Hi guys, Hope you are all enjoying your summer. I am a rising senior at a European University with 1 year of experience for an institutional investment consultancy. I will be interning with a well reputed Nordic Investment Bank in ER in December, and I have an upcoming interview with an MBB. Hopefully I can land the MBB internship to boost my CV. Nonetheless, I have looked into Master programs in the US as I want to live there in the future. My goal is to land a gig in London with a BB or for a Asset Management firm and then transfer out to the US or work for two years and then do an T15 MBA
25 Jul 2021
Hi guys, I just finished my undergrad and aiming a Master in Finance program in Europe or US. My biggest goal is entering BB IB (Europe, US, HK, Singapore). I can speak Mandarin and little bit German (A2~B1) Background: Undergrad: Top 20 in Asia (according to QS) GPA: 3.6/4.0 GMAT: 700 Internship: 4 (start-up, audit, s&t, corporate banking) Extracurricular: equity research team mentor in club, 6 months exchange in Germany Given my background, I picked some dream school I would like to apply 1. LBS 2. St. Gallen 3. Bocconi 4. Imperial 5. WHU 6. FSFM 7. Olin 8. McCombs 9. Marshall 10. John
15 Aug 2021
Hi guys, So I'm about to write my master thesis in finance in about 3 months and I haven't really found out anything to write about. I know that I eventually want to land a IBD/PE job, so I would prefer that my subject is towards that career. I will also try to pitch the subject to different companies in hope of an master thesis internship so I need a subject that they can relate/contribute to. I'm stuck and have no clue what to write about. Do you guys have any suggestions what to write about and how it should be layerd/executed? // A fellow colleague
29 Sep 2021
I have to choose between these 2 offers. (specifically, ESCP campuses would be in Paris and London) Which one is the best for placement IB London? (Even considering that ESCP sponsors UK Visas). Also, how tough is the ESSEC program? Especially under a quantitative perspective. (for example compared to Bsc Bocconi or Bocconi Msc finance) I am Italian and I did my Bsc at Bocconi. I am native Italian and fluent in English. I did two internships: one in a small VC fund and another in a PE real estate fund ($12b aum). Thank you for your help!
05 Mar 2021
Hi, I am a European student (non target UG) in the final year of my degree (econ) and thinking of doing a MSc in the UK next year. I am specifically looking for programs that do not require a GMAT, however I do realise this is a huge constraint. What are your experiences with the following programmes and how would you rank them to one-another? Given that my aim is to get a summer internship in IB. Also, since it is IB I focus on, I would prefer to attend a more corporate rather than quantitative finance master programme. MSc (corporate) finance at King's College MSc (finance pathway)
12 Jan 2021
Some background: I graduated from a non-target state school with a 3.15 GPA (B.S. Economics - had a dreadful start but recovered strongly in the back half of my degree) Worked as an investment analyst intern for 1.25 yrs at my school's endowment (did some really cool in-depth work, lots of stories to tell) Post-grad I worked briefly for a congressional campaign and then landed at a sustainable finance firm (basically a startup, the firm does corporate consulting and investment sourcing/underwriting) Studied for a month & took the GRE a week ago: 165 Verbal 159 Quant. This was really tough as I
28 Dec 2020
Hello everyone! I have just finished my Bachelor's degree and would like to apply for a Master's programme (2022 intake). My preferred programmes are the MFA (LBS), MFE (Oxford), and MFin & PE (LSE). Unfortunately, I will not be able to prepare much for my GMAT before January because I have an internship coming up next month. As a result, I probably won't get my GMAT score until the end of February. I am aware that this is a disadvantage since competition tends to increase at the end of admission cycles. Assuming that I prepare all other application materials before taking my GMAT, do I still
12 Sep 2021
Hello guys, I know there are similar posts in the forum but they seem to be outdated (~2013), so I thought it might be a good idea to create a new post for discussion. As the title mentioned, I have an offer from London Business School MiF and Cambridge Judge MFin so I am deciding which school I should pick. For my background, I am 26 years old Asian with work experience in Big Four Corporate Finance and currently working at a Fintech startup for capital raising & corporate development. I am targeting IB jobs in London after grad (I am also open to working in Asia in case if it doesn't work
24 Mar 2021
Fellow aspiring monkeys and experienced gorillas, I'm currently weighing the options on whether to pursue an MBA or a Master degree in order to break into Investment Banking (BB, EB, MM) and would like to hear your thoughts. I graduated in 2018 from a non-target on the east coast with a few finance internships (PE and IB) and a 3.6 GPA. Upon graduation I returned to my home country (developing country: not yet recognized as an emerging or frontier market) to work in a small (10 people) family owned government supplies business. I'm planning to give my GMATs soon in order to apply to the
12 Jan 2021
Hello everybody, hope you're doing well. I'm thinking to do my MSc in the Netherlands and I'm looking for some advice. I'm actually looking to Erasmus University and VU Amsterdam Masters, and I was wondering if these are good universities to pursue a nice career, first in the Netherlands and then in the rest of Europe. Feel free to recommend other good universities in the Netherlands/Benelux. Thanks in advance.
