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Feb 8, 2014 - 1:34pm

Equal in regards to what? Academics? What type of career are you targeting?

Feb 8, 2014 - 3:29pm

You have Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Georgetown, and George Washington. Georgetown is immorally expensive and is brand new, but it comes with the best "name." I looked at them all and found myself most interested in Maryland's program (although I ultimately decided it was a waste of time and money for my career goals). GWU is basically a diploma mill, IMHO, in every graduate level business program--it's definitely a profit center.

Feb 10, 2014 - 9:18pm

MSF in Washington DC (Maryland, Hopkins, GW, American) (Originally Posted: 06/13/2011)

Does anyone have experience with any of these programs?

I am going to be applying to all four of them this fall after I finish up the GMAT as soon as the admissions open.

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Feb 8, 2014 - 3:50pm

GW's curriculum is more geared towards international finance whereas Hopkins is corp fun/Asset Management. UMD's MSF is more of a dual degree option with the MBA than a stand alone MSF.

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Feb 10, 2014 - 9:19pm

GW is usually considered a working man's MSF and takes an older population as a rule. (Although someone did get in right out of UG here recently).

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Feb 10, 2014 - 9:20pm
happypantsmcgee:
GW is usually considered a working man's MSF and takes an older population as a rule. (Although someone did get in right out of UG here recently).

Can you go into more detail? This is the first I'm hearing about this......
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Feb 10, 2014 - 9:24pm

It is probably best to go to the top-ranked school you can get into regardless of location. If you are going to a Tier 2 school, then your work location preference becomes important. If you go to a Tier 2 school without prior work experience, you may be flushing a ton of $$$ down the drain and end up without a job.

Feb 8, 2014 - 3:57pm

I'd do the Johns Hopkins program. It is probably the best compromise out of all of the options.

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Feb 10, 2014 - 9:29pm

Hey - I'm currently enrolled at Hopkins pursuing a part time MBA in Finance. So far I have been impressed with the academic rigor of the school. I am definitely learning new things despite having completed an undergrad degree in business, passing the CPA exams and passing Level 1 of the CFA program. From talking to students who have been in the program prior to the full time mba program launch, the quality of teaching has improved and academic rigor has been greatly enhanced. Many of the faculty (especially the full time faculty) have advanced degrees from Ivy League schools. Since the full time program is still relatively small quite a few full time professors end up teaching the part time classes.
Now here comes the con side of the ledger. Since the school is relatively new it is unclear how successful they will be at placing students into "high finance" positions and it remains to be seen if the Hopkins name can bear as much weight in business as it does in healthcare. Have you considered Georgetown? I think Hopkins is more comporable to that school than the ones you listed (this is coming from a Maryland undergrad grad). Send me a message if you want more info.

Feb 8, 2014 - 7:15pm

CaliforniaAssociate:

none of the programs in dc area is worth going, total waste of money and time

Without knowing the OPs goal this is a little harsh. If the goal is IB in DC then Yah, a stretch. But if the goal is to get a masters and find a F500 or credit analyst in the DC metro then I think many of these programs would be helpful.

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