I'm lucky enough to have Full-Time Analyst offers for Investment Banking from both Evercore NYC M&A and PJT NYC M&A. I know I'm splitting hairs here but I'm just wondering if any of you have thoughts if one firm is slightly better positioned in terms of exit opportunities into PE mega-funds (Apollo, Blackstone, Warburg, KKR, TPG, Bain, Carlyle) as well as top MBA programs (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton)? Appreciate any insight!
23 Aug 2019
Hello everyone, I am a new monkey in the business and was wondering what the differences are between America and Europe in post-bachelor education. I have read that bachelor -> Work 2-3y -> MBA, is a very solid and standard way to grow in the industry, but in my surroundings in the Netherlands it is very common to do a Masters right after your bachelor education(with the option of doing an MBA later). I am interested in everyone's opinion on this subject. Is it region bound? Are companies hiring differently in America compared to the Europe? What is your advice? Thank you in advance!
01 Mar 2017
Hello everyone, I have offers from both schools mentioned above and would like to get your views on the schools/programmes. My career goal after graduating is to work in Management Consulting (preferably MBB in Germany) or in IBD (London or maybe Frankfurt). I know people from both programmes and all of them are very happy with the respective programmes. I believe that the MFin from ESADE will be more academically challenging and I certainly will learn more new content. It probably also better prepares me for a future job in IBD/M&A. The MiM from LBS has an amazing track record and great
29 Jan 2018
Does anyone know anything about the Master in corporate finance at SDA Bocconi (Italy)? I'm wondering about entry competition and whether it places well in London, but any other information would be much appreciated. Thanks.
10 Apr 2010
Hi guys, Just wondering what are the chances of getting into Deloitte/Accenture technology consulting with a Canadian GPA of 3.54 for engineering master program. I know it's a bit low..but what is the reality? My undergrad cgpa was even lower so I don't even put it in my application. I have done internships (hardware engineering, not relevant), some IT experience, and was also involved in university student associations in a target school in Toronto. I have been facing rejections...I am not sure is it because of my GPA or I need more work on my cover letter /resume. I am targeting Toronto consulting firms. Thanks guys, I would really appreciate some help.
20 Nov 2012
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 guys. this is first time I'm posting even if , reading your forum since a long time. I got an offer from cambridge and la sorbone (msc econ.) and I need to decide where to go within 3 days. I am looking around unis. websites and trying to figure out which one is the best for my career (finance industry - Asset Management / interest: macroecon. math.)... but I am still confused. I would like to hear your comments. In my opinion I have more networking opp. in paris, while cam. have stronger brand. what do you guys think about it? Do you have some information that can be shared with me and
02 Aug 2011
Hi everyone, I'm graduating this semester from a bachelor of science in actuarial mathematics and I really want to do a Master in financial engineering but I don't think i have any chance to get accepted in the program since it's highly competitive... I have a gpa of 3.1 / 4.3 right now. The thing i could do is to get enrolled for another undergrad like a B.A in commerce and get excellent grades .) and then apply for the MFE. The thing is that I did an internship with a consulting firm as an actuarial junior, and i can go work full time with them upon graduation with an average salary of 45K or so... I don't know if I should invest approx 5 more yrs in education (B.A + MFE) to become a quantitative analyst...
27 Jan 2011
Hi guys! Kind of a dilemma here: I am currently in my final year at a German target school (though "target" does not mean the same as in the US over here) and have a non-BB M&A SA gig lined up. My final goal is to work for an elite boutique or a BB in Frankfurt. The problem: I basically have two options: 1. Go for FT recruiting this summer/autumn with solid M&A, Valuation and TAS experience, solid grades (top 15-20% of the class, though nothing special) and good interview skills (i.e. usually getting the offers when being invited to first rounds). The problem here is: no "stellar" names like GS, MS, etc. on my resume, just a large MM bank and Big 4 companies.
03 Apr 2012
Hello fellow monkeys, I have a problem. I want to break into a bb but thus far I seem to have missed the criteria. I recently graduated with two bachelor degrees from a non-target, completing both degrees in only 2 years (university is top ranked, first student in the history to achieve this) but now I am totally f***ed because I have no relevant internships or so. So I decided to go and earn a master's. My problem is that I have a hard time deciding which masters to get. I have been looking at the following as my primary two choices: 1) HEC Paris - MSc Management 2) LSE - MSc Finance and Private Equity OR MSc Management I also have other school's in mind such as Columbia (PhD Financial Economics), Cambridge, Oxford, and even Harvard Extension School.
06 Nov 2010
I am looking at Master degrees, and I wonder if Investment Banking Msc are a good option. Queen Mary London has one, but the entry requirement aren't as specific as for the one in Finance, Investment and Finance, etc.. I also feel like it can only lead to IB, but I have a feeling that what I will learn in a IB Msc is simply what you learn as a first year analyst, am I wrong ? Just tryna make it in the industry, could this degree be a real asset ?