08 Oct 2020
I am currently a senior student at a univeristy (not famous) outside US and Europe majoring in Economics and minoring in Math. I am considering applying to Master of Finance programs in the U.S. and Europe and upon completion trying getting a job at an investment bank or trading ( at least an internship with a possibility to secure job placement in future). I have no prior work or internship experience at all which is a disadvantage, but I took some math as an undergrad and did pretty well (got an A in Real Analysis course). Could you please give me some advice on solid MSF programs (with
09 Sep 2016
As i noticed that many top US universities do not offer master degree in Finance, instead, they have plenty of PhD or MBA. Is there a ranking for Master of Finance (MSF/MFin) NOT financial engineer or quantitative finance... So far i know good schools like Princeton and some UK schools (LSE, LBS, Ox, Cam)and some 2nd tier schools (BC, Rochester, Vanderbilt, Florida, Imperial, UCL...) offer such program, which schools offer better programs? how's the quality of those programs offered by 2nd tier schools compared with 1st tier (Princeton, LSE...)ones'
02 May 2009
I recently got accepted into a few schools for a Master of Finance and trying to decide between LSE and Cambridge. By the time school starts in the fall, I will have 2.5 yrs of relevant work experience in a large North American bank. Which one do you think I should accept? My goal would be to get a job in a HF in London after graduation. LSE: + very well-established in London - approximately 300 people get started in various streams (PE, Economics, etc.) -/+ most entrants have no work experience Cambridge: + small program + Cambridge brand - program is relatively new; not sure how well known
16 Jan 2012
Dear Recruiters, Masters students (past or present) & fellow forum users. I need your advice! I have just graduated with an 80%+ BSc in Economics at an above-average (but nothing special) University in the UK. I was accepted onto the MSc Investment & Wealth Management masters programme at Imperial College London, which at first I was delighted about but now I need opinions on a couple of things which are keeping me up at night. I decided to defer the masters until next year. This was due to wanting to gain a year of industry experience (with the intention of landing internships at boutique IB
25 Aug 2021
Hello, I am a rising senior trying to break into investment banking. Currently I am preparing for full time 2016 but am considering MSF as plan B in case of not landing an IB offer. I am looking for program in the states that has good placement in IBD especially NY, SF area. My stats: 1.Go to non-target public school(rank top 50 nationally) in West Coast 2.GPA 3.4-3.5 3.One IB summer intern in a very small boutique, might do another one in senior year. 4.International student 5.Haven't take GMAT yet.(Aiming for 720 up?) Some options: UVA-MS Commerce BC- MSF Claremont McKenna - Master of Arts
18 Aug 2015
I have been researching the MSF program at Purdue quite a bit recently and it has me intrigued. Seems like there might be potential to land an Investment Banking or Real Estate job in the midwest (or Chicago in particular with it being only a couple hours away) once I have completed the program and it's a huge advantage that it'll only take 10 months. I think I would have a reasonable shot at getting into the program (as opposed to any MBA program due to my lack of full-time work experience) as I have a competitive undergrad GPA for the program (it is higher than the mean GPA for the incoming
24 Oct 2016
Hi all, I'm a rising senior at a good school (but non-target) studying Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology...yes, I know very random). I wanted to be a sports performance coach heading into college, but I started developing a passion for finance in junior year. Breaking in cold turkey is obviously a stretch, so I was looking to maybe further my educational background with a Master of Finance. I know there is a lot of deliberation over whether or not an MSF is a waste of money. Got a great internship at a small VC firm for the summer. I will score a 650-700 on the GMAT with average quant scores
02 Jun 2021
Thinking about applying for MsF programs and what I could get into, where would I be competitive based on my stats? -3.8 Gpa at a west coast state school with a finance major, econ minor, Honors college (thesis and all), TA'd multiple classes and held small school research positions -Leadership positions in fraternity and student-led Investment fund -Internships in MMIB and Regional Commercial banking -Was on the student board of advisors for my counseling and psychiatric services - Upper-class straight white male I'd like to eventually be in SF but am completely open to NYC/LA and Europe too
18 Sep 2020
Hello...I study kinesiology (exercise science) at a great school, but non-target, in the United States. Midway through my college career, I fell in love with investing and realized my major was a massive waste of money. I've always had a love for research and problem-solving and wanted a career that kept me on my toes (hence my interest in equity research). I also spend much of my free time researching for my own portfolio, and through my own studies, I have gotten pretty solid at modeling (I definitely still have room to improve). Obviously, it's going to take a lot of extra effort for me to
29 Jun 2021
The M.B.A. degree used to be a sure thing, but today it may be becoming obsolete. T-Rex with a busted ankle, hobbling towards the Cenozoic. How quickly the world can change... Not too long ago, with a Top 5-10 M.B.A. in tow, you could write your own ticket. Guys and gals going through the M.B.A. pipeline in the late 90's/early 00's had six-figure offers in the multiples by the end of their first-year summer. I'm including the undergrad physical recreation majors and latin poetry majors with little tangible work experience.
