Hey guys, Background: Undergrad Non-Target Non-Business Major, 3.8 GPA, 760 GMAT I wanted to write a review of the Duke MMS program since I noticed the last post on this subject was in 2017 which was 4 years ago. I am about to be graduating in the Class of 2021. I currently have an offer from Accenture in Consulting. Coming from a non-business undergrad program and wanting to get into consulting are what made me choose this program. I only applied to MM/MMS programs in the US because I was really set on consulting rather than finance. In the US this really boils down to either Michigan Ross's
01 Mar 2021
I was recently accepted to Duke, UVA, and Brown, but I'm wondering which one I should choose if I want to go into IB straight out of college. To give some perspective, I was accepted as Echols Scholar & College Science Scholar to UVA, and was accepted to Duke and Brown regularly. Im wondering which school I should choose if I want to go into IB or PE straight out of college? I would go about 90K in debt for Duke, 120K in debt for Brown, and 0K in debt for UVA (assuming I get into McIntire). I'm a little scared I won't get into McIntire-I heard some 4.0 kids w/ stellar ECs don't get in-which is
17 Apr 2021
Hey guys, I know college posts are generally frowned upon here but I wasn't too sure where to ask. So I'm really interested IB, hopefully in NYC, and eventually getting an MBA and transitioning over to PE/VC (pretty straightforward route) but I was wondering if any of you could give me some guidance as to the undergraduate university I should attend with regard to cost. So I was accepted as an assured admit to UNC Kenan Flagler. At UNC I'd have to pay ~23k/year. At Duke I'd have to pay ~80k per year. Is the extra 57k/year worth it for the (potentially) higher earning potential that comes with
04 May 2021
I am a senior who has been accepted to all 3 of the colleges above. My goal is to work in IB and eventually PE. I wanted to know which of these colleges would put me in the best position to accomplish my goals. Please offer any suggestions regarding the placement and on-campus recruiting presence for Duke, Cornell (Dyson), and Dartmouth. Also, if any of you have any insight into the alumni relations and connections of these schools, it would be greatly appreciated. Best, golf123!
21 Apr 2020
Hey guys, Just had a quick question or two about Duke's MMS program. As someone who is looking into different MSF/MMS programs, I was wondering how Duke's MMS program would "rank" if it were to be compared to a current MSF program? I understand the comparison is of two pretty different programs, as one focuses strictly on finance and one has a more general, management curriculum, but just wanted to get a sense of how the program is perceived or ranked as compared to other schools/programs in terms of quality, OCR, brand name, network, etc. Which MSF program would be it be equivalent to/which
16 May 2017
Please rank the 4 undergraduate programs in order of best to least with regards to IB. Stern #2 only to Wharton according to U.S News, but most on this site seem to disagree.
03 Aug 2019
I am a high school senior who has been accepted to both of the colleges above. My goal is to work in IB/ PE after I graduate. I wanted to know which of these colleges would put me in the best position to accomplish my goals. Please offer any comments regarding the placement, on-campus recruiting presence, and alumni relations for these schools. Best, golf123!
23 Apr 2020
I was fortunate enough to get into both great schools. In terms of breaking into IBanking or other wall street careers, which school would best suit me for getting access to these opportunities? Thank you!
06 Apr 2021
Like many in the City, I was raised around the game of lacrosse, playing from Kindergarten through college, and Memorial Day weekend has always meant two things to me, the beach and the NCAA lacrosse championships. (Needless to say my view on lacrosse is thus more than slightly biased.)
26 May 2013
I just finished my college application process, and I have narrowed it down to 3: UMich Ross, Duke, and Carnegie Mellon. I'm still not sure whether I would like to get to buy-side as soon as possible, whether it be as a quant role or getting into PE (which i know is basically impossible from my schools). which is the best possible route to do so? sorry this is like multiple questions in one post lmao
07 Apr 2021
Currently deciding between a top BB in HK (think GS/MS) vs. top MM firm (think HLHZ/HW/Baird)in US. I am mostly interested in the opportunities coming out of banking and I'm looking at top PE firms or top 3 MBA (H/S/W). Perhaps even starting a business in Asia one day but that's another story... Which one would provide better exit opportunities in that light? Also, it's not so much a cultural or language issue in Asia, I'm just concerned about the HK banking culture (do they work you to death?). I've heard it's very western in HK, but I care about my mental health and sanity, so if anyone could enlighten me about working there?
