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MS Finance in Fall/Spring/Summer 2009 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 17:44
Hello All,

I am thinking of applying for MS Finance in 2009. It would be great if people on this forum could offer view points and suggestions as to the good schools.

To start off, I am an international applicant so the ever present visa issue (of getting a work visa) is of key importance to me. I have a Math background and am also a CFA Level 2 candidate, having cleared the CFA Level 1 in Dec 2007.

I am interested in a one year program and something that is focussed on MS Finance. At this point I am not considering the dual MBA - MS or the M Engg - Financial Engg streams.
I am yet to give my GMAT.

I am thinking of the following universities/schools.

1. Tepper - Carnegie Mellon MSCF
2. Princeton
3. Villanova
4. UIUC
5. Georgia Institute of Technology
6.Purdue ( I am not sure as to placements for Purdue)

Some of the primary factors that go into the decision making include - school reputations, placements, cost of tuition etc

I think schools 1,2,4 do not offer any kind of university aid, but 3,5,6 may offer graduate teaching/research scholarships. I am not sure on this info...it would be great if someone could confirm it.
From what I have gathered from previous posts on this topic, UIUC intake is as high as 100+, so placements are a bit doubtful.

Can anyone shed light on Villanova and Purdue courses..??

Folks - please feel free to confirm/contradict the points mentioned above.

Thanks!!
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Re: MS Finance in Fall/Spring/Summer 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 14:49
I did some research last year about these programs. I looked into the following programs :
- MFin (Princeton)
- MiF (LBS)
- MSFM (Columbia)
- MFE (Haas)
- MSCF (Tepper)

Some general guidelines :
- Focus on quant. These schools want math guns - Princeton dinged me without an interview, primarily because (I think) my 48 in Q in GMAT. I think only 50+ quant in GMAT should bother applying to Princeton. With MiF you need relevant work experience.
- Some of the schools only accept a GRE and not a GMAT, hence watch it may even be better to take the GRE than to take the GMAT.
- I believe NYU has an interesting looking MBA / MS Financial Math program. Beware - this may require GMAT AND GRE (and maybe TOEFL since you are an international).
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Re: MS Finance in Fall/Spring/Summer 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 15:51
Thanks bsd_lover.

I am planning to focus on Quant on my GMAT. I agree - some colleges prefer the GRE to the GMAT, however I am not sure at this point if I will be able to give the GRE too.

I will decide on this once I have a fair idea of which colleges require which score...
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Re: MS Finance in Fall/Spring/Summer 2009 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2008, 06:48
hello my name is elie i am Lebanese 20 year old student in finance at the american university of Beirut (number one uni in lebanon) i am currently in my final year and i plan to apply to a grad school for a finance masters for fall 2009 can you help me with what schools to choose. what do you personaly think about baruch (zicklin).
plz reply thank you in advance
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Re: MS Finance in Fall/Spring/Summer 2009 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 13:18
So I'm looking to enter an MSF program in 2009...
A bit about me - Undergrad GPA 3.75/4.0 Finance GPA 3.9/4.0 - From a public university here in the U.S.A, BSBA concentration in Finance.
National Merit Scholar, full ride, etc, etc.
I have a couple of professors who will write me glowing recommendations in the bag already.
Currently working at a regional bank - the work experience is probably going to be irrelevant to getting into a top notch program, it's a very very entry level position. I'm trying to go back to school in order to advance my career faster than working my way up the bank from the very bottom.

Taking the GMAT in the next month - shooting for over a 700 - I'm a rockstar at the verbal section already but am trying to hone my junior high algebra skills a little more before I do. I have no doubt I can push the score up over 700, maybe up to a 750 if I have a good day.

I'm looking at a comprehensive program such as Washington in St. Louis, Vanderbilt, UIUC, LSE, Princeton (not a chance in hell I'll make that one), or U of FL. I don't have enough programming/high level math experience to make any MFE programs.

I guess I was wondering what people's experiences with Vanderbilt, Wash. St. Louis, or U of FL have been - I think I'll end up in the top 3rd of GMAT/GPA scores, but I'd like to hear more about individual profiles who made the cut.
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