I believe you are a competitive applicant at the schools you list – a mix of on-pars and reasonable reaches, as is appropriate.
That said, your planned career transition
into finance is challenging (though certainly not impossible). To make a credible, compelling case for the shift, I suggest researching your target industry and potential companies thoroughly, including informational interviews if possible, and later, in your essays, reference this effort, showing your understanding of the industry. This will give the adcom comfort that you are making an informed decision and that you understand how to market yourself to future employers. Along similar lines, I suggest discussing a vision for your goals in your essays, to clearly portray your motivation for this change.
A 2-year program offers the benefit of a summer internship, particularly helpful to career changers. However, if you have contacts at prospective employers, are confident of your ability to network into a job, and/or or just prefer to avoid the economic and time cost, a 1-year program would work. This decision rests on your own preferences and the specifics of your situation.
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