Hey Everyone, I am currently in my second year at Business school and want to take my Masters in Finance in either UK or in the US. My preferred schools: - LBS MFA - LSE MFIN - Imperial MFIN - Said MFIN - Judge I dont know any universities in the US other than Princeton and MIT that offers a MFIN. I dont think I stand a chance at those two. Is there any other universities in the US I should check out? My plan after school is to getting into IB at a boutique investment bank, preferrably in London or in NYC. Quick Stats: University: xxx (Top ranked business school in xxx, Source: Financial Times
15 Jan 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
Hey guys, I am looking for the best MFin programs in the US. I have a 112 Toefl and 167Q GRE (~710 GMAT) while I have already done a Master of Finance in Europe and have a Top 10% Bachelor in a German Top 5 university. For me, it is important to get a job in the US as I see doing a Master there as an opportunity to start a career abroad which is very hard to do otherwise. Additionally, I want to improve my standings as my graduating university is not that well known. I am a more quantitatively inclined person with decent person skills. Thus, I do not see myself as a full Quant but rather
11 Dec 2019
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 know this topic is not related to admissions so my apologies in advance if it's not in the right forum. I am currently in a relationship with a great girl; we've been dating for about 2 years, and even though marriage is not something that's on my mind yet, i could definitely see myself marrying this girl. She applied to business schools during round 1, and I did applications for round 2, for mba as well as mfin. She was lucky enough to get into her first choice and already sent in her deposit, so there's no ambiguity on where she will end up this fall. On my end though, i'm interviewing, and if i don't get into that school i will have to go elsewhere. I also applied to a few european mfin programs, so depending on my options it could become a real long-distance thing.
18 Feb 2013
I go to a non-target school (junior) and am considering going into a masters of finance program right after graduation. I had S & T interviews at 4 BBs and didn't get a SA offer and really want to be in Sales & Trading. I will also have the CFA level 1 & II out of the way before I enter the masters of finance program. Domestically I am considering: -MIT -Princeton -George Washington University -Villanova -Johns Hopkins University and internationally: -Oxford -London School of Economics -City University London-Cass -IE Business School -HEC Paris -University of Strathclyde Business School -Rotterdam School of Management I'm really interested in knowing which of the these schools has the most street cred for sales and trading (especially the international schools).
29 Mar 2009
Hey, Is a Mfin from MIT then a top MBA from H/S/W/C/C worth it? Let say you will be 27 when applying to an MBA, 2 Masters (one mfin), 2 years ib/consulting experiences (one pre MFIN one post MFIN)? I GUESS you will be promoted to associated when you already have an mfin... but let say you got bored of s&t, want to do ibd/pe/hf... Then will the MBA bring extra value? Or should I skip the Mfin and work one more year and apply for MBA directly?
07 Mar 2011
Hi, I am looking for classification of colleges (besides MIT & Princeton) that offer MFin courses. Is it true that any other college except the two (i.e. MIT & P'ton) comes a very distant third? Would really appreciate if a ranking can be provided. About me : 23years old, male, from India, MBA Finance from a target college in India (but unknown globally), FRM, 1.5 years experience in Risk Management, going to join HSBC in a month, by the time I join any course I will have ~ 40 months experience. Looking to work in the M&A function of an investment bank. Regards Harsh
09 Feb 2011
So I'm considering doing my MFin or Msc Finance abroad after I finish my undergrad in 2016 (Canada, semi-target school). My current GPA is pretty crap (2.9), the first 2 years of university were really hard for me, but now I've got my shit together and think I can finish with around a 3.10. As of now, I don't really have any experience besides being a finance lab asisstant, and will be writing my CFA level 1 in December. Just based on this information, are there are any programs I can get into? I've tried looking at masters programs in Sweden and Norway (cheap/free tuition) but none of them show the requirements, so now I'm not sure what the general requirements are, and at $100 an application, I don't wanna shell out money for schools I know I won't get in to.
