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Profile Evaluation for MS in Finance [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 04:28
Hi, I am an Indian national willing to pursue MS in Finance for fall'14. As I have a lot of time to prepare myself for GMAT and other application related stuff, I would be highly grateful for your suggestions regarding university selection and my chances to get into good MSF programs. Any additional suggestion to improve my profile during the year would be highly appreciated. Here's a list of my background and
Background :
Undergrads : Engineering in Electronics and Communication with 63% Aggregate(upward trend).
Opted for 2 courses at London school of economics (Summer School'12) : Finance and Financial Markets (3 weeks each)
Work exp - Started to work in a private financial firm since sept'12 and until I start my grad I would be having in all a exp of 2 years (sept'12-sept'14).
Job profile : Financial planning & Analyzing and maximizing the current ROI of Loan Portfolio of the company.

Other than this I have a full time work exp of 6 months before my undergrads as a Front Office Coordinator ( I am not sure, whether that would be acceptable or not during applications as they ask for full time work exp after completing your undergrads)
Internships : 1 Technical internship of 3 months in VODAFONE .
GMAT : Yet to take, Targeting 720+
Extracurricular :
 National player in 100m sprint race
 Winner in 100m at Zonal level and State level competition
 Coordinator in various events organized by the college including Tech-Fest
 Senior coordinator in Farewell activities and Department Day's of the Electronics branch for three consecutive years.
 Chief Coordinator of the " Entrepreneurship group" during undergrads
 Member of State's Cancer society. Volunteeres in various events .
 Sports Captain of the School for 2 consecutive years and House Captain for session 2005-2006.
 Leaded the school's Kho-Kho team in Clusters(State Level) .
 Won various medals in inter and intra school competitions in various sports activities.
Now coming to the universities, I am a bit centric towards central London but to keep my options more diversified I had shortlisted 10 universities I would like to apply for,
 LSE : MS Finance
 Imperial : MS Finance
 Cass Business School : MS Finance
 Warwick : MS Finance
 Princeton MSF
 Vanderbilt (Owen) : MS Finance
 DUKE : MMS
 Stockholm school of economics :MSc Accounting and Finance, specialization in Corporate Finance
 Rotterdam School of Management : MSC Finance and Investments
 Washington St. Louis Masters in Finance (Olin)
 Simon- Msc Finance
 Fisher School of business (The Ohio state University) : Specialized master in finance

Apart from this I would love to apply for London Business School Msc in Management
I'm more interested in Corporate Finance / Investment Management rather than Quantitative Finance / Financial Engineering.
I am good at mathematics but my grades does not support me to go into Quantitative Finance.
Kindly, Let me know what are my chances into these universities
Suggestions provided will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
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Re: Profile Evaluation for MS in Finance [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 22:13
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Based on what you provide here, the LBS, Princeton and Duke programs might be a bit of a long shot. These programs are very small, very competitive and very intense and your grades may not measure up to acceptable levels. However, there are many other programs where you can apply to where you would get a great education and get presented with great opportunities. All of the other schools you have on your list, you have a reasonable chance at as long as your GMAT score is as high as you predict and your application is professional, compelling and focused. Of course, you will also need to have great recommendations and ace all other aspects of the application process.

Just a few other ideas on schools you might be interested in: UCLA, Claremont and Villanova.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile Evaluation for MS in Finance   [#permalink] 11 Mar 2013, 22:13
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