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ESSEC Msc in Finance (Singapore Track) VS SMU MAF

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Good evening everybody!

Having applied for both program, the MSc in Finance from ESSEC Singapore Track and the Master in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University, I would like to get some point of views of these two programs.
Being a French student, I am questioning myself about which school to choose. My goal is to work for an investment Bank in Singapore or regions around (without losing opportunities to go back in Europe to work in London or Paris).
I noticed that the MAF from SMU, contrary to the MSc in Finance from ESSEC Business School, does not offer an internship period during the program. Is it still possible to get an internship off cycle after completing the MAF program ?
In addition, could you give me your opinion about the quality of the universities in Singapore? The employability rate after each program? The career opportunities that they offer? Does SMU is well recognized internationally? How is recognized ESSEC Business school in Asia Pacific? Is it so difficult for a non-local to be admitted in Investment banks in Singapore?

Of course many of these questions are answered in the respective business schools’ website but I would like to know the point of view from people who attended one of these two programs or from people who know about the subject.
Thank you in advance for you answers.

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Rudeyp wrote:
Good evening everybody!

Having applied for both program, the MSc in Finance from ESSEC Singapore Track and the Master in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University, I would like to get some point of views of these two programs.
Being a French student, I am questioning myself about which school to choose. My goal is to work for an investment Bank in Singapore or regions around (without losing opportunities to go back in Europe to work in London or Paris).
I noticed that the MAF from SMU, contrary to the MSc in Finance from ESSEC Business School, does not offer an internship period during the program. Is it still possible to get an internship off cycle after completing the MAF program ?
In addition, could you give me your opinion about the quality of the universities in Singapore? The employability rate after each program? The career opportunities that they offer? Does SMU is well recognized internationally? How is recognized ESSEC Business school in Asia Pacific? Is it so difficult for a non-local to be admitted in Investment banks in Singapore?

Of course many of these questions are answered in the respective business schools’ website but I would like to know the point of view from people who attended one of these two programs or from people who know about the subject.
Thank you in advance for you answers.

Best Regards,
Rudeyp.


Rudeyp,

Both are great programs, though I recommend ESSEC given everything you mentioned. ESSEC is doing a lot these days to improve the program, offerings and reputation and the internship option is definitely a good idea. I recommend reaching out to get specific employment stats from each so you can have a direct comparison. Have you gotten interviews / acceptances yet?

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Both are great programs, though I recommend ESSEC given everything you mentioned. ESSEC is doing a lot these days to improve the program, offerings and reputation and the internship option is definitely a good idea. I recommend reaching out to get specific employment stats from each so you can have a direct comparison. Have you gotten interviews / acceptances yet?

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First of all, thank ou very much for your response Scott. Yes I have got an interview from SMU and I have been admitted to the Master in Applied Finance Program. I also applied to the ESSEC Master in Finance program. I will receive an answer in 3 days. Howerver due to my low GMAT score (560) I am a bit scary about their answer. My professional experiences seem good that is why I applied to various programs although my Gmat is not so good.

I am afraid about the placement after SMU and the chances for an european to get a job in Singapore against a local. I contacted many alumni from SMU and many of them told me that the job market in finance in poor these days. Of course the ESSEC business school would allow me to get a huge access to alumni network in europe too. That is why I wanted to get opinions about SMU in case I will not be accepted to ESSEC Business school.
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