Washington D.C. MSF Programs

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Looking for feedback on MSF programs in the DC area. Hopkins and Maryland seem to be pretty equal, American seems to be a step above. Anyone have any thoughts about quality of programs and career placement after?

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Feb 8, 2014

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

Feb 8, 2014

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

Someone I know went to GWU and said the phrase, "Pay your fee, get your B" applied.

Feb 8, 2014

Ha! It's a perfect school if your employer or the GI Bill is paying the bill.

Feb 8, 2014

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

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).

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Feb 10, 2014
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......

Feb 10, 2014

why only dc is there something specific in dc you want to latch onto?

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Feb 10, 2014

well 1. I live here already, and 2. I have a plan to chart my career path in ER following defense companies, and this is really the hub for that particular industry.

Feb 10, 2014

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 10, 2014

Hopkins is the best name and they are making a serious push with their business school.

Feb 10, 2014

Hopkins is the best name and they are making a serious push with their business school.

Feb 10, 2014

GW would be the best choice if you want to work in the World Bank,IMF etc...

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Feb 8, 2014

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

Feb 10, 2014

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 10, 2014

Wasn't this posted last week?

Feb 8, 2014

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

Feb 8, 2014
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.

Feb 8, 2014

They all good programs - but I would go for JHU MSF - semitarget university, better companies hiring on campus.

GW Bus. school student.

Feb 10, 2014
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Feb 8, 2014