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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 11:10
[quote="pavan1984"]I am Pavan from India. I have pursued my Bachelor of Commerce degree & PGDBM(MBA equivalent) in finance and marketing.

I have currently 2 years of work exp and looking forward to pursue MS in finance from US university.
I am taking up my GMAT in DEC 2007 and willing to apply for Aug 2008 admissions.

Kindly suggest me with below questions:

1. How are the career prospects in I-banking after MS finance (i.e Salaries, positions etc)?

2. will my MBA degree add some value along with MS finance?[/quote]

Generally:

1. Career prospects vary drastically depending on the program/school you attend and your performance

2. An MBA from a reputable school should add value. The career prospects for MBA holders are usually better compared to those for MS holders.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2007, 10:30
I got into Villanova. What a relief. Now I can enjoy my holidays!!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 09:28
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Good to see more people visiting the forum :).

Brandeis is pretty well known in the Massachusetts area and I've heard some good things about the school. If you are depending on a student Visa Brandeis sounds like a good bet. Also, Illinois and GW seem partial to candidates with work exp.


Hello everyone,

I have been watching the forum for a while and I find it quite usefull. I gues I am in a similar situation as most of you are. I am getting ready to apply for a MS Finance at a US school and I kinda don't know which way to go.
I am an international student and will finish my undergraduate in acct/fin next summer. My biggest worry is that my undergrad GPA will hurt me a lot (3.15/4.00). I had to finance my own education here in the us and that hurt my grades. Also, I do not have a lot math on my transcrips because the scholl where I am curently at does not place a great emphassis on quantitative skills.
I am ayming for a GMAT score of 700.
My question is: Given my current profile, which schools do u think would be a good fit for me?
I was thinking University of Wyoming, University of Utah; however I would love the idea of Vanderbilt or Princeton. Let me know what u think.

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what t do? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 12:24
Hi again guys, I've been accepted in Brandeis (January) MSF and in Illinois Urbana (June). Which should I choose? IS there a great difference?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 12:39
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Good to see more people visiting the forum :).

Brandeis is pretty well known in the Massachusetts area and I've heard some good things about the school. If you are depending on a student Visa Brandeis sounds like a good bet. Also, Illinois and GW seem partial to candidates with work exp.


Hello everyone,

I have been watching the forum for a while and I find it quite usefull. I gues I am in a similar situation as most of you are. I am getting ready to apply for a MS Finance at a US school and I kinda don't know which way to go.
I am an international student and will finish my undergraduate in acct/fin next summer. My biggest worry is that my undergrad GPA will hurt me a lot (3.15/4.00). I had to finance my own education here in the us and that hurt my grades. Also, I do not have a lot math on my transcrips because the scholl where I am curently at does not place a great emphassis on quantitative skills.
I am ayming for a GMAT score of 700.
My question is: Given my current profile, which schools do u think would be a good fit for me?
I was thinking University of Wyoming, University of Utah; however I would love the idea of Vanderbilt or Princeton. Let me know what u think.

Cheers!


I think Wyoming and Utah should be easy for you to get into if you score close to 700, that should make up for any doubts they had regarding your GPA.

It seems like Vanderbilt welcomes international students, but they are highly selective. You will probably need to not only do well on the GMAT, but also have other areas of strength to make up for GPA. I've applied here for R1 and acadmic background was my area of weakness as well, so I'll update you on their decision. I'm hoping to be called back for an internview.

I've heard Princeton has an even lower acceptance rate and a strong Math background is required, so it might not be a good choice for you at this point.

Here are a couple other schools I considered:

Boston College
Case Western Reserve
Illinois Institute of Technology
Pepperdine - MS in Applied Finance program starting in 08
University of Illinois
Villanova
Washington University in St. Louis - you need Calc 3 at a minimum here
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Re: what t do? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 12:48
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Hi again guys, I've been accepted in Brandeis (January) MSF and in Illinois Urbana (June). Which should I choose? IS there a great difference?
Thank you in advance


Hi Pepe, I've also been accepted into Illinois. So, my preference would be to that school, maybe I will see you there if we both attend :).

Overall, I think Illinois more well known and has a stronger curriculum. But it also depends on where you want to live and what you like about each school.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 22:25
I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2007, 08:19
Congratulations on your acceptances. Did you have to interview with any of the schools? If you did, can you share your experiences? Also, according to the FAQ section, the program "requires" a minimum of 2 years of work experience. Do you all have that minimum?

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2007, 18:29
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Congratulations on your acceptances. Did you have to interview with any of the schools? If you did, can you share your experiences? Also, according to the FAQ section, the program "requires" a minimum of 2 years of work experience. Do you all have that minimum?

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I didnt have an interview. Currently, I have 4 months of work experience with 9 months of internship experience in the area of finance I plan to go into. UoI places an emphasis on work experience, but I dont think its required.

I was suprised how convenient the application process was and the admissions staff were extremely helpful and accomodating.

The only other school I applied to was Vanderbilt, I'm hoping to get an interview there. Anyone else apply or get a response?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2007, 19:23
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I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!


cong~!!! That's definitely good news.

Do they offer any scholarship?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 04:00
raptr wrote:
Congratulations on your acceptances. Did you have to interview with any of the schools? If you did, can you share your experiences? Also, according to the FAQ section, the program "requires" a minimum of 2 years of work experience. Do you all have that minimum?

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I did not have to interview with either schools. I have 2 years of work experience in a Big Four Accounting firm as a CPA. Good luck with your quest.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 04:01
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wondee wrote:
I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!


cong~!!! That's definitely good news.

Do they offer any scholarship?


I think U of Ill does offer scholarship, but the decision is made around or after March 15th ( I think). So where do you think I should go?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 10:18
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wondee wrote:
I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!


cong~!!! That's definitely good news.