28 Aug 2010
Hello friends, I have recently delved into some thought concerning my future studies and work opportunities. About me: 2:1 undergrad from German university (pretty bad 2:1 tho should be a 3.3 gpa or so) GMAT 740 Toefl 110 Audit internship at big4 with plans to do an M&A one after either at small boutique or at the same big4 both in germany would love to begin my working career in london IB tho My thoughts would be: Frankfurt school of finance masters in finance - admission should be easy, grades too but seems pretty locked on german IB then ESCP MiM - same as frankfrut for admission and grades
12 Oct 2021
I'm going to have an interview with the MIT Master of Finance admission committee this week. I was wondering if anyone could share what to expect for the 15min interview? Thanks for helping out!
09 Feb 2010
Some advice please, I am in my senior year in a top-tier Korean university with an econ major and a minor in business. I recently became interested in finance, hence the lack of prep. I rarely have any quantitative background; my school does not require rigorous math courses for econ majors. Math for econ (B+) and Intro to stat(A+) is pretty much all. My cum GPA is 4.0/4.3. I have very little work experience(internship) as well. (5mo in a US government organization, 2 mo in local consulting, passed CFA level 1) Is there any chance that I can make into a decent MFin program, if I take an year
19 Jan 2019
What are the best master's degrees for people with a "bad" bachelor ? I did my bachelor in Goethe University in Frankfurt with a 2.2. What Master should I apply for to get a job in IB
30 Jun 2021
I am in the process of deciding whether to go to grad school or not. is there any where one could read more about the pro and cons of different grad school in the US and Canada? Master of Finance Vs MBA? What are the exit opps?
13 Jun 2013
I'm a senior econ major at non-hyp ivy. I want to work in HK but I was dinged fot FT interviews. I'm considering applying to the MFin program at UHK (aka HKU). I like the curriculum (traditional finance with financial engineering) and I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hard to get a finance job after completing it since HKU is a top school in hong kong. Am I wrong? I am not ethnically asian and I would likely stand out amongst mostly chinese students. Also I don't speak mandarin or cantonese.
19 Oct 2010
What business school can I get into if I went to a state school and graduated with straight A's in my finance classes but overall I have a cumulative 3.24. All the C's are from when I was a teenager so the second half of my transcript looks significantly better but I'm wondering how hard grad school's are to get into.
15 May 2021
Hi. I'm interested in applying to UCB & Columbia MFE program. My information is as follows: BSE in EE from top10 program with 3.45 GPA MSE in ECE (electrical & computer engineer) from top 5 with 3.5 GPA 1 yr of Full time work experience in High Tech (think google or apple) GRE: 156V 170Q 4.0AWA How do you see my chances? In addition, I would prefer to work in Quant Research/Analysis related role to trader or SW Quant Developer. Do you see it plausible? And is there anything I could prepare to get into these roles? e.g. CFA Any Feedback will be appreciated :)
03 Aug 2014
Spent 2 years at a CC then transferred to a non-target state school. Graduated from the CC with 3.6/3.7 (would've been 3.8 but got a bad grade in one class after being too focused on ec's) and I expect to graduate from the state school with a similar GPA with a degree in Accounting. Due to going to a non-target, I'm concerned about job prospects, though with a 3.5+ GPA in my major I'll easily land in Big 4 audit since they recruit constantly at my school, but it's not what I'm looking for. If I don't get a good job offer, I'm considering going straight to an MSF program at a Tier 1/2 school in
18 Jul 2016
I'm trying to decide between doing a master of finance at Schulich in Toronto or EDHEC in Nice. I'm naturally inclined towards EDHEC because of cost (EUR 19,000, with 20% scholarship) and location but I would like to work in Toronto after graduation. Naturally Schulich (CAD 43,000) is in a much better position to place me in Toronto but how much is this difference worth? Any insight into the quality of the programme and job placement is much appreciated!
25 May 2012