Will an MBA from Wharton get me a job as an associate at say, PWP?

Of course I know that nothing in IB is guaranteed, and it doesn't have to be specifically PWP (When I said PWP I meant any MM or Elite Boutique bank - Piper Jaffray, Moelis, Evercore, etc.). As an undergrad, I want to know the real value of a top MBA. Am I likely to get an associate position immediately? What are the exit opps like at that level? Will I realistically be able to get a job at a PE shop after two years? Will any of this help me get a CFA charter?

I am curious because I genuinely don't know. Any and all help is appreciated.

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May 15, 2019 - 3:40pm

Yes. Every banking door is open from Wharton. Obviously, the best groups at BBs and EBs are always hard to get into, but you'll have a shot

From MBA program, you always start as an associate - although a first year associate is about as useful as a first year analyst (sometimes less useful unfortunately).

Your sense of EBs is skewed. PJ is not in the same league as Moelis / Evercore.

 
May 15, 2019 - 8:11pm

As I said, I know it's not going to be handed to me. I was asking if it would make it easier/ if it would make me look more qualified than others without MBAs. Judging by the replied to my post it seems like I will have to go through the analyst route first and that it might not be worth getting an MBA right away anyway. That's fine with me, because my question was honestly answered. Thank you to everyone.

 
May 15, 2019 - 11:11pm

Its not bad, but joining the IB Associate program there from Wharton would be underachieving. when your peers are joining GS/MS/JP or Moelis/Evercore/Lazard (throw in PWP for good measure)

Piper Jaffray probably targets schools like Carlson, Goizueta, Tepper, Anderson, Marshall, Kenan-Flagler, etc for its MBA Associate program. FWIW I don't know anything about Piper's MBA Associate program.

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