21 Mar 2015
Having realized that it's going to be almost impossible for me to get into trading (in any capacity - S&T, HF, Prop) with my current resume, I've been doing lots of thinking and prepping in hopes of perhaps going back to school. I've been speaking to the head of one of the MFE programs in the midwest about possibly looking to get into the program. He seems to think it's very possible, given enough prep. I've read in a few places that this might not actually be the best thing if you're actually looking to break into trading, quant or otherwise. However, at this point I feel it's the most viable option given successful entry and completion of a program.
22 Jan 2015
Please give me a profile Eval for MIT MFin: 3.8 GPA Economics from Top 20 US Undergrad (Math Courses: Statistics = A, Calc I = A, Calc II = A) 3.3 GPA at MAcc at Top 25 School Internships at Venture Capital Firm, Boutique Investment Banking Firm, Big 4 financial advisory, and BB Wealth Management all in NYC. GRE: 161 V/160 Q - willing to retake as I did not study enough the first time I took it. By the time I enter program - may have one year at top firm in equity research or something similar. Goal - to get into an Elite M&A IB Analyst program then Private Equity. As crazy as this sounds, I
07 Jun 2015
Currently working at a small real estate company in an analyst role (mainly acquisitions/dispositions), would like to jump into IB (if I can) or real estate private equity. Considering Arizona State, UC Irvine, Utah, and SMU for my MSF (I applied to UT Austin but haven't heard back yet), thoughts on these schools? I would be applying to a higher tier of schools but I have a non-quant 2.9 undergrad degree with a 700 gmat. I'm leaning towards SMU, as it's part time and I would be able to land a summer internship in between semesters. ASU would be my top choice (it's ranked higher) but it's full
01 May 2019
Application season is coming up, so I figured I would provide some unofficial info via Q&A on the program to those interested. Anything goes from admissions (chances, essays, interviews) to curriculum to class profile to quality of instruction to industry connections to job placement to anything else. The program plans to expand significantly for next year so more spots will be available than in the past (up to 50% more). (I am not an official representative of the program - visit http://mitsloan.mit.edu/academic/mfin/ for official info. Some good data here as well: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba
02 Jul 2012
Hello all. I was told to post here as you would be helpful in guiding me through this. A little bit about me: I am a 5th year undergrad senior graduating in December of this year. I am graduating with three majors in Business Economics, Finance, and Accounting at a large public university (Think SEC school) I have around a 3.5 GPA. 2 local finance internships (nothing great) 1 internship with a F500 company Participated in the Investment Fund at my school holding 2 positions here Holding a research assistant position for now Several extracurricular activities (Tutoring, honor society, several academic organizations, cultural organization) I have taken the GMAT but scored really low.
13 Nov 2011
If you go to a finance school like Booth can you essentially incorporate an MFin and MA Econ into your MBA? Most MA Econ = macro, micro, econometrics, random electives (which could prob overlap with the finance ones) Most MFin = (these seem to vary more, but I'm listing some common ones) derivatives, stochastic calc, time series analysis, portfolio management, risk management, interest rate/credit models, computational methods Seems like most of the econ/electives ones are offered and some of the mfin ones are. Given that you take 20 courses, it seems like you could even do 1/5 on random topics and 4/5 heavy econ/finance and come out with nearly the same as the master's degrees.
20 Oct 2011
Hi guys, I'm new to the website, but I've been following for a few months now. I'm about one week away from submitting a slew of Finance applications (just need to finish up the statements of purpose), and I'm just curious what people thought of my chances for acceptance. The cost of applications is obviously a consideration, and I'd be plenty bummed if I ended up getting nowhere. Info: I attended New College of Florida, which most people don't know about, but it's the state's honors college and is highly ranked in liberal arts college rankings--hey, William Dudley went there. Major: Economics Minor: Applied Mathematics I served as the teacher's assistant for Linear Algebra, Calculus III, Advanced Microeconomics, and two semesters of Ordinary Differential Equations.
