Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 25 Nov 2015, 10:30
GMAT Club Tests


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

CFA vs Top 20 MBA

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 11 Jun 2011
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 3

CFA vs Top 20 MBA [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 18:22
Hello All,

I am 27 yrs old and have a 2.9 GPA from a Top 50 State University where i majored in Finance. I worked and paid for all my schooling until my final year when i had to drop out (At that time, i had a gpa of 2.5) because i was working 40 hours and just didnt have the time to study. After 3.5 years of working full time, last year i went back to finish my degree. I am graduating in 2 weeks with a gpa close to 3.

I have been working in the financial services industry (Private Equity fund services- Middle Office Performance and Analytic). In the 4.5 years i have worked here, i have been promoted 3 times (1 year the company had a promotion freeze) from an Analyst to a Senior Mgr. I feel like i am getting to an age where i need to be sure what i want to do with my life. While i like what i do, im very complacent and want more. After taking Advanced Corporate finance course last semester (which i got an A in), i want to try and get into an IB or CF of a company. I see two options - either i get a CFA or go to a very good MBA school. What is the best option?

I took my gmat last year and got a 710. Ever since i came back to school, i have taken 7 upper level courses with 6As and 1 A-. Realistically what are my chances of getting into a top 15/20 school. I have heard that spending thousands of dollars and going to a decent school isnt worth it. If a top 20 school isnt possible, would a CFA help? I am confused and was wondering what some of you guys think?

Thanks in advance.
Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Joined: 02 Feb 2012
Posts: 76
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0

Re: CFA vs Top 20 MBA [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 18:41
CFA will not really help you break into IB or CF. It is more for asset management.

For the fields you're looking at, MBA will be helpful. I have a not dissimilar job to yours with a little better GPA and GMAT. Although I didn't have quite the cycle I was looking for, I did get interviews at a range of top 20 schools, so you are certainly in range for that level and those schools will help you transition to your desired fields. While it is expensive, you're probably stuck in the middle office without it.
Re: CFA vs Top 20 MBA   [#permalink] 24 Apr 2012, 18:41
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
1 Links to admission events for top 20 schools and MBA fairs su05 0 07 Jan 2014, 22:58
Top 20 B-School: Cost vs Ranking Jamerican 4 29 Jan 2011, 06:06
CFA - finish it before doing MBA? epv 7 16 Aug 2010, 05:43
Investment management, MBA and CFA... britguy 2 07 Nov 2009, 10:09
1 CFA levels and MBA admissions TNTGMAT 2 09 Aug 2008, 18:35
Display posts from previous: Sort by

CFA vs Top 20 MBA

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.