27 Oct 2009
Rising senior in HS. Considering applying Early Decision to one of the schools above. Need help deciding which is best from personal experience on WSO. They all seem to be very different. Duke - I really like Duke. It's very close to home, and they will likely offer great aid to me. They also offer more of a liberal arts kind of education that is awesome because I enjoy learning a wide array of topics. Duke social life seems great, and the basketball program is amazing. Only downsides are that it is the hardest to get into of the three, and I'm not really a big fan of the whole separate campus
03 Jul 2015
Tonight the #5 Blue Devils take on #21 Tar-heels. For the past few years this has been the ultimate series in college sports. The winner of the series has gone on to win the national championship for the past 2 seasons (sorry big east). This has me wondering what is the best rivalry in sports according to WSO? The sort of rivalries that lead to quotes such as: "The biggest fallacy about this whole Carolina-Duke rivalry is the 8-mile thing, as if proximity somehow indicates similarity. It's like assuming East and West Germany must be comparable since they were close to each other." "The Cameron Crazies are the Clay Aikens of college sports fans-too loud, too geeky, too cute (debatable), and terminally annoying..."
09 Feb 2011
I've been trying to decide what to major in...i like econ a lot but I feel that by being a varsity athlete at duke, it will be very hard to get a high gpa with an econ major due to time commitment, training, and general fatigue. Therefore I am thinking about Classical Studies. Studying these civilizations has always been one of my passions, but I don't know how much respect this major gets on the Street. My GPA would be higher with the CLST major: I'm thinking realistically here: 3.2-3.3 in Econ or 3.7-3.8 in Classical Studies. If I didn't get the major in econ, I would still minor in it and take accounting and intermediate finance. I have all the math completed too. If anyone could help me out that would be awesome. Thank you and happy holidays.
19 Dec 2010
So, I'm having a hard time at a present on deciding right now between Duke Fuqua and Yale SOM (matriculating this fall 2014) for my MBA and wanted to see what everyone thinks. Pre-MBA I worked in a policy role for the US Government, and post-MBA I would like to get into strategy consulting (ideally MBB). Undergrad I went to a top 50 school in a major East Coast school and studied Poli Sci / IR.
26 Feb 2014
Duke madam/student completes an extracurricular assignment, or, "fuck list" thesis. The materials were leaked, of course, given the way society runs now. Enjoy it in all of its' magnificence. Somewhere, a daughter's father sheds a tear, as my shock meter barely flickers. http://deadspin.com/5652280/the-full-duke-univers… Oh, and here's a picture of the author (the one on the left; obviously, the one on the right couldn't get into Duke): http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/11/…
01 Oct 2010
Advice on where to go? Cost is a minimal factor, although I did win a major Chancellor's scholarship at QC. Duke unfortunately releases minimal statistics. I can see that it is recruited well (GS, etc. in top employers, high % into finance) but can anyone guesstimate, or even better have insider info of, the actual number of BB and top consulting jobs (Bain, McKinsey, etc) Duke grads normally get? It's really hard comparing Duke to my other option, Queen's University's Commerce, where at least they release concrete evidence of some top placements.
19 Apr 2011
Hey Everyone, I am in a serious predicament here with my graduate school acceptances and need your insight/help. First of all, I am graduating with an Economics degree and have been accepted at Duke's MMS program and Tulane's M. Fin program. My goal is to get a dynamic job in the pits of Chicago or on Wall St. or anywhere else as dynamic as those places as an analyst or trader. But, I am not sure which program would be the best bet for this.... Tulane M. Fin is very specialized in that it only deals with finance classes and would seem to place me in a more exciting financial analyst type job... Duke MMS is very new and very broad in that it deals with accounting, communication, economics, finance, marketing, etc.. BUT, it is Duke and is obviously known as a top 10 school. They are both virtually the same price but very different. I am honestly leaning towards Tulane but don't want to make a terrible mistake. So, please let me know if anyone has any experience with either program and if there are any serious pros and cons that I am not thinking about for either program. Thanks
02 Apr 2010
Hi everyone, I am a healthcare consultant at a boutique consulting firm in DC. I already have a post MBA position and salary within the company. I am the only non-MBA employee in healthcare practices therefore my company wants me to pursue a MBA degree. I do not want to quit my job so I only consider evening, weekend or online MBA programs. My company will pay for my degree so money is not an issue for my decision. (3 year commitment) I have no interest to change my industry but I might be interested in moving to a larger consulting firm in the next 3 to 5 years. I already eliminated 5 school
25 May 2016
Question for the gang in the B-School section: What has the best chance of placing into an analyst level role in IB in the NYC area (no preference for MM/BB), the Duke MMS program, Villanova MSF program, or NYU MA Econ program? I know Duke is relatively new, which is what worries me. But the Duke name (to me) seems like it has more pull than Villanova. But NYU is right in the middle of everything as far as Finance is concerned (heck its NYC after all), but its also an Econ Degree which seems to be geared towards academia rather than the real world. How is the placement for these programs for someone looking to break into IB from a non-target, engineering background (who has been working for about a year).