10 Jan 2011
Hello So I a recently graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a 1.9 GPA. First year was a write off due to the typical first year away from home and wanting to party experience. Second and third year I was doing full time PE internships while doing FT school hence my grades suffered. Then my last year I started Real estate development with my buddy where we bought some lots for homes and built custom for customers and we continue to do so, however I am trying to figure out my next step. Should I waste my time doing the GMAT and applying to MFin programs, do the CFA or just try to get
11 Dec 2020
I'm trying to figure out if I'd be competitive for a top UK Masters in Finance (thinking LSE/Oxford) I'm graduating in May from a top-10 US university with a 3.7 majoring in International Business. Got a 710 on the GMAT (44/42 Q/V). Have some decent internships, but only finance-related, and a lot of volunteer/international experience. Anyone at or applied to the aforementioned programs that could let me know if it's worth the time to apply? I think my main weakness is my Q gmat score, which is around 70th percentile -- I've read that they want 90th. Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks.
20 Feb 2010
Is business school really the key to break into trading? This has been popping into my head a lot lately, with the job market as it is today, more and more prospective monkeys have dropped the chase and picked up the books instead to realize their BSD dreams. Here on WSO, after the usual networking advice, "Go back to school" or "Take an MSF" has become the default response when people post here with trouble snagging jobs in trading. But will it really help? Or is a career in trading really dictated from undergrad? Browsing through placement stats at msfhq.com, (check it out by the way, it has
29 Nov 2010
Need advice on which MSF program to attend. Deciding between Vanderbilt, WUSTL, and UT Austin. I don't care about geographical location in terms of the school or placement. I want to be placed at a bulge bracket IB program. My background: - Umiami BA Econ gpa 3.1 - 1 year work exp. in financial services (credit officer) - No relevant experience in college besides majoring in economics because it was an interest. I was pre-med and almost all my undergrad extra currics reflect that. - No prior IB experience Looking to: - Get into a bulge bracket IB analyst/assoc. program
12 Apr 2015
US schools seem too expensive for me, and I think I would stay in canada despite the BB being in USA. I am at a non target and I want to break into banking and think by going to a grad program it will give me access to recruiters to help me break in. Know of any good programs? So far this is what I am looking at: York Schulich MFin UToronto Rotman MFin Waterloo Quantitative Finance McMaster or Laurier Co op MBA From what I heard a MBA is more valuable, but I know many top schools do not accept ppl straight after undergrad. I am more inclined to do a MBA because if I do not break into banking I can fall back on F500, though it does not seem like much in comparison. So I am left looking at tier two MBA programs or Master programs like MFin.
25 Jan 2013
Hello everyone. I got admitted to Tulane's MFIN program, and am also considering WUSTL MSF program. Can any one comment on the quality and prestige of WUSTL vs. Tulane programs? I am not too worried about OCR IB placement or consulting etc... I subscribe to "you have to go and get it yourself, rather than have it come to you" mentality. My background is in engineering from KU. So basically which yields more respect? Thanks Dan
07 Jan 2012
Hi, I am about to graduate from my university. Recently got MIT MFIN and fixed income strategy intern at an IB. I do not know whether I should go to MFIN first or try to get full time offer after the intern, and then go for MBA? I do not mind spending time doing both, but they are just too expensive.... I know MFIN or MBA really depends on your career choice. Right now I am quite interested in research/strategy and portfolio mgt. But I do not know whether things will change over the years,and I do see a lot of ppl working in AM have MBA. Thanks for help!
