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New post 03 Mar 2015, 16:48
Hi everyone :)

I just registered myself on this forum because I need a quick advice about which Master in Finance to choose. As you all know, I do have to send a confirmation rather soon!

As the title suggest, I face quite a tough choice. I already got accepted by Rotterdam, HEC Paris and IE Madrid. I am still awaiting a response from the LSE, where I applied to two programs (Finance & Equity and regular Finance). Unfortunately I already got refused for the "Finance & Equity" program at LSE and I am not too sure what (nor when) to expect from the reponse for the generic Finance program.

That being said, my choice is currently mainly between IE, Rotterdam and Paris. Which one should I choose? Based on rankings online, it's pretty hard to make a choice. I like the program at the HEC as well as the double-degree opportunities. How being accepted into LSE would alter my choice? (IF I get accepted)

I mainly want to work outside Europe, possibly Latin America. Although I value the "brand name", I think the quality of the program and the networking opportunities are far more important.

Thanks for your upcoming answers

PS: I looked up some existing topics but they seem rather old and not entirely similar to the choice I face
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New post 03 Mar 2015, 16:57
Languages? Where do you want to end up?

LSE > HEC = IE > Rotterdam as far as I know, but that means little if you have your heart set on working in Amsterdam or Paris specifically.
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New post 04 Mar 2015, 05:46
Revul, thanks for your response.

What do you mean by "Languages?". If you're asking which languages I speak, I'm fluent in French, Spanish, English and Portuguese. As I said would like to work in Latin America, in M&A or Priva Equity.

Could you give some arguments regarding why LSE > Paris/IE ? Is it just because of the location and networking opportunities or the actual quality of the program?

HEC has a fairly interesting curriculum as well as a practical approach and interesting double degree opportunities. As far as I know, LSE is extremely academic!

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New post 04 Mar 2015, 10:56
Do you want a masters in finance or a MBA. You cant compare those two!

people with masters in finance go for their MBA after they graduate.... so I would just rather get a MBA unless you really want to go stay in finance
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New post 04 Mar 2015, 11:28
Guys seriously do you even read what I write..? I never even mentioned a MBA here, I'm just speaking about a Master in Finance and asking which school is the best choice
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New post 04 Mar 2015, 22:44
Zacross wrote:
Guys seriously do you even read what I write..? I never even mentioned a MBA here, I'm just speaking about a Master in Finance and asking which school is the best choice

You should post in the section for Masters in Finance. Also, I don't know what the guy above is talking about, but it would be pretty pointless to get a Masters in Finance at a top tier school only to later on get an MBA. Beyond that, what is your citizenship? LSE is not the best choice for non-EUs due to UK immigration laws. I don't know Spanish immigration laws, but I think French ones are good, and HEC is a solid school. That being said, a Spanish school is probably better for ties to Latin America, though I'm not sure whether any of these will you get you placements in LA right off the bat. Rotterdam is the worst out of these four schools for your own profile and just in general, IMO. HEC/LSE are neck to neck, and LSE tends to be overrated on most discussions due to the Anglophone bias. Maybe think about a school with dual degree programs in Latin America. That would be your best bet for a LA job.
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Thanks for your complete answer :)

I'm Belgian so I don't have have problem about Visa matters.
Unfortunately there is no double-degree in LA (neither in Paris nor in IE)

So you would say that LSE and HEC are both great schools and potentially better than IE based on the quality of the program?

thanks :)
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New post 05 Mar 2015, 10:30
Zacross wrote:
Thanks for your complete answer :)

I'm Belgian so I don't have have problem about Visa matters.
Unfortunately there is no double-degree in LA (neither in Paris nor in IE)

So you would say that LSE and HEC are both great schools and potentially better than IE based on the quality of the program?

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LSE and HEC are certainly great schools. IE is well ranked, but I've never heard much of it. It's also a Spanish school, which brings more questions regarding opportunities than a British or French school does. I'd say LSE might hold more weight over in Asia than HEC would, but all three can probably get you similar opportunities in Europe. I don't know about LA, but IE might perform better there given it's a Spanish school. I'm not certain about the quality of the program in regards to any of them. You might want to try to reach out to alums regarding that.
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New post 16 Sep 2015, 07:40
Hi guys! I also applied to the Master in Finance of HEC and IE. Zacross can I ask you how much did you got at the GMAT? Because I have 720 Q48 V41 and I do not know if I will get accepted by HEC. Thanks
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I got 730 and I can't remember how well I did in different parts. I was 96th percentile in verbal and 68th percentile in quant (pretty bad then)
I'm at HEC right now and let me tell you: 720 is more than enough for HEC, but it won't guarantee your intake. I met people with 620 GMAT in Paris but some people with over 750 also got refused. It's about your overall application package not only your GMAT. But be reassured that 720 is good enough (especially with an apparently high quant score)
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Thank you! It Helped me a lot! Can I also ask you what did they ask you at the interview? What would you suggest me to do in order to do well in it? Do you enjoy studying at HEC? Thank you again for your help. :)
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Interview was pretty classic. They started by a good old "walk me through your CV". The rest of the questions were made based on what I had on my cv or what I said DURING the interview (care not to shoot yourself in the foot). If you say "I like real estate" you should be able to talk about it in a smart way. They also asked a few technical questions (WACC, capital structure, etc). If you don't know the answer just say that you don't know, don't try to bullshit your way through the question.
I do enjoy Paris. You meet a lot of VERY interesting and high profile people (high profile for their age). However there are improvements to be made from an organization standpoint . I just started the courses so I cannot talk about it but the career support is pretty outstanding
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Thanks a lot man! :)
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