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Rate my chances: Target - Boston College FT MSF [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2007, 02:34
Hello All,

I wanted to get a couple opinions on my chances of getting into a MSF program. What I am really worried about is my weak academic background: a degree from hawaii and shakey start in college. However, my strengths could include interesting work experience and extracirriculars, which I believe really show my passion for finance.

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B.B.A in Finance University of Hawaii - Graduated August 2007
GPA 3.29 (dragged down from early on in college...I got 2 F's...) Also placed on probation in the 1st semester :(
3.89 GPA in major and 3.81 GPA in all Business Cirriculum
Won an award and scholarship for outstanding student in financial analysis
Received scholarship to take CFA L1

Extracirricular:
For over a year I have been involved in a Asia-focused financial analyst training program. Seperate from the University, the program works to provide students with more hands on training and career networking opportunities. I am actually teaching and working with the new entrants this fall.
Also working on other projects related to this program.

GMAT - 700 92%
50Q 95%/34V 70%

Passed CFA level 1

Experience:
Research Internship - 6 mos - at a local boutique research and brokerage firm, serving hedge funds and mutual funds investing in Japanese securities.

Treasury Analyst Internship(paid) - 3mos - at a local bank. Worked on profitability analysis, fixed income products, and deposit forecast modeling.

Research Internship(paid and current) - 1 mo - boutique research and brokerage firm, serving hedge funds and mutual funds investing in US securities. This firm is based out of NY, but I am working with my boss in Hawaii.

Cirriculum Writer - Full-time position(current) - The Asia-focused financial analyst training program received a grant to develop a structured program. In this project I will be working under hedge fund professionals, individuals on the CAIA board, and professors across the US.

Working as a cirriculum writer and research intern I am compensated pretty well(almost twice what starting at the local banks offered), if this helps at all in my application(I noticed BC asks for salary).

I also have a couple sources that I believe could give me great reccomendations.


So, as in the title my target school is Boston College. I would really like to be in or near a financial center. I am also looking into UIUC and GWU. So do I have a reasonable chance at BC?

Also, how is the selectivity at Washinton University, Vanderbilt, LBS, LSE, Oxford, or Cambridge. Would they be worth applying or looking into given my profile? Also, are there any other programs I should consider?
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2007, 10:02
Hello. I don’t know if I am in a position to make recommendations as I am just another MSF applicant this Fall. Unfortunately, not many people visit the MSF forum lately so my response may be one of the few that you will ever get.

I think that your profile looks good. I am myself considering pretty much the same schools you are although our backgrounds are a bit different. I am not sure how things work with the work experience requirement at BC; I have sent them an e-mail but haven’t received a response yet. In any event, your internship and extracurricular backgrounds are solid and this, imo, will be a huge plus.

From the schools you listed I think that LBS and Oxford are the most competitive. You may want to contact LBS with regard to the work experience required. If I recall correctly, it is something like a minimum of 2 years full-time…
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2007, 13:31
Thanks raptr. Your profile looks great BTW, I think you make an even stronger case. At BC I know a guy who was accepted in his final year as an undergraduate at BC, so I don't think work exp is the biggest factor in the FT program.

I'd be interested to hear about how your applications go, so keep updating if you have the time.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 06:14
Sure, it would benefit both of us if we share ideas and info.

I am in a limbo right now. I would like to give the GMAT another shot and hopefully improve my score but I am swamped with work and have no time to study. I guess I am going to have to settle for 710. I have started thinking about what I am going to say in my essays but so far all I have is a very rough outline of my goals essay.
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