University of Illinois Urbana Champaign vs. Tulane MSF

which of these programs, should I get in, is better for a DOMESTIC student's job prospects in IB, ER, PE/HF (long run)? I wanna work in NYC ultimately. Both look really good: both are CFA partner institutes. I do like UIUC's location, but Tulane looks good too. Also, which has more domestic students? An issue with UIUC is that they don't tell you what percentage of students are domestic vs. international, Tulane does. Its that I do wanna network with more of my fellow MSFs. Also, which has better FO recruiting? Which school has a better rep on The Street?

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Comments (12)

Feb 27, 2014

UIUC has a good reputation in Chicago. I don't know how well the MSF program places though.

Feb 27, 2014

Both programs are almost 95% international which is mostly Chinese. I have worked in Chicago and UIUC has a good name in the city and also I think UIUC is a better overall brand name. UIUC undergrad is known for its accounting program not really its finance program so there is not going to too many FO recruiting but I am pretty sure there are a lot of alumni in FO positions in Chicago. So you would have the opportunity to network with them.

I would personally take UIUC.

Feb 28, 2014

UIUC, but have you looked at Ohio State, UT or SMU?

Feb 28, 2014

1) What is your profile. You might be underestimating your chances at other programs with a higher probability of NYC placement.

2) Tulane is nearly all international. Large class also (200 students or so).

3) I would choose UIUC. Great school, great program. CFA partner school is gold standard also. I know you want NYC, but Chicago would be a great back up. I would go there.

Tulane will be ok also, but Houston will be your back up. Just in case you prefer Houston > Chicago.

Feb 27, 2014

what's this business about the program's previous director leaving? Does that make a difference in anything vs. Tulane?

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Feb 28, 2014

Tulane if your goal is Houston oil/gas

Feb 27, 2014
TejasPower:

Tulane if your goal is Houston oil/gas

I'm looking at ER (my number 1) or IBD/PE.

Feb 27, 2014

anymore opinions on this?

Feb 27, 2014

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Mar 2, 2014

I'm interested in this too: Tulane is #5 on FT's list but its location is lame. UIUC is nearer to NYC and Chic. This choice, if you're lucky enough to have it, looks rough.

Feb 28, 2014

FT ranking of MSF programs isn't a good indicator for US programs.

I think new Orleans would be fun, but professionally I don't know.

Mar 4, 2014