17 Oct 2010
So I am eagerly waiting to hear back if I got into the program or not (Decision release date is May 14th for my application round) I just wanted to hear back from those who got in to the program for this coming year. What was your background/gpa/work experience/gmat score like and what are your goals coming out of the program? (IB, Consulting, etc,) And also what are you guys doing for housing? I'll start: - Engineering Background - multiple engineering internship experience and 1 year of full time experience - Currently doing an IB internship at a Boutique - 660 GMAT - Looking to obtain an analyst gig at a MM or BB, preferably in a tech or industrials group working on M&A
17 Apr 2011
I have a 4.0 GPA from UNCG and I can graduate with a BS in Economics this December. I could extend my graduation date by a semester and graduate with disciplinary honors, international honors, a global studies minor, and a year's worth of Chinese; is it worth it? I have volunteer experience working with disabled children, immigrant children, and I volunteered to help train police trainees. I have been part of the fencing club, and Japanese club at my school and it's not too late to join or establish another club; should I? I have 1 semester abroad in Japan. I have the general awards for my GPA, and I am part of beta gamma sigma.
09 Jun 2014
A question we often hear posed on Wall Street Oasis is what should I major in? Or some derivation, thereof. People will tell you anything and everything from straight finance, accounting and business to seemingly irrelevant topics such as theater, music and drama. Though the battle of liberal arts vs. business sciences will always be a popular topic, there is another quiet storm brewing which gets little attention. It is the growing disconnect between engineering majors and actual careers in engineering. Specifically, engineering majors are taking higher paying jobs on Wall Street and thereby leaving America undermanned in the high tech entrepreneurial sector.
27 Mar 2011
http://www.mckinsey.com/Careers/Apply/University_… This restriction seems kind of random. Does anyone know if they are strict about it or have plans to apply anyway if not from one of the aforementioned schools? Also, does McK offer any other networking opportunities outside of formal recruiting?
26 Oct 2011
Looking at this forum here: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/duke-v-northwestern-v-cornell The last two posters as I'm typing this ("particlesandmodels" & "Dictator2013") were accounts created in the past hour and both advocate Duke as the school of choice. The "50 cent army", for those who don't know, are alleged paid internet users in the Chinese military, who go to forums and promote good things about the Communist Party of China. If you're a HS senior and browsing these forums for school advice (which you shouldn't be doing...), watch out for these fake accounts. I'm actually curious
01 Apr 2013
I've read the FAQs and M&I about what to major in if one wants to pursue a career in investment banking, finance, consulting, etc but still have a couple questions. I was planning in being an Econ major until I started taking the required math and Econ classes and found out that they are extreme weed out and dry hard classes. I'm an athlete at a top ten school, and that takes up time, but that on top of these very hard math and Econ classes might be bad. I am thinking of withdrawing from math and majoring in International Comparative Studies (Europe) with a minor in markets and management instead. I know my GPA will be a lot better that way (I've bombed math even with tutoring and help and stuff). I've read that if I do that and find some finance related internships, I should be fine.
04 Oct 2012
I am a current sophomore at a non-target in the Southeast majoring in accounting and finance. My GPA is 3.65. I want to break into investment banking. If I am unable to get an investment banking internship for next summer (my junior summer), I am considering getting an MPA/MAcc or MMS. I do not think an MSF is an option because of how math-heavy the top programs are.
