Uk vs. US Master Programs
I recently received offers from the Duke MMS and Warwick MSc Business & Finance programs. To give a little background about myself, I'm a US citizen who just graduated from a semi-target with a 3.5+ gpa. I'm/research. I have various PE/VC internships and worked as an analyst at an investment group for almost a year before getting laid off due to the pandemic. I want to do a masters to get another shot at OCR and expand my network. I'm struggling to decide on which program to attend (financial costs aren't a problem for me).
- Duke has a better global brand than Warwick.
- The MMS curriculum appears to be much easier than Warwick's, so I can dedicate more time to recruiting.
- Duke alumni appear to be extremely loyal and often go to bat for students.
- A lot of people on WSO and other finance forums have called the Duke MMS a scam and not worth the money.
- MIM degrees aren't respected in the US like they are in Europe. Most positions are given to undergrads or MBA students.
- The employment reports are OK but not that impressive. Don't know if it's because students lack experience or employers don't respect the MMS degree.
- Warwick is a target in the UK and is well-represented in the City.
- I've always wanted to work in London (studied there for a semester and absolutely loved it).
- Masters are way more highly-regarded in Europe than in the US.
- I don't think MSc Business & Finance is Warwick's flagship program.
- Not sure if I can get sponsorship, especially with Brexit and pandemic going on.
- Not well-known outside of Europe. If I can't find a job in the UK and have to return to America than this might be an issue.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what path to choose. Ultimately, I don't care where I work (US or UK), I just want to get the best job possible after graduation.