WUSTL MS Finance Corporate Track VS Illinois Institute of Technology MS Finance

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Please bear with/forgive me if I am not being thorough enough, this is my first time posting. I was recently admitted to Illinois Institute of Technology MS Finance and the WUSTL MS Finance Corporate Finance track. I like the Illinois Tech option mainly because it looks like it offers more quantitative/computational courses; also the location gives the school an advantage. My concern is that the program is not well known outside of Chicago.

My background: I am a recent graduate with a BS in Economics from top 50 US school. I was a Finance and Accounting Intern for the CFO of a large international airport and had another internship as an "economist" for a major advocacy group in Washington, DC. I am still explorig my career goals but have interests in: Sales and Trading, Investment Analyst, and Private Equity,

If I were to compare the IIT MS Fin Vs. WUSTL Corporate Finance and Investments, I would say that WUSTL's has the advantage in regards to prestige and job recruitment. The location and cost of IIT is obviously better (a little over 40k for two years vs 65k for one) additionally, having an economics background, and going to IIT, which is two years will allow me to utlize my summer off by gaining more internship experience in a more technical financial position.

I would love your feedback on how to better compare the two schools. Currently I am focusing on comparing the future job prospectives and course offerings. Please feel free to comment on where you would go in this position and why.

Thank you very much!

Comments (20)

May 14, 2018

WUSTL. IIT isn't going to place you anywhere.

May 14, 2018

WUSTL won't place him either. You're on your own there.

May 14, 2018

Current MSF @ WUSTL, can confirm. Career center isn't super helpful (though they are doing a complete overhaul so that might change)

@soupa to your point about internship experience, several students, myself included) worked part time internships during the program. PM me if you have specific questions about WUSTL

May 14, 2018

No school is going to place anyone. But the odds increase from WUSTL vs IIT.

May 14, 2018

WUSTL. IIT isn't going to place you anywhere.

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May 14, 2018

Thanks everyone for your input! I am confused on how 30.5 credits can be squeezed into one year, could anyone comment on this? Additionally, is the prestige of the course work coming from the quantitative finance track or the entire 4 tracks of the masters in finance?

May 15, 2018

WUSTL is the obvious winner here.

Disclaimer: WUSTL 2014 grad.

May 16, 2018