06 Jun 2011
monkeys.... duke emba vs columbia emba considering the cost of duke is 10k and columbia is 50K after gi bill(thanks gwb)...is the extra 40k worth the cbs name over duke? 6 years military, 1 year as management consultant(tier 2)....don't want to take 2 years off to go to school...also found out if you aren't sponsored by a company you can participate in FT student on-campus recruiting which with the gi bill will be my case(such a scam).... want to stay in consulting but would like to break into a bain or BCG or m&c need the mba to do it..... thoughts?
12 Jan 2011
I have been accepted to both the Vanderbilt and WUSTL msf programs as well as the Duke MMS program to begin this summer. I am interested in working in IB after graduation, preferably in New York, and I'm wondering which program might give me a leg up. I've heard that a school's prestige plays a good role in the hiring process, which leads me to believe Duke might be the best option despite not being a straight finance program. I'm also wondering if anyone thinks that getting an MMS might make my choice to get an MBA in a few years seem redundant and hinder admission chances. Thanks for any and all help. I'm still waiting to hear back from Columbia's Financial Economics program, which would play a big part in my decision.
10 Apr 2011
I am researching business schools to apply for next year, however I am a little concerned regarding my UG grades. Here are the schools I am considering and my scores / grades: I earned a 3.0 GPA at a top 50 US private school, though my major school (International Relations) was rated in the top 5 nationally. Following that I did a master's degree in Politics at a top 5 UK university, before going to work for a year for the UK Civil Service and had internships with a top three US Wealth Management firm, the US Senate, and in Parliament thanks in large part to extensive networking prior to that. Currently I have been working for two years in London in Consultancy for a Big Four firm in Strategy.
30 Nov 2010
Hi I just got accepted to Duke's Masters in Management Studies Program (MMS) ( http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/other_programs…). While applying to Duke, I have landed in the final hiring process at Google for an inside sales position. Now I have both options on the table.
20 Mar 2011
Anyone have any information on the ANEX Advantage internship (internship you pay to be part of)? Is it worth the money? What types of "firms" do you really intern at? I have no finance experience (engineering undergrad with ~ 1 yr FT engineering experience) and I will be applying at Duke's MMS and Villanova's MSF programs. I am wondering if I do this internship program prior to the Masters programs will it give me a better chance of landing an analyst position in IB after completion of the Masters program? I'm trying to find SA positions but its tough coming from a non-target engineering
19 Oct 2010
Hi guys, could you guys help me choose between these three programs: MA Economics at NYU (Accepted) MA International Economics and Finance at Brandeis (Accepted with significant scholarship) MA Applied Financial Economics at Duke (Awaiting Decision) Specifically, I would appreciate if you could comment on each school's academic reputation compared to each other, their recruiting facilities and employment prospects as well as career resources, taking into consideration that I am an international student.
19 Mar 2014
How does UChicago (undergrad, economics major) compare with schools such as Duke and Cornell for job placement on the Street? I'm a high school senior hoping to get into HYP, but I don't think it's likely. However, I was accepted to UChicago and have a relatively decent shot at Cornell/Duke. So could anyone give me some feedback on UChicago/Cornell/Duke's recruiting? Keep in mind UChicago has been on the rise lately (this year it's tied for spot #5 this year with Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UPenn, rankings by USNEWS) but I don't know if that will influence recruitment.
21 Jan 2012
I figured that the title would be luring to many of you. I'm 18 years old and was recently diagnosed with a form of cancer. It's treatable by taking a pill a day everyday for the rest of my life and has a 5 year survival rate of 90%. Will this stop me from ever working on Wall St or entering IB, PE, or anything really? As in with regards to medical exams, etc. Just something I really have to know. Thank you.
15 Jul 2013
Posting for a friend here: Background - Female - Raised US - Born Korea - Korean citizen Work (thus far) - 1.5 years @ EY's Commercial Advisory team focuses on MM PE DDs (US) - Interned at Accenture (US) - Interned at large foundation with $2B AUM (US) Volunteer/Leadership - Involved in university's student-run venture fund - Ran operations for one of university's portfolio companies which does ~$100K revenue Academics - Top 10 University (e.g. Duke, Dartmouth) - 3.70 GPA - Double Majored in Econ and Policy - SAT 2260, GMAT TBD Three big questions: - What are my chances at M7? - How can I improve my chances? Any specific strategies for particular schools?