Do they offer any scholarship?


I think U of Ill does offer scholarship, but the decision is made around or after March 15th ( I think). So where do you think I should go?


Well, it is a complex question.
I think the school you'd better choose should be the one that will help lead you on your career path more smoothly, and lead you to your career goal sooner, so that the tuition you spend will be better paid off.

To me, I don't know villanova very well, except it is in the outskirt of philly. And that may be a big plus. People are saying if you wanna do finance, stay on the east coast.

As to UIUC, it is a prestigious university in general. It also has very strong finance Ph.D. program, that being said, its curricula may be stronger than those in villanova. But, as i learned from their MS finance website, they took 110 students for class 2007. This is not a small number and I doubt whether they can place all these students each in quality positions in the market.

So my suggestion is, if there is any chance you find their alumni, ask them.

hope this would help,

since i am also applying this year, share your thoughts if you find anything, :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 13:17
i was asked to interview with vanderbilt, only 3 days after turning in my application!

anyone have any experience with vandy?

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wondee wrote:
rrong19 wrote:
wondee wrote:
I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!


cong~!!! That's definitely good news.

Do they offer any scholarship?


I think U of Ill does offer scholarship, but the decision is made around or after March 15th ( I think). So where do you think I should go?


Well, it is a complex question.
I think the school you'd better choose should be the one that will help lead you on your career path more smoothly, and lead you to your career goal sooner, so that the tuition you spend will be better paid off.

To me, I don't know villanova very well, except it is in the outskirt of philly. And that may be a big plus. People are saying if you wanna do finance, stay on the east coast.

As to UIUC, it is a prestigious university in general. It also has very strong finance Ph.D. program, that being said, its curricula may be stronger than those in villanova. But, as i learned from their MS finance website, they took 110 students for class 2007. This is not a small number and I doubt whether they can place all these students each in quality positions in the market.

So my suggestion is, if there is any chance you find their alumni, ask them.

hope this would help,

since i am also applying this year, share your thoughts if you find anything, :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 14:36
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wondee wrote:
I got accepted into both University of Illinois and Villanova! WHere should I attend? I would like to get into I-Banking in New York. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!


cong~!!! That's definitely good news.

Do they offer any scholarship?


I think U of Ill does offer scholarship, but the decision is made around or after March 15th ( I think). So where do you think I should go?


Well, it is a complex question.
I think the school you'd better choose should be the one that will help lead you on your career path more smoothly, and lead you to your career goal sooner, so that the tuition you spend will be better paid off.

To me, I don't know villanova very well, except it is in the outskirt of philly. And that may be a big plus. People are saying if you wanna do finance, stay on the east coast.

As to UIUC, it is a prestigious university in general. It also has very strong finance Ph.D. program, that being said, its curricula may be stronger than those in villanova. But, as i learned from their MS finance website, they took 110 students for class 2007. This is not a small number and I doubt whether they can place all these students each in quality positions in the market.

So my suggestion is, if there is any chance you find their alumni, ask them.

hope this would help,

since i am also applying this year, share your thoughts if you find anything, :wink:


When I attended Villanova info session, I found some very interesting stuff about the program: 1) Last year's class only had about 25 students. 2) The program wants all of its graduates to work in the front office. 3) Almost all of the major investment banks in NY do recruit in campus.

As far as U of Illinois, I could not attend their info session (I dont know if they have one), because I live like 30 minutes from Villanova. The only info I got as far as the placements stats go for U of Ill is from their website, which did help, but not tremondously.

Anyways, good luck with your applications!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 15:57
Quick question to the Urbana Champaign accepts. The online application has a separate section called "Statements". Under this section there is one general question with a 1000-word limit and another "Program-Specific" question with a 300-word limit. However, there seems to be much overlap between both questions. My question is, did you submit both essays and if you did, how did you deal with the overlap?

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 21:04
raptr wrote:
Quick question to the Urbana Champaign accepts. The online application has a separate section called "Statements". Under this section there is one general question with a 1000-word limit and another "Program-Specific" question with a 300-word limit. However, there seems to be much overlap between both questions. My question is, did you submit both essays and if you did, how did you deal with the overlap?

Thanks for all your responses


Hey raptr

If you go to the application checklist on the website it will give you the program specific question, which is the only essay needed. However, I did turn in an additional essay. Both totaled about 500 words.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2007, 12:36
I just had my phone interview with Vanderbilt, Owen MSF. I was pretty nervous, but I learned a lot about the school. From the interview it seemed like the focus is not only on the curriculum, but also heavily on career prepartion. It was great to hear that they even start working with students prior to entry of the program and there are recruiting events within the first two weeks of class.
One thing that concerned me was the regions that students were placed, but the interviewer mentioned that a lot of the 2008 class are focusing on careers in the North East and one individual was already placed. Overall, I was pretty impressed and I think I've made my decision, if I am admitted.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2007, 10:02
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I just had my phone interview with Vanderbilt, Owen MSF. I was pretty nervous, but I learned a lot about the school. From the interview it seemed like the focus is not only on the curriculum, but also heavily on career prepartion. It was great to hear that they even start working with students prior to entry of the program and there are recruiting events within the first two weeks of class.
One thing that concerned me was the regions that students were placed, but the interviewer mentioned that a lot of the 2008 class are focusing on careers in the North East and one individual was already placed. Overall, I was pretty impressed and I think I've made my decision, if I am admitted.


awesome, I haven't submitted my application yet. Will do so before christmas.

I like schools that also focuses on career preparation.

Good luck, and keep us posted,:)

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2007, 08:07
Just wanted to let everyone know I was accepted to Vanderbilt's MS Finance program today with a $5,000 scholarship! Was contacted via phone.
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