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Hi, I'm in a Canadian MBA program and am looking to get into some different finance roles (alternatives, VC, PE, or maybe investment management) and am wondering how important grades are for getting these roles. I know for ibanking and mbb consulting, the grades are an important factor but for these other types, I'm wondering whether it would be more beneficial to take a few easier courses where I would learn less but have better grades or if I should take some of the harder courses where I will learn more but will likely have a lower GPA. If it matters, I'd ideally like to work in Toronto post graduation (but am not locked into that).

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Hi, I'm in a Canadian MBA program and am looking to get into some different finance roles (alternatives, VC, PE, or maybe investment management) and am wondering how important grades are for getting these roles. I know for ibanking and mbb consulting, the grades are an important factor but for these other types, I'm wondering whether it would be more beneficial to take a few easier courses where I would learn less but have better grades or if I should take some of the harder courses where I will learn more but will likely have a lower GPA. If it matters, I'd ideally like to work in Toronto post graduation (but am not locked into that).

From what I have heard from friends and seniors, grades do matter a lot in these roles. They matter a lot even in Consulting.

However, it somehow seems wrong to suggest that you take easier courses than courses in which you will actually learn something. I guess this is the kind of dilemma one faces in a business school. Hope you come up with a good resolution to the problem!

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New post 22 May 2015, 03:49
Depends on whether or not your school has grade disclosure. If grades are disclosed then yes, they are critical.

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New post 26 May 2015, 23:08
At Kellogg, they matter for top IB (GS/MS) and Google. No one else cares, including MBB.

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Go to a school with grade nondisclosure and don't worry about it!

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Which schools have grade nondisclosure? I thought that was very common, as in practically every B-school had it.

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I go to Georgetown and they do disclose grades. The only job application where I was asked to disclose my GPA was Google, but I've heard top consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, BCG) may ask for grades as well.

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Wharton does not disclose grades. I believe that is one of the only ones from the M7....but I could be wrong

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I would say that overall grades really don't matter that much. In fact in second year they probably don't matter at all. Therefore take classes that you are either interested in or ones that you think will help you out after school.
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It's like that show, "Who's Line Is It Anyway?"....the points don't matter, not in the long run. Focus on the learning and networking, not the grades. Setting up some time to chat with a classmate and learn from his/her experiences >> getting a 100% on an exam.
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