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New post 12 Jan 2017, 09:03
Hey Guys !

First post on here even though I must say I creeped around on here quite a lot on here when I was preparing for the GMAT.
I'm going to do a masters in finance starting september and need a little bit of help.
So I'm a final year finance student at Strathclyde (Glasgow) with current results showing an expected 2:1 upon graduation, I got a 710(48Q,40V, 5.5AWA, 8 IR) on the GMAT and have a fair bit of international exposure: semester abroad in canada as well as an internship as finance business analyst for 3 months in Malaysia/Singapore.

Here is the situation, for now I have applied to:
RSM- Finance and investment advanced
HSG- Banking and finance
Tilburg- Finance

And still considering applying to:
HEC - International finance
ESSEC- Finance

Tilburg was my safety and since I got an offer from RSM for finance and investments that's not an issue but do you think I should still apply to the other programs? The thing that bothers me is the difference in tuition fee, I mean 2000 vs 30000 is pretty insane and I don't know if its worth it. Do you think I even have a chance getting into HEC or ESSEC?
And if I get an offer from HSG should I go there over RSM? I am french/british if that makes a difference.

Thanks guys hope to hear from you soon :-D

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I am no expert but you seem to have a considerably strong application. Is there any particular reason not to apply to other (top) schools like LBS ?

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New post 19 Jan 2017, 11:56
Hey Thanks for answering, well I considered applying to some other programs but to put it simply I can't afford LBS, LSE or imperial.
The tuition fees added to the cost of living in London would put me in great debt, which I am not exactly keen on. I considered HEC and ESSEC simply because I could live in France for a lot cheaper than in London.

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New post 19 Jan 2017, 12:13
Why about scholarships? 30k with 30% off is 20k e.g.

Also, I think you have good chances for these unis based on GMAT and 2:1.

These are min requiremenrs for the mosr difficult ones like MIT and oxford

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New post 19 Jan 2017, 12:29
Well yes a 30% scholarship would help but 20k plus the cost of living in London would still be too much to be honest.
And as far as entry into the programs goes the 2:1 is a minimum requirement for most of them and the median GMAT is usually around 710, so I think i'm situated in the middle, not a top candidate.

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New post 06 Mar 2017, 14:57
I've got a very similar profile, in fact same GMAT score. Applied to:

1) LSE (already rejected)
2) HEC
3) Bocconi
4) Stockholm School of Economics
5) RSM (Advanced)

Kind of relieved that I got rejected by LSE to be honest, as I also wouldn't be able to afford studies without serious debt.

Why haven't you applied to Bocconi? Top program, many scholarships available.
Or Stockholm? Top program, free for EU students.

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New post 06 Dec 2017, 03:48
Hey Fellas, I am currently doing my RSM Finance & Investments Advanced and to be honest be careful with this program, especially if you are not on a scholarship. The regular FI in terms of lecturing is worse, but much better on workload. Networking - who knows - it might be tbh the same, depending on you. (regular program you have 300 stdnts, FIA - 45).

The FIA program is 16 months (2 semesters lecturing and one for thesis and internship). The program separates into 2 tracks for the spring semester - Corp Finance and Asset Management. The latter is way more practical and interesting and they are allowing current students to mix both.

The reason why I am giving this warning is that:

1) Workload

Quiet heavy, especially in the autumn semester - you get to learn sth like 6-7 subjects (Ethics included), instead of learning several properly.

Moreover most of the grading is based on group work, and there everyone just does what he cans and no attention is really put on you really learning something.


2) Generally much more IB oriented

a. Autumn Semester is extremely IB M&A oriented - Corp. Finance, Valuation and Financial Analysis are main subjects
b. 60% of the class is IB M&A oriented as well as the Career Development

3) Lecturers

Although RSM claims that you'd have exposure to experienced professionals only two of the guys in the Autumn semester are really experienced - although due to the extreme hurry in the program you barely learn anything in depth from them.

Asset Management (3 subjects all in all) is still cool (from what I've seen and heard), although they are considering getting rid of a really cool guy...probable replacement person can't compare really.

4) Career Development

Aaah it is hard to be positive on this one - partners like Deloitte and BAML dropped after the first year...other partners are actually not really hiring from the program...the person responsible for the Career Development has never worked for an IB or Ass. Mgmt company...but the best part is that they make you do assignments that would be best put as prep for the autumn semester not during...creating stressful time issues.

Realization also varies - Dutch and German nationals kind of easily land a job, previous IB experience is very recommendable...you should already be prepared for the interviews, CV and Cover Letter end of September or earlier (in case you aim for London) and self prep and networking are key.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this opinion just shoot me a line and I'd be happy to help :)

Last but not least my profile was - international experience in finance and consulting, 710 GMAT, 3.9 GPA

If I were to rank the unis now - and remember - it is all about exposure, networking and self prep - if your MSc aim is to get a job:

1) LSE or top London, Oxbridge, maybe Warwick

2) Bocconi & HEC

3) HSG and SSE


NB! Do your own extensive research on Linkedin and the web, connect with people, ask questions and read a lot about your interests :) Dream on, keep fighting and you will get what you want or maybe what you need :)

Thanks for reading, hope it was helpful :) Peace

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