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New post 10 Mar 2018, 07:56
Hi,

I am originally from India, went to HKUST in HK for my bachelors and did computer science with a business minor.
Graduated in 2016 with a GPA of 3.23/4 after which I have been working in the technology division of one of the Tier I global investment banks here in HK.

I have passed CFA level 1 (dec 2015) and am appearing for CFA level II in June 2018.
GRE - 317 (Q-162,V-155, AWA-5)

As for my co-curricular activities,
- Founding member of the first asian chapter of a greek business fraternity here in HK
- Actively involved with the CSR committee at my workplace
- Peer Mentor during my time at university

I am looking at schools for 2019 entry and some of my shortlisted schools are:

1. Bocconi
2. EDHEC
3. ESSEC
4. HEC
5. ESADE
6. SSE
7. St. Gallen

Mainly aiming for European schools as it seems to be cheaper but if you think any US schools may be a good fit, I would consider that. I do have programming background but I am not really leaning towards a lot of quant.

Your reply will be very much appreciated.
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adisarhk wrote:
Hi,

I am originally from India, went to HKUST in HK for my bachelors and did computer science with a business minor.
Graduated in 2016 with a GPA of 3.23/4 after which I have been working in the technology division of one of the Tier I global investment banks here in HK.

I have passed CFA level 1 (dec 2015) and am appearing for CFA level II in June 2018.
GRE - 317 (Q-162,V-155, AWA-5)

As for my co-curricular activities,
- Founding member of the first asian chapter of a greek business fraternity here in HK
- Actively involved with the CSR committee at my workplace
- Peer Mentor during my time at university

I am looking at schools for 2019 entry and some of my shortlisted schools are:

1. Bocconi
2. EDHEC
3. ESSEC
4. HEC
5. ESADE
6. SSE
7. St. Gallen

Mainly aiming for European schools as it seems to be cheaper but if you think any US schools may be a good fit, I would consider that. I do have programming background but I am not really leaning towards a lot of quant.

Your reply will be very much appreciated.


Lower GPA and a GRE that looks like it converts to a 630 GMAT. Bocconi is going to be pretty difficult (if not impossible). HEC and St Gallen as well. I would target lower tiered European programs.

Best advice - try and improve your GRE score. You need to offset the lower GPA and the score you have isn't doing it.
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adisarhk wrote:
Hi,

I am originally from India, went to HKUST in HK for my bachelors and did computer science with a business minor.
Graduated in 2016 with a GPA of 3.23/4 after which I have been working in the technology division of one of the Tier I global investment banks here in HK.

I have passed CFA level 1 (dec 2015) and am appearing for CFA level II in June 2018.
GRE - 317 (Q-162,V-155, AWA-5)

As for my co-curricular activities,
- Founding member of the first asian chapter of a greek business fraternity here in HK
- Actively involved with the CSR committee at my workplace
- Peer Mentor during my time at university

I am looking at schools for 2019 entry and some of my shortlisted schools are:

1. Bocconi
2. EDHEC
3. ESSEC
4. HEC
5. ESADE
6. SSE
7. St. Gallen

Mainly aiming for European schools as it seems to be cheaper but if you think any US schools may be a good fit, I would consider that. I do have programming background but I am not really leaning towards a lot of quant.

Your reply will be very much appreciated.


Lower GPA and a GRE that looks like it converts to a 630 GMAT. Bocconi is going to be pretty difficult (if not impossible). HEC and St Gallen as well. I would target lower tiered European programs.

Best advice - try and improve your GRE score. You need to offset the lower GPA and the score you have isn't doing it.


Hi thanks for the reply. What kind of schools do you think would be suitable for my profile considering i clear CFA level 2? I know my GRE is bad but I just am not good with such kind of exams
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New post 23 Mar 2018, 06:08
Hi there,

You have a fair profile. Here are some pointers about the same:

-Your GPA and work experience look good.
- GRE is a weak point in your profile and it is on the lower side for HEC.
If you are applying for the 2019 intake, I would strongly suggest you to retake the GRE.
A 325+ score will open a lot of doors as far as your target schools are concerned.
- Since you have international experience, it can be a differentiating factor.
- You have decent extra-curriculars.
However, the adcoms are interested in impact created rather than just participation.
So, make sure that you highlight how these experiences affected you and what kind of impact you created on your surroundings.

Both our under-graduation and work experience is related to the technology sector.
Hence, you will have to justify why you want to switch to finance - What motivated you
To make the switch and how does it fit in your long term goals.
CFA is a great way to showcase your interest in finance, so make sure you highlight it.

As far as your target schools are concerned,
HEC and St.Gallen have highly competitive finance programs, hence they can be categorized under dream schools.
SSE is definitely possible, so its is your safe school.
The others are competitive but you will stand a good chance with a 325+ GRE and strong essays.

Check out our masters in finance page to get more clarity : http://www.mim-essay.com/blog/msc-in-finance/
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