Vandy MSF Choice

Hey, all! First time poster here.

Recent grad who is kinda interested in AM but really isn't sure what path to go I finance. I got into Vandy MSF and wanted to know your opinions. Super strong GPA, but waived the GMAT (haven't taken it) and I'm probably going to end up somewhere in the Midwest due to family. I'm more than likely starting the CFA if I don't go.

Really appreciate any advice on the program, it's perceived reputation, and is it worth it.

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Sep 20, 2019 - 12:41am

Since you mentioned that your UG school is unknown, getting that MSF would increase your chances of placement, but don't expect to be offered more than an entry-level analyst role at IBs.

 
Feb 12, 2021 - 6:05pm

Vandy's MSF program is solid and you should pursue it with a goal of doing IB after. IB will give you great training, CV clout and help you transition to a buyside job later on if you decide to pursue it. The CFA program is great and if you can pass level 1 before Vandy starts, it will help your eventual transition to AM and prep you well for your MSF program.    

I'd advise not going into AM directly post MSF as it rarely happens and the IB training you get post-Vandy will absolutely be recognized by future employers.

I also recommend not taking a rando job and doing the CFA with the belief the charter alone will help you transition to the buy side. I've seen more ppl w/ solid IB training move to the buy side than ops/back office folk who were unable to do so with the CFA. Also, the CFA program will also always be there, but your acceptance to Vandy's MSF program and potential to do IB right after won't. 

Best of luck!   

 

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