Things to know before I start:
-I am an undergraduate student in GUST University in Kuwait.
-Majoring in finance
-graduating in June 2011
-Not worried about the funding
-GPA about 3.35
-GMAT 540 (Scaled Scores were:39 Quantitative, 25 Verbal)
-Would like to start the program in Jan 2012.
-Have taken an internship course that lasted 6weeks in an investment company.
-Will pursue a PhD in Finance after it.
The biggest problem I am facing is that my university is not yet accredited by the AACSB, they have mentioned before that they are working on getting it, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that.
The second problem as you can see is that my GPA and GMAT are not so good. Now this was my first GMAT try and I really haven't studied much for it, so I know that I can do much better next time.
Obviously, I am not expecting a top notch MSF program, but -and excuse my use of words- 'a stepping stone' to a top notch Finance PhD program, so basically a university that is under the radar of the top notch universities offering PhD in Finance, I do know that there isn't a university that guarantees that.
On another note, my university is looking to start MSF and MSA program with affiliation with FIU, but it's gonna take awhile and I am not going to wait or risk them not getting the accreditation yet. So for the time being they have an unofficial association with FIU, and they told me that they could help me get in FIU especially since I already pass FIU's requirements, so how good is FIU in the eye's of the top notch PhD in Finance programs. And more importantly how is their MSF program?
Thanks in advance.
P.S: IF POSSIBLE I hope that any answers would be associated with some links, so I can have something more to work with
FIU is not very well known. You really need to get your GMAT up, your grades are okay if you have a strong GMAT.
You mean GUST is not AACSB accredited (not the graduate program you're trying to attend)? I don't think that will matter unless your university is a diploma mill. Is it accredited by legit governing bodies in your country/region/world? That should be fine.