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Hi all,

Last month I took the GMAT and scored a 780 (Q50 V47) (a big thank you to the users and mods of this forum btw) I am a fresh undergrad student (BA Finance and Accounting at Warsaw School of Economics) looking to start a Master in Finance next fall. For the past month I have been doing my research and finalizing my applications, however, the amount of information available does make me struggle to take it all in. I did notice that this forum is very US MBA oriented, but still would love to ask a couple of questions.

1. Business school selection - I am currently looking at applying to:
- RSM - Finance & Investments Advanced
- St. Gallen - Banking and Finance
- Stockholm School of Economics - Finance

Any thoughts on these choices? My undergrad GPA is almost maxed out and as of now I have a year of experience in M&A corporate finance in a Big4 company. I am looking at inexpensive options for an EU student as I am not willing to indebt myself to study at this point. Are there any other options you would suggest I consider that are not in the "normal" price range OR that offer generous scholarships to excellent applicants? No region in the world excluded, I would definitely want to give the US a try, but it seems that almost none of the top BS offer a Master in Finance course (?). Are there any other scholarships or any other ways that I can capitalize on my GMAT score while I'm at it?

2. Application/Scholarship letters

There is a wealth of resources on that topic, but are there any that are known to be particularly helpful for applicant for MSc Finance? For example it is common knowledge on this forum that Manhattan GMAT is the best resource to study, I am looking for a similiar treasure when it comes to BS application letters :)

Thank you in advance for reading through and taking the time to answer!
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Great score- No- Wait for it- Awesome Score!

Build your profile, and work for 3 years. After 3 years, when you look at the Sky, you will see- TOP MBA programs + Leadership roles + Growth written all over it :)

Be quite- and try to hear what they are saying- "Carpe Diem"-build your profile- Build your profile- build your profile. What you know right now is good enough to make you pass through the next three years. Spend these three years, and then knock the doors of Columbia, Wharton, Booth etc.

I know everyone is entitled to gaining a first hand experience, and for that reason, you will probably ignore my suggestions.

Do not waste this profile. Log off, go to work, and come back in three years. You will do really well.

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New post 31 Oct 2018, 08:41
pytha1gurus wrote:
Great score- No- Wait for it- Awesome Score!

Build your profile, and work for 3 years. After 3 years, when you look at the Sky, you will see- TOP MBA programs + Leadership roles + Growth written all over it :)

Be quite- and try to hear what they are saying- "Carpe Diem"-build your profile- Build your profile- build your profile. What you know right now is good enough to make you pass through the next three years. Spend these three years, and then knock the doors of Columbia, Wharton, Booth etc.

I know everyone is entitled to gaining a first hand experience, and for that reason, you will probably ignore my suggestions.

Do not waste this profile. Log off, go to work, and come back in three years. You will do really well.

Jatin


Thank you for that suggestion! However, I am really passionate about Finance and besides, I want to have a Masters degree. That does not rule out an MBA in the future though!
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Hi all,

Last month I took the GMAT and scored a 780 (Q50 V47) (a big thank you to the users and mods of this forum btw) I am a fresh undergrad student (BA Finance and Accounting at Warsaw School of Economics) looking to start a Master in Finance next fall. For the past month I have been doing my research and finalizing my applications, however, the amount of information available does make me struggle to take it all in. I did notice that this forum is very US MBA oriented, but still would love to ask a couple of questions.

1. Business school selection - I am currently looking at applying to:
- RSM - Finance & Investments Advanced
- St. Gallen - Banking and Finance
- Stockholm School of Economics - Finance

Any thoughts on these choices? My undergrad GPA is almost maxed out and as of now I have a year of experience in M&A corporate finance in a Big4 company. I am looking at inexpensive options for an EU student as I am not willing to indebt myself to study at this point. Are there any other options you would suggest I consider that are not in the "normal" price range OR that offer generous scholarships to excellent applicants? No region in the world excluded, I would definitely want to give the US a try, but it seems that almost none of the top BS offer a Master in Finance course (?). Are there any other scholarships or any other ways that I can capitalize on my GMAT score while I'm at it?

2. Application/Scholarship letters

There is a wealth of resources on that topic, but are there any that are known to be particularly helpful for applicant for MSc Finance? For example it is common knowledge on this forum that Manhattan GMAT is the best resource to study, I am looking for a similiar treasure when it comes to BS application letters :)

Thank you in advance for reading through and taking the time to answer!



Hello jaszcur1 from Warsaw !


To cut long story short, you will be accepted at any school just based on that awesome GMAT score !

Congrats on that :clap:


St. Gallen is great school def apply there, I certainly would. :)

Stockholm School of Economics is known to be good school in Europe, I suppose you already do know that.

RSM MSc Finance & Investments Advanced seems very interesting, I like this advanced subject focus.


Any idea what you want to specialize in general ?


Your GPA is where it should be.

Def there are plenty of MS in Finance programs in US :)

I would not know what would be cheap option before researching them, but is obvious that European programs will be much more cheaper in tuition and living costs than US, much much more ;)

Same goes for potential scholarships, you would need to research potential targets one by one, to see if they offer some financial aid.


Here is the example of great MS in Financial Engineering program from Berkeley :

https://mfe.berkeley.edu/academics/index.html

But you may not be interested in Quantitative Finance/Financial Engineering ?

You may be interested in Corporate Finance or something similar ?


Here are some really useful lists of MS in Finance programs globally :

https://www.topuniversities.com/univers ... -us-canada

https://www.topuniversities.com/univers ... nance/2018


If I were you, I would go only for top ones like, LBS, MIT, Said, Berkeley etc. along with your existent list above.

It is for you to check individual costs, but we can conclude in advance that Europe wins over US in those terms, Asia maybe also interesting for you.


I also have created post about Masters in Finance ranked by Financial Times, both pre-experience and post-experience options included, for current year 2018, that can be found here :

https://gmatclub.com/forum/masters-in-f ... 80625.html


Not sure are you referring to your personal essay or recommendation letters, however there would plenty of info available online about that and certainly Manhattan is good source.

Personal essay is something that you should wrote and should be unique, not copy paste, your personal story.

Recommendation letters should be ideally written by your professors.



Good Luck ! Shoot for top ones ;) :cool:
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First of all, congrats on your score!
Any one of the programs you mentioned is very good, and you should also consider the MiF programs at HEC, LSE and MIT.
You can use this list to select and compare programs: https://aringo.com/masters-in-finance-mif/
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