RSM vs Bocconi vs Hec Lausanne vs SSE?

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Hi guys :-) My first post!
Next year I'll graduate in Business adm. at the University Of Florence, and I'm looking around for a strong MsC Finance. I'm an italian student, great GPA, and in march I'll take IELTS + GMAT.
I have seen the RSM, Bocconi, Hec Lausanne and SSE programs, besides the other London programs (in standby by brexit doubts).
Which one do you recommend? Alternatives?
Sincerely I haven't a budget of 30/40k for a MsC. So I have seen the cheapest for an EU student.
I would like to work in a BB. Internship experience in M&A at BDO.
Thank you so much :D

Comments (8)

Dec 20, 2016

What country do you want to work in?

And if I understand correctly you're applying to begin your program in 2018?

Dec 20, 2016

Yes I will start to send application in fall 2017!
What country? First preference is London/New York, or Geneve/Zurich. But also Paris or Milan is good

Dec 20, 2016

Okay, well I think you should take the GMAT/GRE first to see where that places you and ask this question again after you have scores. Also in general its best to go to school in the country you'd like to work in (easier networking).

However for London the better pre-experience schools are LSE MSc Finance, Warwick MSc Finance, Oxford Financial Economics, Imperial MSc Finance. I think the LBS Masters in Management is also pre-experience and places very well but that's a management program not a MSc Finance program.

For the other spots in Europe you mentioned check out HEC Paris (very highly regarded according to my research), Bocconi, St. Gallen, Stockholm School of Economics, RSM, IE, and EASADE. Generally the ones you choose to apply to will depend on your fit of the school/program/work goals.

For NY check out TNA's thread on the b-school forum, he has some good advice.

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Dec 21, 2016

Bocconi and SSE are the best out of the ones you listed. Bocconi probably best for an Italian. If you get a GMAT above 700, you can easily qualify for a merit scholarship.

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Dec 22, 2016

Thank you so much @Matrick

Dec 23, 2016

No worries. I saw that you said in a different thread, that you are not as quantitative oriented. Be aware: Bocconi's Msc Finance is quite quantitative in the first year.

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Dec 23, 2016

Yes but more statistic and econometric than the math in quantitative masters,
I'm pretty good in statistic and econometric, or mathematical finance. Less in math like linear algebra etc :-)

Jan 23, 2019