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Masters in Finance both Pre-experience and Post-experience 2018 by FT

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Here it is ranking list by esteemed Financial Times for Masters in Finance programs, both Pre-experience and Post-experience options, for year 2018.

I present you here top 15 pre-experience for quick review, however I also have uploaded full report for your reference if needed.

Don't be confused, there are only 6 post-experience Masters in Finance programs ranked below, by FT. ;)
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Name - Jayesh Jain (India)
Age- 20
Background - BTECH final year IT
GRE- 162Q|150V
Internship - 3 ( 9 months) small firms in equity advisory
CGPA- 7/10
College- K. J Somaiya College of Engineering (in top 15 in India)
Extracurricular- Captained my college football team.

Which school should I target?
MY list- Ohio, UIUC, Simon, UT Austin, BC,
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jain123jayesh wrote:
Name - Jayesh Jain (India)
Age- 20
Background - BTECH final year IT
GRE- 162Q|150V
Internship - 3 ( 9 months) small firms in equity advisory
CGPA- 7/10
College- K. J Somaiya College of Engineering (in top 15 in India)
Extracurricular- Captained my college football team.

Which school should I target?
MY list- Ohio, UIUC, Simon, UT Austin, BC,



Hello jain123jayesh


I would say that your list suits your background and GRE score.

Only UT Austin on your list is a little bit more on competitive side, than the rest of them.

I assume BC goes for Boston College ?


You can add some more like :

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Boston University

Georgetown University

University Wisconsin-Madison

University of Minnesota

Claremont Graduate University

Florida State University



Good Luck ! :cool:
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New post 15 Jan 2019, 03:24
Isn’t Vandy would be too ambitious, as 2 deadlines have already passed.

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New post 16 Jan 2019, 17:45
Hi billionare,

Really insightful post. Opens up a different perspective.

I have an offer from SMU (Singapore) for Quantitative Finance Masters on the table. However I have three other options as well, ESADE Spain, UCD Ireland and NUI Ireland. I have to respond to SMU by 21st. What's your opinion on the market for QuantFin and FinTech when Europe and Singapore are compared ? And what university would you suggest.

Thank you.

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New post 21 Jan 2019, 04:11
Hello everyone,

I am new to GMAT club. And I hope I am posting at the right place. I want my profile to be evaluated for both MFin and MBA programs.

I am an India, age 26.

Class 10: 95.80 % ( School rank 1, district topper, state rank 11)
Class 12: 85.00% ( School rank 5)
UG: NIT Jamshedpur, B. Tech: 82.90% (Top 20% of the batch)
PG: MBA in Finance (Minor in Operations), FMS, University of Delhi, 75.44% (Rank 4, Top 2% of the batch)

Yes, I am targetting a second MBA or an MS in Finance (yet to decide and I am inclined towards Finance)

Pre-MBA work experience: Associate Applications Developer at Oracle Financial Services Software, 20 months
- Worked on Retail, Corporate and Islamic banking modules
- Improved functional performance in liquidation, standing instructions etc.
- Improved loan processing timing from 7 days to 2 mins
- Improved credit rating performance and profile evaluation time
- Worked on Java & Scala programming langauges

Internships
1. Department of Space, ISRO, 8 weeks
- Worked on developing Real-time disease outbreaks system, working on Python 2.7, wrote more than 13000 lines of code
2. Axis Bank, General Management Intern, 8 weeks
- Improved the Prime Plus product by removing and adding certain features, and rebranding it

Post-MBA work experience
- No experience, I will start working in April. Just beginning an early preparation for GMAT and learning more about the International B-Schools
- Placed on campus in a Financial Analytics firm
- Also targetting off-campus companies for roles in IB, Equity Research etc.

Projects
1. Equity Research, Company: Equitylevers
- Worked on developing the overall company analysis model
- Prediction, valuation etc
2. Financial Modelling, Academic Project at FMS
- Building Markowitz portfolio using 25 listed stocks on NSE, Sharpe ratio; 1.33
- Predicting USD-INR exchange rate using OLS regression
- Predicted Customer credit default and churn in telecom industry using logit & probit models

Software/Tools: Excel, MATLAB, Pythion 2.7 & 3.6, Python libraries - Pandas, NSEpy, Numpy, Matplotlib etc.

Extracurricular - Mostly college level
- Rubik's cube
- Drawing & Painting
- Football

Positions of Responsibility
- Heady Boy at School
- Coordinator of events at tech fest of NIT Jamshedpur
- Placement Cell of NIT Jamshedpur
- Restructuring Committee at FMS Delhi

Any other info is needed?