17 Oct 2020
I'm trying to decide between the Master in Finance and Investments at Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands) and the Master in Banking and Finance at St. Gallen (Switzerland). Which university has a better reputation in London?
26 Feb 2010
Dear WSO visitors, I have recently come into a spot where I have to make a tough decision. Allow me to describe my situation: I am currently a 20-year-old Bachelor student in the Netherlands. I go to a non-target university without any prospect of BB IB or MM PE. I am finishing my 6 month internship period (this is in my bachelor curriculum) at a very small investment boutique (4 employee's). The employees are very satisfied with my results and my boss offered me a summer Job. I will receive a decent compensation. During my internship, I have also come in contact with a local Private equity
07 Jun 2017
I just got accepted into NYU's MS Real Estate program, and I am currently considering the following options. 1. Quit my current job and study full-time 2. Keep my current job and study part time Can you guys please provide your insight into the two different strategies? Either cases, I will be looking for a new job in RE and networking. My Goal: Job transition into Acquisitions, or Asset Management. My background: - Currently 2 years in Private Equity fund adminstration (back office, working for pension clients) - Previously had acquisitions intern (exposure in financial modeling and Argus) -
25 Aug 2016
Hey guys, just a quick question about the two graduate programs I'm mainly considering Duke MMS and USC MSF. I will definitely want to go into finance for jobs so I'm not sure which program is better to find a job? I heard that Duke FOB is a cash cow, but not sure if it is true? I'm a little concerned if the program has bad reputations... Also, the class profile for Duke MMS is gpa 3.4 gmat 570-750 VS USC gpa 3.6 gmat 700. A little background about myself: USC business undergrad with 3 internships in wealth management, hedge fund and corporate finance. Any thoughts or recommendation is very
19 Mar 2018
Hey, I was wondering whether there are schools with late admission in the US. Precisely, I'd be interested in a Master's program in finance, financial engineering, economics. LSE (uk), for instance, offers rolling admissions until late september. Thanks in advance.
18 May 2012
Hello, I have received an acceptance to Queen's Master of Finance program in Toronto. But now I am debating myself whether to give a chance and try to get into Rotman Master of Finance. Can anyone give me some feedback of these two schools?
16 Dec 2013
This question may seem quite strange to the students from the UK / US, but as Europe signed that "bologna process" in 99, many students especially in Germany dont know what their degree is worth. If someone wants to work at an investment bank in Germany, he´ll need a master. so most IB guys in Germany are around 25,26 or 27 when they get their first analyst job. I dont think it´s worth to start investment banking when you´re nearly 30... Now my questions: Is it true that Investment Banks in London recruit bachelor for their summer-internships? and that in most cases, those internships are for "bachelors only" ?
23 May 2011
Hello, i've have one simple question: Which documents do I usually need to apply into a one-year Master program (at business schools in the U.K and the USA) ? I will finish my bachelor degree in summer or fall 2011, but most master programs also start in fall 2011. Most application deadlines seem to be set in April oder May. Is it possible to apply with only an overview of my marks without yet having finished my degree? Otherwise I will have to wait one year until i can finish my studies. I do not find much information on that in the internet so i hope you can help me on that. Thanks a lot !
15 Dec 2010
Have one coming up in the next week. It might be unlikely that anyone's had an interview yet, but if anyone has or just has any ideas of what to expect through other Columbia program interviews I'm all ears. This'll be my first grad interview ever with Vandy and Duke ones in the near future. Thanks a lot you guys.
22 Feb 2011
Looking for thoughts on the value of HEC Paris' Online Master's in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in terms of 1) overall program - topics / information; 2) reputation in industry; 3) cohort quality; 4) instruction / professors and 5) how viewed by prospective employers.
13 Jan 2018
Hi there, I have already a MS in computer science. Now I am doing a MS in Quantitative finance. Unfortunately, because of personal big personal problems, I think I will not graduate from this MS... I still have some exams but I have so many things to manage besides that I am almost sure I won't do good at these exams. In the case I actually don't graduate, how would you put it on you resume? Maybe it will sound too pretentious but I think I acquired the same knowledge than my classmates who will graduate and even more, it is just that our exams are done for people who do again and again the same exersises and at the end, you can do very well withtout really understanding the problem... Between people from my class, I am the one who got the best internship (in a US bank for FO Quant position)... So I think I have the level of people from this MS but I won't get it. Would you specify on your resume that you didn't graduate? Would you just remove it from your CV? Or anything else?
07 Mar 2010
I recently stumbled upon the M.S. in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, as well as a similar M.S. at Columbia. I was wondering what everyone thinks about these programs in terms of placement within IBD/PE/HF? Are there any other programs that are similar to this one (1yr MS programs) that are in the same category?
02 Dec 2012
Hi everyone! I was wondering which would you consider the top Ms in Finance programs in the US only...I was looking at FIU's program...should I consider it? what other program should I take a look at? I'm an international student seeking to get into a program which would help me break into the job field of the US...Thank you very much!