01 Mar 2011
Assume I'm a student at an outer borough CUNY (City University of New York) with no on-campus recruiting. I have the opportunity to graduate from this CUNY by August of next year – winter and summer sessions included. Next-to-best-case scenario is graduating with a BA in Economics & Math and, if I'm lucky, a few relevant, substantive and interesting internships. Best-case would obviously be to "break in", as they say, and get myself an interview and then a job... That said, it is probable that I won't have the opportunity to interview at any BBs. Anticipating this, I will position myself to be competitive (via top grades in relevant coursework, letters of rec & GRE) for admission to a top graduate program with high placement rates (Princeton MFin) at companies I want to work for. IF my ultimate goal is to land a front office gig in either IBD, S&T or equity research – would I be better suited to transfer to a target school as a junior next fall, incur debt, and graduate in 2013? Or should I graduate next year, with no debt, and aim for a top masters? Thanks in advance, serious advice is appreciated.
31 Mar 2010
I have interviews with them this coming week. They're both great programs although LBS caters to older experienced professionals while NYU leans younger (similar to MIT in that regard while LBS is more like berkeley with respect to age). Wondering if anyone has input on the quality of job placements from those schools as I heard mixed things, and the websites don't have concrete placement info similar to princeton mfin.
11 Feb 2013
If anyone is interested in the Cambridge MFin (which is the course designed for people with 2 years or more of finance experience) and will be in New York the week of December 6th, the director of admissions will be in town giving a talk about the program. This is a good way to find out more and ask any questions that you have. I went through the course last year so if you have any additional questions you can put them through to me. http://www.cambridgemfin.com/ Just go to the Meet Us section to find out details. Thanks
01 Nov 2010
Hi, I'm in the process of applying for the MFIN at SSE (Dream school for its quality and affordability + want to live in Sweden). Wanted an opinion on my profile, and any suggestions other programs I should apply (want to work in finance or consulting in Sweden). Finally, an advice on how to improve my profile would be amazing (plan on applying next year if not accepted this one!). Age: 21 when I graduate. Spanish and Bolivian nationality. Undergraduate: 7.5/10 (Minimum applying from Spain). Joint degree BSc. in Economics with a mention M1 in Quantitative Economics from UAM - PSL (Dauphine)
24 Nov 2021
Hi guys, I am a senior in college and interested in IB or PE after graduation. I have applied to some top master of finance programs in the UK and US, including Oxford MFE, Princeton MSF, MIT Mfin, Columbia MFE. I already got admitted to Oxford's Master of Finance Economics program. How would you guys rank those programs in terms of getting a job at IB or PE? Thanks a lot. By the way, I am an international student studying in a non-target US school. : ）
21 Nov 2012
I was trading derivatives at a BB and was made redundant recently . Since job mkt seems shut down at the moment, I decided to go back to school. I have the following options: 1. MFE at UC Berkleley 2. MFin math at Stanford 3. NYU Math finance My goal is to go back to trading or structuring on the sell side, or quant AM on the buy side. Stanford has the best brand, but I heard some bad things about their placement. Berkeley seems to have strong placement, but it is a public school... any thoughts?
22 Feb 2009
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I tried to exhaust the search feature before posting this. I'm currently thinking about applying for a MSF at a top university (think Princeton, MIT, LSE, etc.) and was curious to see if I currently have a reasonable chance at being accepted to these programs. Stats: 740+ GMAT 3.9 Undergrad GPA at top state school (think Virginia, Texas, Michigan, UC Berkeley) Finance undergrad, minor in Mathematics, and completed certificate program Two trading internships Full-time and internship at BB investment bank Member/leadership roles of a few finance and volunteer organizations
14 Apr 2014
i'm trying to decide between cornell's masters financial engineering program vs lse's masters in finance program pros/cons for cornell: more quantitative, 3 semester program so i can do an internship, 2 good semesters in ithaca and 1 in nyc where i can have networking opportunities as well as enjoy ithaca, project based education, ivy league school, more computing so more technical skillset pros/cons for lse: in london, less quantitative more focus on corporate finance, 2 semesters so no time for internship but sooner to securing a ft job and making money, more internationally known brand name, more diverse student base
13 Apr 2011
I'm putting together b-school apps for round 3. Should I apply to all remaining M7 schools + INSEAD / LBS (MiF) in round 3? Wouldn't that be the same as applying to H/W/S in round 2 probability wise?
