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Fuqua (Duke) vs Olin (Wash U in St.L)

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Duke MQM(F) or Olin MSQF?

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I got accepted to both, and I've got to choose one until the end of this week. Fees are not the issue.

It's Fuqua Master of Quantitative Management (MQM): Business Analytics - Finance Track vs. Olin MS in Quantitative Finance.

Post graduation, ideally, I want to work in trading or IB, knowing how to do proper modeling, etc.

I know that as a business school Fuqua is more reputable overall, but the program itself is less than a year while the Olin's is 17 months, I'm not sure if I'll be able to pack a whole bag of knowledge in under a year. Also, the curriculum is quite different and I think Olin's is more tailored towards finance quant analysis rather than generic quant analysis, correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd appreciate your advice and some insights (if you have such). Also created a poll for those who like voting.

Thanks in advance!

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In the MBA world, Fuqua is substantially better ranked than St Louis.

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Re: Fuqua (Duke) vs Olin (Wash U in St.L) [#permalink]

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moshnslay wrote:
I got accepted to both, and I've got to choose one until the end of this week. Fees are not the issue.

It's Fuqua Master of Quantitative Management (MQM): Business Analytics - Finance Track vs. Olin MS in Quantitative Finance.

Post graduation, ideally, I want to work in trading or IB, knowing how to do proper modeling, etc.

I know that as a business school Fuqua is more reputable overall, but the program itself is less than a year while the Olin's is 17 months, I'm not sure if I'll be able to pack a whole bag of knowledge in under a year. Also, the curriculum is quite different and I think Olin's is more tailored towards finance quant analysis rather than generic quant analysis, correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd appreciate your advice and some insights (if you have such). Also created a poll for those who like voting.

Thanks in advance!

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Frankly, both IB and trading will be difficult with either of the 2 programs as both are extremely competitive, dont you whether you are an international student and how comfortable are you in reaching out to complete strangers through cold emailing/calling as this is the most imp skill to possess. That being said, Fuqua and Duke will take you much much further than Olin given the wide alumni base at Duke.

Length of the program doesnt matter as for IB you need to show a clear reason why you want to do IB, no one cares about your financial modeling skills if you are looking at Associate roles as all the Investment Banks teach you that when you start.

BTW, just to clarify, you mention "knowing how to do proper modeling" as the reason to go into one of these programs or as the final goal out of your trading/IB gig? This is an important question to answer, FYI.
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moshnslay wrote:
I got accepted to both, and I've got to choose one until the end of this week. Fees are not the issue.

It's Fuqua Master of Quantitative Management (MQM): Business Analytics - Finance Track vs. Olin MS in Quantitative Finance.

Post graduation, ideally, I want to work in trading or IB, knowing how to do proper modeling, etc.

I know that as a business school Fuqua is more reputable overall, but the program itself is less than a year while the Olin's is 17 months, I'm not sure if I'll be able to pack a whole bag of knowledge in under a year. Also, the curriculum is quite different and I think Olin's is more tailored towards finance quant analysis rather than generic quant analysis, correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd appreciate your advice and some insights (if you have such). Also created a poll for those who like voting.

Thanks in advance!

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Frankly, both IB and trading will be difficult with either of the 2 programs as both are extremely competitive, dont you whether you are an international student and how comfortable are you in reaching out to complete strangers through cold emailing/calling as this is the most imp skill to possess. That being said, Fuqua and Duke will take you much much further than Olin given the wide alumni base at Duke.

Length of the program doesnt matter as for IB you need to show a clear reason why you want to do IB, no one cares about your financial modeling skills if you are looking at Associate roles as all the Investment Banks teach you that when you start.

BTW, just to clarify, you mention "knowing how to do proper modeling" as the reason to go into one of these programs or as the final goal out of your trading/IB gig? This is an important question to answer, FYI.


Much appreciate your advice, thanks!

Reaching out to strangers isn't a problem at all. What I'm more worried about is immersing into new industry and getting the most comfortable with it from the technical point before starting to work, since my background is management consulting with no IB/trading experience. It's common sense that you need to possess the expertise in what you're doing from A to Z to have some backup arguments, especially when selling. Imho knowing all this provides a boost from the very beginning regardless of on-the-job training, no one's gonna teach reaching out to strangers at a university after all.

I guess you're right, Fuqua seems solid, both in rankings and curriculum, also will save me half a year so that's what I'm sticking to.
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