- I took CAT (an exam similar to GMAT in India) 2016 - Secured 99.87 percentile in CAT
- I have not taken GMAT yet (expecting 720+ )
- Please comment about the chances and which one would be better considering that I am a bit inclined towards Finance, Consulting would be my second choice.
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New post 27 Jan 2019, 17:57
Hi, great post! Would you mind evaluating my profile chances to get into the following programes (application in mid February when I receive my official GMAT score report)?

-MSc Finance at LSE
-MSc International Finance at HEC Paris
-MSc in Financial Analysis at LBS


My profile:
-GMAT: 710 (90%) Q47 V40
-Bachelor: Economics a target university in Spain with a 8.60/10 (8 out of a class of 160)
-1 year Exchange: University of Chicago: Booth (Economics, Corporate Finance, Strategic Management...)
-Recommendation letters: strong recommenders from UChicago, my home university and manager at the Consultancy.
-Statement of Purpose: Quite good in my opinion
- Actively participating at my University Consulting Association. Additionally I ended up 2nd in a Case Consulting Competition with a Jury of members of Bain, BCG and McKinsey and was invited at their recruiting process.
- Start Up co-founder. Lead the team in the Mobile World Congress Start Up competition & ended as European Semi Finalists.
- 2 summer Internships. first as a Financial Analyst at a well-known multinational and later on at a Strategy Consulting Boutique.
- Languages: Native Spanish and Catalan, Proficiency in English, Intermediate in French and very basic German.

I am worried because my quant score is not very high, and LSE might be very strict about it.
Also, do you think I might be able to get any scolarships if I get in?

Thank you!
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New post 01 May 2019, 07:24
Hey uttamkgulshan, so you have a 20 months work experience is it? Honestly, it is a bit on the lower end for Global MBA programs. MSc in Finance can be a good option though. You have a rich experience in Finance, if articulated properly can be an asset to your application. I would also strongly suggest you to consider CFA, it is one of the certifications that all major MFin Schools Value. Otherwise your profile looks pretty good. It is mostly the French Schools that accept CAT (a 98%tile+ is needed for top schools) . Do you have any target schools in mind? You can check out schools like Vanderbilt, USE Marshall, Ohio Fisher
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Hi, great post! Would you mind evaluating my profile chances to get into the following programes (application in mid February when I receive my official GMAT score report)?

-MSc Finance at LSE
-MSc International Finance at HEC Paris
-MSc in Financial Analysis at LBS


My profile:
-GMAT: 710 (90%) Q47 V40
-Bachelor: Economics a target university in Spain with a 8.60/10 (8 out of a class of 160)
-1 year Exchange: University of Chicago: Booth (Economics, Corporate Finance, Strategic Management...)
-Recommendation letters: strong recommenders from UChicago, my home university and manager at the Consultancy.
-Statement of Purpose: Quite good in my opinion
- Actively participating at my University Consulting Association. Additionally I ended up 2nd in a Case Consulting Competition with a Jury of members of Bain, BCG and McKinsey and was invited at their recruiting process.
- Start Up co-founder. Lead the team in the Mobile World Congress Start Up competition & ended as European Semi Finalists.
- 2 summer Internships. first as a Financial Analyst at a well-known multinational and later on at a Strategy Consulting Boutique.
- Languages: Native Spanish and Catalan, Proficiency in English, Intermediate in French and very basic German.

I am worried because my quant score is not very high, and LSE might be very strict about it.
Also, do you think I might be able to get any scolarships if I get in?

Thank you!


Hi ignasi19

You are pretty solid from all other aspects except the GMAT score, as all three of your target schools look for strong GMATs (both from a Quant and overall perspective). If you haven't applied and made it already, you might want to look at a retake.
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 21:58
Hi.. I am planning to enroll in Masters in Finance and for that I would appreciate if you could evaluate my profile and chances of getting into my choices..
If someone already tried or have enrolled in schools of my choice please feel free to pitch in!

My profile:
-GRE: Q160 V157
-Bachelor: Commerce Major: Finance & Concentratin (between major & minor) in Accounting from McGill University, Canada (CGPA 2.71/4.00)
-Recommendation letters: Strong from my finance professor and employer.
-Statement of Purpose: Quite focused & goal oriented.
-Summer Internship at HSBC
-Started working at Central Bank of Pakistan after graduating & now its been slightly over 5 years in various fields / departments.

My choices: LSE & Rotman (University of Toronto), INSEAD (MBA)
Post Grad intended career: Asset Management or Risk Management.

I am worried because my CGPA is not very high, and schools might be very strict about it.
Also, do you think I might be able to get any scholarship if I get in?
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 22:48
Found here a lot of useful information, thank you, save.
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