11 Jan 2012
So MIT got about 900 apps this year, up from about 175 last year... damn with a 21% acceptance rate those people in the first group are lucky so is this program going to become as quantitative and competitive as Princeton? They claim on their website that they want it to be generalized finance but i think thats a disguise I was hoping to apply to this next year, but hearing about this years numbers got me down... realistically what are the chances with a ~700 GMAT for an Engineering grad with a not so excellent gpa (3.6-3.7 magna, not summa) anyone get in this year?
19 May 2010
Hello WSO, I am an undergraduate computer science student from a non-US, non-target university who somehow managed to land a trading internship at a $20B+ quant hedge fund based in Chicago for this upcoming summer. I am thinking about doing a master's degree in the United States at a top school to boost my educational credentials. I'm interested in something quantitative, math-y and CS-y, and so far I like MIT Sloan and Princeton's MFin program. Considering that I want to be a trader instead of a quant, should I go for MFin or MFE and which schools have the most reputable programs?
28 Feb 2015
Hey I know many ppl here are very knowledgeable and was wondering what should I do. Currently have a 3.8 GPA, and I am from Canada (Toronto). I was wondering what should I do CFA, MBA, MFIN, MFE... I think I would like to do investment banking so I was thinking of aiming to do my MFin, at Queens University. I believe Rotman, Ivey, and Queens students run Bay Street. Though Queen's Mfin program usually require candidates to have work experience they will make an exception for strong candidates that demonstrate two of the qualities (undergrad in business, gmat >650, and CFA lvl 1).
27 Jan 2013
Hi, I have an extremely poor undergrad GPA (2.19) in engineering but have tried to make up for it by completing PRM and 2 levels of CFA (3rd possibly depending on the result in aug). With a work ex of 2 years in corporate finance as a business analyst, I am looking to do MFin from a top university in the US to build on my certifications in finance. I am yet to give GMAT/GRE, but even if I absolutely crack it (which I think I would be able to), will I still be doomed because of my gpa?
24 Jul 2013
Hi I am from South Africa, and will be graduating this year with a bachelors in investment management and economics. I want to study postgrad in the U.S., hopefully an MBA. However, I know there is a strong emphasis on having work experience before doin an MBA, especially for a top-tier course. Basically I want to know what my chances are of getting in straight out of undergrad. Here are my specs: GMAT: 700+ Work experience: 1 year full-time NPO, currently doing fin.management for an AIDS orphanage GPA: I dont know, as we use different scale, but I am in the top 1% of one of the top Universities in South Africa
15 Feb 2010
What do you guys think of this program? http://www.math.columbia.edu/department/mafn/page… I noticed (I could be mistaken) it's not on Anthony's site. It seems like a good program, says they placed into BB's, DE Shaw and McKinsey...
06 Oct 2010
So I am still waiting on several colleges that all come out next week, but as of right now I am settled on UVA. Cost is no issue, but I was wondering if it was worth getting an MFin through the 5 year undergrad program at McIntire. Due to AP classes and such in high school I have 40 credits that I can transfer at UVA, I'm going to enter college (if UVA) already having finished Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, as well as many other AP classes. The total number of credits is around 40 and you need 120 to graduate, so basically I've done a year+ already. In this situation I could get a BA+MFin in 4 years, maybe less if I do summer sessions/winter sessions. I am new to this blog so please correct me if I am posting in the wrong section etc. Thank You!
24 Mar 2015
Been trying to get a summer job, feels like next to impossible to land a banking "summer" job. I am coming from a non target school, i have won awards for writing creative essays which translated into my cover letter but I only got 1 interview. I am also from Canada. I feel like I should just do grad school and go into a Mfin program and try my luck there.
