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MSF and MBA application differences?

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MSF and MBA application differences? [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 01:52
Hi everyone!

First time posting here and I hope you could help me on this; I've been trying to decide whether I should take a Masters in finance versus an MBA. Yes, I realize the pros and cons of both have been argued ad nauseam but I have never seen what the application differences are. I mean, for some MBA's if you have a weak GMAT but strong GPA and work experience it can make up for it, or how a low GPA can be made up by a Pulitzer-worthy essay, etcetera. But how is it for an MSF? Particularly for LBS/LSE/oxbridge? Sorry if this has been discussed before, I've searched and found nothing on it.

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Re: MSF and MBA application differences? [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 22:01
Hey,

Can't speak for the schools you just mentioned, however, for MSF I think stats play a bigger role in admissions. For instance, I know from the MIT application that they don't even have a real essay. Just 100 word boxes to fill in describing "why a mfin" and "anything else you would like the admissions committee to know", etc. Hence, for that particular app, I'd assume things like essays and recommendations play a very small part in admissions. In general, from my experience, if you don't have good enough GMAT/GPA breakdown, you will struggle in MSF admissions. In MBA applications, a weak GMAT or GPA can be compensated for by spectacular essays and recommendations.

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Re: MSF and MBA application differences? [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 22:54
Thanks!

Yeah I pretty much figured that was the case since most masters just ask for a personal statement, and they're usually kinda short. Thanks again man!
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