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Profile Evaluation for MS in Finance <Help Needed>

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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 and Political Science(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. Volunteer work 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
 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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Hi--not sure where you went to undergrad, but your grades seem kind of low and unfortunately for top MS programs, they are more choosy about undergrad performance than MBA programs are in general. Getting the good GMAT will help and putting in several applications will also increase your odds. I think the extra coursework will demonstrate good academic passion, so it's good you did that. Work experience is fine--they are actually not as picky about WE in the MS programs as they are with MBA programs. in fact, they take freshly minted undergrads into these programs in many cases. for this reason, I would not even mention the work prior to UG lest they think you feel you don't have enough good stuff in your application, so you have to go farther back. This is akin to apologizing in your application and is a no-no. If you have compelling reasons that you con communicate in a persuasive way for why you are going back to the admissions committee it will help, so make sure you fully understand why you want to get this degree and how you will use it.

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