13 May 2012
Hi guys, I would really appreciate your inputs given my situation that I am about to cover: Background: I am about to graduate from a non-target/semi-target Uni in the UK (top 10) and am a non UK native. I am starting my Masters course in September and want to decide which internship would lead to me being better positioned for the next recruiting season or landing a job after the internship. My target industry was initially IBD with an interest to potentially end up in VC or PE, but I am constantly adapting my expectations to the clearly rough market conditions. Have previous low profile internship experience outside the UK (think big four, really small VC, PE shops).
09 May 2014
I am in my last year of bachelor studies at a leading European university. I am planning on taking a gap year afterwards and try to work and perhaps during that time send out applications to master programs. My ultimate goal has been to break into IB which I have not succeeded in so far. Currently I am evaluating whether to - work for a year, improve CV and try to apply for IB internship positions that take fresh bachelor graduates, do a master and then start FT the year after, if not getting an IB intern then try again during my master studies or - work in internship positions I get, hopefully long-term IB internships and with enough experience apply for post-experience master programs, such as the MSc in Finance at London Business School
01 Jan 2013
Anyone have a master of accounting from Baruch or any other school? How is the program at Baruch is it good, does it offer lots of career support? Does the Big4 recruit a lot on Baruch from the masters of accounting program?
14 May 2009
Choosing from 3 programs: 1 MS in States at Baruch, 2 MS in Applied Statistics and Decision Making at Fordham, (a kinda new program http://www.bnet.fordham.edu/academics/ms_programs/ms_statistics_decisio…) and Finally 3 Mathematical risk Management at Georgia State. The program at GSU is an Accredited University Risk Program of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA). Students graduating with an MS-MRM will be eligible for exemption from Professional Risk Manager Certification (PRM™) Exams I and II,which form a major part of the certification program by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA). My background: I am foreign, so getting a job with just a good GPA wont be easy for me (visa issue).
03 Apr 2014
I have been looking online at which internship I should apply to, I am a master student but when I look at the 10 week programmes banks offer I feel like I may be 'over qualified' to apply, for instance they ask a lot about pre university studies. So my question is should I keep applying to the big companies 10 week internship programmes or do you suggest I narrow it down to smaller firms. Am I going to be penalised for applying in my Master year? should I apply to the associate internships? I have not had any previous internship experience before Best
01 Nov 2013
Hello guys, I just finished my bachelor, majoring in Finance and Economics with a relatively good GPA, unfortunately I didn't get any offer for an analyst position as I found about IB relatively late in my degree (swap majors) hence couldn't find an internship in my last year of uni. Although, under the advice of a local IB analyst I opened a trading account to gain more experience with different securities. While weighting my options, I thought of pursuing a Ms in Finance in France as I speak the language fluently and have a French citizenship. I strongly believe that going to Europe would be
16 Sep 2018
Hi, Next year I am going to start writing my Master thesis, I don't know what to write about as of yet but I'm thinking about it, I'm studying economics (Master level) Since I do not have any experience in banking I was hoping to contact a bank to conduct some research on behalf of them / compile my master thesis on what they want in order to get me closer to getting a position in a bank Do you think this is a good viable option or you think I should keep my research independent If you think this is a good option I will start contacting firms this summer.
19 Apr 2013
Hallo, I have a BSc in banking and financial management with a GPA 6.2/10, I have been accepted in Strathclyde, and will be (had the profile evaluation) in USI Lugano. Also waiting form HEC Lausanne and UCL. What do you think about Lugano? How would you sort them ( I think 1UCL. 2HEC, 3 ?, 4?) Any other suggestions for september 2019? I would like to have a creer in Banking/IB, but not totally sure about it. Thank you
16 Jan 2019
I looked for a master's program abroad that taught a practical approach, and after some time, I came across Kozminski University in Warsaw. I chose to study here due to the prestigious ranking of its Finance program – it received a high rating in the Financial Times, and – more importantly – it's one of the few universities in Europe with a triple crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA und EQUIS). – a prestigious worldwide business school classification. What also made me choose Koźminiski, is the fact the environment is so international. The students here come from different countries, from all
02 Aug 2016
HI monkeys... Any suggestions of what you might have done, opionos or ideas much appreciated... I have a BSc in Finance and an MSc in financial management. I work for a big rating agency in London in a junior position but will try to leave the place soon. I finished my MSc 2 years ago and now I am thinking to continue my education but I don't know if I should begin the CFA as it's really broad and I don't feel like going into basic statistics etc all over again... I know it depends mainly on what you want to do but I want to here some opinions (ACA - good for entrepreneurs).. Shed some light
05 Mar 2014
To get into investment banking all you need is a bachelor's degree. After a few years all you need to get into PE, hedge funds, VC etc. is the experience in IB. So can you basically have a successful career and move up to being perhaps vice president in a PE firm with only a bachelor's degree, without MBA, CFA etc.??
01 Dec 2012