24 Jan 2013
I want to be an institutional trader, but I went to law school. After law school, I can pursue three paths. The safest route would be to take the bar and look for work as an in-house attorney since I do not want to wok in a firm or litigate. Second, I could take an additional year and obtain a MBA. Finally, I could take an additional year to obtain a MFIN from Tulane. Ideally, my second or third plan would allow me to land an in-house position, an institutional trader position, or an investment banker position. What should I do? How attractive is a JD/MFIN? Thanks.
23 Jan 2011
I am one semester into a two-year masters in econ right now in continental Europe. However, I am considering just quitting and doing a one-year MFin in the UK, where I would like to work after graduation. When I started the econ master I was unsure of what I wanted to do afterwards but now am pretty settled on finance. I come from a completely different undergraduate background with no related experience. What it mostly comes down to is whether simply quitting a degree program halfway through would look bad enough to outweigh having a degree titled MFin and possible networking and work permit
03 Jan 2013
Need Profile Evaluation. Degree : Engineering GPA : 62% VTU, Belgaum India Post Graduate : PG in Securities Markets at NISM SEBI India. SEBI is SEC equivalent in India GPA : 70% Work Ex 32 months : Infosys Technologies as Software Engineer Credit Rating Agency 5 months Cleared CFA Level 1 and FRM Level 1 Appeared for CFA Level 2 in June 2012 Currently working in Vluation of Structered Products GRE: 318 Quant : 163 Toefl : Yet to take Planning to RE take GRE to increase Quant Score. Planning to apply to Princeton Cornell Georgia Tech UCLA Columbia Haas California Boston PLease Evaluate my profile
09 Nov 2012
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
04 Aug 2014
After looking fruitlessly for gainful employment in finance I was wondering, if I could score a 700+ on the GMAT (with a high quant score) is there a chance I could get into a upper tier program? Some of the schools have GPA requirements, should I just avoid those? Most of the schools mention a capacity to do the coursework - which I'm thinking a 2.3 cumulative GPA doesn't inspire much confidence...
03 Jul 2011
Hi, I am looking to change sectors and get into IB (London/NY). Background: B.Com(Hons.) - 79% , CFA L3 passed, GMAT - 750 (Q50V42), 1 year at Barclays as finance analyst, 2 years at Teach For India (NGO -Education). I need help: 1) Given my background, is such a transition into IB viable? 2) Should I opt for MBA or for MFin/MFE? (aim is to get into IB) 3) What are the target MBA or MFin/MFE schools for IB? Programmes I am looking forward to: MBA - Columbia, Chicago Booth, NYU, Cornell, LBS, MIT. MFin/MFE - Columbia, Princeton, MIT, LBS. 4) What schools can be added to the list? 5)
14 Dec 2019
Dear community, I am from Asia and have 2 offers - both IBD - 1 from a boutique IB and 1 from a Big 4 firm. My goal is to study MFin at MIT/Oxford/Cambridge in 2-3 years and go to BB IB/PE in US/UK/Asia. The boutique IB has 10 offices around the globe, including NYC & London, although most are in Asia, so it's no name in US/UK. However, a quick google shows that people think decently of this IB, giving it a score of 4.5 on Glassdoor, so I guess the working environment won't be too shabby. The firm specializes in US$50-250 mn deals. On this board, people do not view the Big 4 with high
21 May 2018
I was looking at programs like masters finance at u chicago, MIT, Princeton etc as I eventually want to get into trading I have a decent (but not great) GPA ~3.7 in Engineering, but my math background is lacking. Ive done Mulitvariable calc and dif eq (only 2 courses in college), but never did probability stats or linear algebra. Does this mean I don't have a chance at these programs? If I work a year or two in a non mathematical heavy financial job (say IB) will this have any relevance in improving my app?
01 Apr 2010