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MSc in Finance and its effect on top MBA admissions

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MSc in Finance and its effect on top MBA admissions [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2008, 17:41
Does getting an MSc in Finance immediately following undergrad hurt your chances at a top MBA ~5 years down the road?

I will be graduating after 3 years and would like to learn more about finance before I enter the job market. I'm considering applying to the top MSc programs (LSE, Oxford, Cass) to increase my understanding of finance, cure an itch to get out of middle America (currently a senior at ~100 ranked non-target), and to hopefully increase job prospects.

Also, a secondary question: what are my chances at these top programs?

GPA: 3.95
ECs: Pres of the largest student organization on campus, some tutoring, etc..
Awards: Named 1 of top 5 finance majors in the business college, National Merit, etc..
Recs: Two really good recs. One from head of Finance division and the other from an Econ prof.
GMAT: Haven't taken it yet but 700+ shouldn't be an issue. They're not directly equivalent but I managed a 33 ACT and 1440 SAT with no preparation.

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Re: MSc in Finance and its effect on top MBA admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 19:53
Hey Paul, would you mind answering my question? I know you are probably busy and I understand if you cannot get to it.

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Re: MSc in Finance and its effect on top MBA admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2008, 16:42
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Bayvet,

Sorry for the delay; first-round deadlines take no prisoners. No, an MSc in Finance doesn't hurt your chances of gaining admission to B-school anymore than an MSc in electrical engineering. You just need to explain what each degree gave/gives you that the other doesn't. Obviously, someone using an MBA to make a career switch *out* of finance has an easier time answering the Why an MBA question than someone who wants to stay in finance. But you simply need to explain that in the particular industry niche and management track you're targeting, people need MBAs to rise to senior levels, i.e., management skills *in addition to* their technical finance skills.

Nothing you mentioned in your profile makes me think you wouldn't be competitive at those three schools.

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