience and strong GMAT scores.
ImperialCollege: You could get in with your current profile.

I have no idea about US schools.

*EDIT: I forgot to mention Said. They have the same approach as LSE, so I think that your chances are similar. That being said, Oxford is a top brand, but Said is not on par. If I were you, I would aim for LBS

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Jan 15, 2020

Thanks for a helpful response. I will try to improve my GPA, but I doubt I can improve it more than 20pts through 1 semester.
My plan was admitting after this summer.

Do you have an opionon on what is better:
- admit an early application with a GPA of 4.4 after summer OR
- Wait to apply after the fifth semester (January 2021) with a GPA of 4.6

I have one terrible grade in a subject that will improve my overall GPA alot (20pts) if i retake it. I cant do it this semester because it collides with another subject, so unfortunately I have to wait a semester.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 15, 2020

It is not an easy decision. It is easier to be admitted in the early application period, so I think that maybe the increase in GPA would be offset by the increase in competency.

I think that your best chance would be to keep your GPA as high as possible, retake GMAT and increase it to +740 and apply during early application round. I think that if you manage to increase your GMAT before applications open, you have a really solid profile for most of the programmes, being Imperial College your safe bet and LBS a very probable option

    • 1
Jan 15, 2020

LBS does not require GMAT if you pass CFA level 1 (which is in my case). Do you think this will put me at a disadvantage as compared to the guys that did GMAT?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 15, 2020

It can put you at disadvantage. It depends on what GMAT score could you achieve. If you take GMAT and score well over 700, it will be a disadvantage for you to not take it, because your profile will be worse than what it could be. However, a lower score (under 700) would make no contribution to your application. Think that avg LBS MFA GMAT score is approx 720, so they get plenty of applicants with high GMAT scores and probably a good number of applicants with CFA.

CFA shows that you are really devoted to finance, but GMAT is what matters the most when applying to B.S.

    • 1
Jan 15, 2020

With 4.3 and BI, as opposed to Norwegian School of Economics, you are probably good for Imperial Finance and Accounting. The others are a reach

Jan 15, 2020

Can't hurt to apply to all. Also, Said is a strong brand name with on-campus recruiting.

As for the application process I would probably wait until January of 2021 with the strongest GPA - that would put you within the 1:1 bracket, rather than a high 2:1.

Also, just a heads up on the London recruiting; if you have a Norwegian passport there could be VISA issues and you would most likely need a sponsorship. You're also gonna start recruiting before the first semester starts which could be a hurdle as you have yet to receive any grades from the uni you enroll at.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 15, 2020

Norway and the UK are both a part of the EEA, so visas shouldn't be an issue.

Also, as a side note the programme at Oxford is joint between the Department of Economics and Said.

Jan 15, 2020

The UK is not part of the Schengen Area: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area.

    • 1
Jan 15, 2020

LBS top notch.

Would choose Imperial over LSE, as it is a more practical course.

That said they are all great courses and you should get in one of those with your background.

Best of luck

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 16, 2020

Imperial over LSE for finance? You must be joking.

Feb 1, 2020

More practical course, LSE is great too.

Feb 11, 2020
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