I am an international student who graduated from MSU last fall with a bachelor's degree in finance. My overall GPA is 3.4. I am shooting for BC, VANDY, CMC, UIUC, UWSTL and other MSF schools . what are my chances ?
During the summer of my senior year I interned as an investment banking summer analyst at a small boutique IB and after my graduation last fall I was asked to join the firm as a FT analyst. The firm can not sponsor me and I really want to move to a large decent boutique IB in the future. Therefore, if I can not land a job before my OPT expires I'm planning to go to a decent MSF program. Having said that I think my resume is pretty much IBanking-centric and I had some other experience with decent quality when I was in school. I think my professional goal is clear and is in line with what MSF programs do. As for as for recommendation letters, I think my managing directors are willing to recommend me.
With a decent paper and a good Gmat score what are my chances?
Thanks in advance.
3.4 GPA is good. MSU (I am assuming Michigan State University) is a good enough school also. Your internships and the fact that you received an offer is the big selling point. The number one things MSF schools really look at is the ability to place students. IMO, GMAT scores aren't a great predictor of success in and outside of school. They are used as a way to simplify the admissions process.
Do the following. Target a 650 or better on the GMAT. If you score lower don't freak out. Get a recommendation from a professor and someone at work. Make sure you mention in your admission essay that you received a FT offer, but need a bigger bank because of sponsorship. I would say with those scores and you would get into UIUC and BC, and be competitive at Vandy/WUSTL. One comment though. CMC is a financial engineering program (MS Computational Finance). I don't know how competitive you'd be with only a finance major. If you have the necessary math skills then fine, but without knowing more I can't really say. If you have the math and want CMC definitely target a higher GMAT.
Apply as early as possible (R1) if you can. I'd also maybe look at Villanova (where I did my MSF) and UT Austin. Both are great schools with strong historic placements. Just something to consider.
Thanks for your interpretation. I would definitely look at Villanova and UT Austin. I am also thinking about University of Rochester , Tulane...etc.
I did not know that Claremont's program is a math-based MSF though (kinda want to go there). If it is I don't think my math skill is polished enough to be competitive.