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Oxford`s masters in financial economics [#permalink]
06 Jul 2011, 07:29
Hey guys, I am wondering what do you think about that program. On the one hand it is a very young program but on the other it is Oxford we are talking about. As I am still an undergrad and the programs seems very appealing because most of the students have zero work experience and if I meet the academic requirements I have a fairly good chance of getting it. I am doing a major in Economics and a minor in math and my ultimate goal is one day to work in the financial sphere, more specifically, in investment banking, hedge funds, or private equity. Given my career goals, what do you think is a more appropriate thing to do - apply to the Ms in Financial Economics program at Oxford and to other Ms in Finance programs, or work for 2-3-4 years and then apply to MBA programs. Also, do you think that if I enroll in a Ms in Finance program my chances of getting accepted to a top MBA program will be hindered ? One last question - what are some good Ms in Finance programs in Europe that do not require work experience ?
I have heard positive remarks about Oxford's Masters in financial engineering. There will be opportunities in investment banking, hedge funds, and private equity post-graduation, although most will come from the UK and Europe. This is not to say that you could not transition back to the US, but your network will be in the UK.
With regards to whether you should pursue this degree or an MBA, the programs are very different. An MBA focuses on more broad managerial curriculum.
If you do enroll in a Master's program, your chances at an MBA will not be hindered, although you will need to stress in your application why you want to pursue an MBA after already having received a Master's degree.
Well, I am an European union citizen so working in Europe is pretty much what I am looking for Thank you for your answer. Just a slight remark - Oxford`s program is a master of Financial economics, not a master of Financial engineering ;]