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msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 16:44
I've been admitted in the msc finance program at washu and imperial. I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. Would really appreciate any advice on how the compare in terms of job prospects (i am an international student), program recognition. In short, which is a better program.

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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 19:57
Are costs a concern? I believe Imperial would have better job prospects (London BB) and far stronger brand name and reputation. WUSTL places some in the BB. Also it depends where you want to work.
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 20:04
Costs aren't that much of an issue. I'm more concerned with choosing the program that helps me the most in securing job placement afterwards. Imperial has had 93% placement while washu has 97%. I like the smaller class size of washu (less than 50 admitted for the 2011 program) and I have been admitted to the new quantitative finance track. Imperial has global recognition that is not the case with washu. It would be great if anyone who has had experience in any of the programs could provide some insight.
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 20:23
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Costs aren't that much of an issue. I'm more concerned with choosing the program that helps me the most in securing job placement afterwards. Imperial has had 93% placement while washu has 97%. I like the smaller class size of washu (less than 50 admitted for the 2011 program) and I have been admitted to the new quantitative finance track. Imperial has global recognition that is not the case with washu. It would be great if anyone who has had experience in any of the programs could provide some insight.



Placement % is less important than what roles you're interested in. What area of finance do you want
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 20:40
haven't quite decided yet, but probably ibd or credit risk
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 01:37
Hi, I have also been accepted by Imperial..I think the first criteria for deciding should be your goals. Then if you are a Non-EU student, remember that the PSW visa in the UK has been cancelled. However, if I were you I would definitely go for Imperial since it has a far better brand name and the course is well designed.
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 11:58
ive never heard of imperial is that in the uk? i'll be attending washu's msf quant finance in the fall...
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Re: msc finance imperial or washu st.louis [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 13:15
yeah imperial is in the uk, one of the top univs there, though there business school is not at par with the likes of lse,warwick.

i agree that imperial has the brand name and prestige, but its not well known for its business school.

pros Imperial: program has a lower cost than the program at washu. potential brand name, have a lot of recruitment events, placement of 93%. ideally placed in central london.

pros Washu: smaller class size. new quant finance track might give you the edge (being a new program). have placed well over the years (97% placement). 1.5 year course, so get more time to look for opportunities and spend summer in the US looking for internships.
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