WHU MSc Finance vs University of Zurich MSc Banking&Finance

Hey guys,

I was recently offered a place at these two programs. My profile:

GMAT : 730
GPA 3.55 / 4.00 (US system)
1 year (2 semesters) exchange to China
Nationality: Central European
German speaker

I am wondering which offer to choose. WHU is regarded as a top German b-school. What bothers me is that the MSc Finance program is not ranked at all whereas their MSc Management program is 4th in the financial times ranking.
WHU costs 22 800 eur, UZH is state and is basically free.

My long term goals are in the DAC region + potentially London.

Thanks !

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Comments (5)

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:00am

WHU is the stronger brand in Germany and therefore in the largest part of the DACH region. Also, they do place into London regularly. I would´t worry about whether the finance master is ranked yet or not. It is quiet new and of the same quality as the management master.
Whether the costs are worth it at WHU is a very personal question. What are your goals, what kind of financial background do you have etc. Zurich should place you into decent roles, but is not an IB feeder program I think.

Also with those stats, you should be competitive at better/different schools also.

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:16am

WHU will place way better than Zurich - its a well established brand name and well represented across the board (calibre of students perceived to be very high from there)

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Jun 10, 2015 - 9:07am

Thanks for the comments guys. They are really helpful.

I guess I could have chance at a more prestigiously sounding program, but they are all in the UK or Paris (HEC). I did not want to study in the UK and I don`t speak French so that I couldnt get the most out of my HEC experience anyway. I understand that I should have applied to St. Gallen and I regret not doing so, but I guess its not so much ''higher'' than WHU, or ?

My long term goal is after my masters to work for 2-3 years as an anaylist in an IB in Frankfurt, Zurich, or London, and then go for a really top MBA in the US and break into VC or start my own business.

I believe that the connections I can make in IB and the skills I acquire can really foster my entrepreneurial plans.

Because WHU offers an exchange semester, where would you guys recommemnd me doing that ? THey have connections with really impreesive schools (Columbia, Booth, Stern) but, should I look for a 'prestigious' place for my exchange or I should look for a place that I will enjoy and have fun ? (They do offer an exchange at the University of Hawaii too :D )

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:15am

Well not everyone gets to go to columbia :D There is going to be a ranking for the spots and so you have limited control over where you go. At the end of the day, both experiences (top school vs. cool place) have their own merit, so I would´t worry about it too much. In your situation I would defiantly go with WHU and be happy with it. I do not like the small town setting of the school, but that is something everyone has to decide by themselves.

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