Tulane Mfin vs SMU Cox Mfin. What is better for placements in Dallas/ Houston Big 4 or Consulting Firms?

Would they be the best Mfin programs in texas after UTAustin? I was wondering if these programs are worth it or if a Masters in Accounting is a better bet for such roles? What do you think of the Accounting programs at these two unis? 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - DCM
Jun 3, 2021 - 11:24am

They are probably the best in Dallas/Houston after both UT and Vanderbilt (SMU stronger in Dallas than Tulane, and Tulane stronger in Houston). Would, however, explore UT's MPA if interested in Big 4 accounting functions - excellent program with some placement (~10%) for those interested in consulting/finance.

Jun 3, 2021 - 12:01pm

They are probably the best in Dallas/Houston after both UT and Vanderbilt (SMU stronger in Dallas than Tulane, and Tulane stronger in Houston). Would, however, explore UT's MPA if interested in Big 4 accounting functions - excellent program with some placement (~10%) for those interested in consulting/finance.

What about Indiana and UIUC iMSA

  • Analyst 1 in IB - DCM
Jun 3, 2021 - 1:06pm

Not familiar with the program, but UIUC has good national rep. I would guess their strength is more in the Midwest (same as the parent institution). If you're targeting Dallas/Houston, better to focus on the programs with a stronger pull in that market, such as SMU, Tulane, and UT.

Jun 3, 2021 - 1:09pm

Not familiar with the program, but UIUC has good national rep. I would guess their strength is more in the Midwest (same as the parent institution). If you're targeting Dallas/Houston, better to focus on the programs with a stronger pull in that market, such as SMU, Tulane, and UT.

Can uiuc ms finance get me into I banking? What do you think about the prestige of the university in general? I thought it was only known for comp sci and accounting with its accounting department being a top 2 in the US. Also, can uiuc get me into MBB/ BB after the MSF? 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - DCM
Jun 3, 2021 - 2:28pm

Hard to answer without knowing much on your prior experience, but there are only a small number of MSF programs that give you a decent shot of even MM IB. Could you make it from UIUC? Maybe.. But you would be the exception, not the norm. Again, UIUC rep in Chi is likely pretty strong, but outside of that I don't think there is enough brand name strength to make you highly competitive in other markets like NYC or DAL/HOU like you mention.

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Jun 3, 2021 - 3:44pm

Hard to answer without knowing much on your prior experience, but there are only a small number of MSF programs that give you a decent shot of even MM IB. Could you make it from UIUC? Maybe.. But you would be the exception, not the norm. Again, UIUC rep in Chi is likely pretty strong, but outside of that I don't think there is enough brand name strength to make you highly competitive in other markets like NYC or DAL/HOU like you mention.

I don't mind the location tbh. I just want to get into the best place I can and work in a city with good opportunities. I guess Dallas and Austin are good and hence am aiming for UT Austin/ Dallas, Tulane and SMU but am wondering if SMU, Tulane and UT Dallas are good schools with decent reps and what kind of placements I could expect from them. I have family in Dallas but I am an international

Jun 3, 2021 - 4:17pm

SMU Master's of Accounting (vs Tulane) is the best route if you want to work for big 4 accounting in Texas. SMU has better networking and more connections in the area. Master's of Accounting will be immensely more helpful in the Big 4 world. Also, the MF continues to cause confusion down the road if you are considering MBA school; MA less so. 

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