08 Jul 2014
Hey everyone, I'm a current high school senior, and I've been accepted into both Brown and Duke recently. I'm planning on majoring in Economics with probably Applied Math at Brown and maybe with Stats or Comp Sci at Duke. I'm overall interested in investment banking and consulting related fields. I'm pretty fond of both schools, and I am having trouble choosing one over the other. Does either have a significant advantage recruiting wise? If recruiting is similar between the two schools, should recruiting even be a major factor in my college decision? Thanks everyone! I appreciate any advice!
29 Mar 2014
This is my first time posting in the b-school forum and I'm not sure if this type of question is posted much, but I thought I would give it a shot. What are my chances at HSW given the following credentials: - Attended top 10 undergrad (e.g. Dartmouth, Duke, UChicago) - Majored in applied math and economics - GPA 3.75 / GMAT 730 - Worked at Parthenon post-undergrad for 2 years - Externed at a social impact investment fund (e.g. Acumen, Unitus) for a few months
21 Feb 2014
Hi~ So I am a prospective freshman now and deciding where to go for my college between Duke and UChicago. UChicago has a famous economics department while Duke apparently has a better alumni network in financial field. I am sure that I will work on finance for my career, probably iBanking. So which one to choose, it seems very difficult for me... Thanks! P.S.I am an international so I may not go to the wall street for a career but go back home. But of course, a better opportunity of internship at Wall street will be really great!
05 Apr 2009
I'm a high school senior who's about to make a college decision. These are the three programs I am considering for next year. I basically have three priorities for my college experience. 1. I'm looking for academic fulfillment. That's why I'm going for a hard science at Cornell and Duke, I feel like they are much more interesting than pure business. Physics especially is fun for me. 2. I want to have some fun. Not hugely important in the long run but still a consideration. 3. I want to develop a skillset for finance and attend a school in which I can most easily be recruited to BBs, top 3
27 Apr 2015
Hey guys/gals, I just want to get some opinions on a few things. Long story short, I networked my ass off + applied at tons of places last recruiting season and I got no interviews. I'm from a super non-target with an engineering undergrad degree who has been working for a yr as an engineer. Anyways i'm applying for the Duke Master of Management Studies (MMS) program in a couple of months, hoping to find an analyst job in IB upon graduating. Assuming I can land a short boutique internship prior to starting the MMS program (6 weeks or so), would it be beneficial for me to take some of the programs at Wall St Prep to have a better chance at full-time analyst position after the MMS program?
30 Nov 2010
I'm currently a freshman at Duke and would like to go into investment banking after school. My advisor is beginning to ask what I am thinking about majoring in. I would like to do econ but from what I hear from my classmates, playing a varsity sport and majoring in econ will be rough here. Is it worth it to major in econ and put my gpa at risk or should I major in something a little easier that will not affect my gpa in a negative way. Some other majors I am considering are history or sociology. If you all could help me out that would be great. Thank you.
31 Mar 2010
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business is having an MBA Admissions event tonight at the Downtown Marriott at 85 West Street. Feel free to stop by as I believe we will have alumni, admitted students like myself who are starting in a few months as well as prospectives and drinks and food! Registration below! https://dukefuqua.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8cRHsN…
26 Jun 2012
Hey, I am a Tar Heel and will soon be interviewing for the Citi SA in HK, and I found that one of my interviewers actually graduated from Duke Fuqua.. Any tips about what should I say or what should I avoid during the interview? Any contribution is much appreciated!
08 Jan 2015
Hi everyone, I am considering transferring to Duke from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). I have already thought about this choice based on cost, fit, and the like. I want to get your perspectives on whether or not I should transfer based only on how it will affect my future career in the field of business. [Removed personal information because thread is over]
20 May 2010
I'm waiting to hear back from both schools. Military applicant transitioning. Does Tuck's network outweigh the "Harvard of the South?"... in South Florida. Ideally, I'd work in Palm Beach/FLL after school. Apologize on the forum if wrong... I appreciate the input.
19 Feb 2011
Hey guys, How would you rank these 4 schools based on the amount of analysts sent into front office roles (primarily IB) at the top banks? Also, if any of you have evidence (SA lists at banks, access to resume books, etc.) to back up your statements, then that would be great. Thanks a lot!!
25 Jul 2011