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MFin query... [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 00:12
Hi

I graduated form the indian institute of technology , Kanpur 3 years back with a gpa of 9.2/10 , majoring in civil engineering. I have since been working in a top oil field services company. I also took a Bsc Economics degree for the University of London International programme as an external student at LSE while working. I graduated with first class honours . I now wish to switch over to commodity(energy) trading and wish to apply to MFin at MIT and Msc Finance at LSE for the same reason.

I recently took GMAT and got a score of 790.
Could you please tell me if stand a chance of getting accepted in either of the programmes .Also could you suggest some other programmes that might help me make the career switch. Further more a 9.2/10 may not seem much on scale of 4 (3.68) but the grading policy at IITs is rather harsh and a graduating GPA of 9+ means that you'd be in at least the top 5 in your class. Are the adcoms at top universities aware of this???
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Re: MFin query... [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 21:24
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Wow. I am impressed.
With a 790 plus 9/10 you have a one-two punch that will make you a good candidate at any school you want. Truly. And yes, the schools know that a 9/10 is an amazing score for India, but it sure would not hurt to remind them of what this means and cite your ranking in the top 5.

I think you should have good chances at the schools you mentioned, but you may want to add a few more to your list. And given your amazing numbers I would add only the best - Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, Booth.

If you have anything else, be very happy to advise,
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Re: MFin query... [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 22:17
Thank you for the encouraging words. IITs do not give an official statement of your class ranking ,so I don't think I can possibly mention the rank part. Further the other schools that you have recommended seem to require some years of work experience in financial services which I don't have . Do these schools waiver the work-ex requirement in some cases??
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Re: MFin query... [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 03:33
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It's true that the large majority of students going in will have some finance experience, but I feel that if you can make your story make sense, you should still have a shot given that your numbers are so high (of course any sort of relevant work you have that can be related to finance, be it in your workplace or studies would be very helpful). If you can make them believe that this is the right thing for you and convince them that you can be successful in finance, you will have done half the work already.
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