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Master of Finance vs Master of (Applied) Economics?

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Has anyone else been contemplating these two degrees??

Lately I've been looking at MFin/MSFin degrees from these institutions: Vanderbilt, University of Rochester, Purdue, University of Maryland, University of Illinois - Urbana

I've also discovered these degrees in Master of (Applied) Economics from these institutions: NYU, University of Michigan - Ann Harbor, Duke, USC

My goal is to get an entry-level job in the investment management industry. No, I'm not thinking about PE, VC, or HF. I think those would be too prestigious for me. I mainly have in mind a long-only mutual fund.

So obviously my main concern is placement. The MFin seems to be more geared towards practical knowledge, and it can be acquired in just one year. But from looking at the lists I've compiled, I would say that the institutions are less prestigious than the MAE institutions.

The MAE degrees have a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, but it's no secret that many of the students are just there to get placed into a PhD program. However, all the degrees claim to also place students into industry jobs too. A concern I had about these programs was that they are all two years, which would be more of a commitment than the MFin degree.

So does anyone have any advice/suggestions for which degree I should consider? I've only been here for a short time, so feel free to correct me if any of my perceptions are skewed.

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I think the main difference is the student body and intentions of the program. The MSF is usually made up of 5th year students or those with less than 1 year WE. Most of these students will be going into the work force once the program is done. Because of this there is an emphasis on placement and recruiting. A MAE on the hand is going to be made up of students seeking a PhD. The course load and material will be centered around PhD preparation. There most likely won't be a huge emphasis on placement and recruiting so you are on your own to get a job.

It all comes down to who you are and how you think you can network.If you can get the interviews and sell yourself you will be fine. I think an MS/MA in Econ and an MSF will both have a lot of subject matter overlap, but the MSF tends to be more of the main stream degree.
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