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MSc. in Finance (2019): Profile Evaluation 2019

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New post 04 Apr 2019, 07:59
Hi guys,
I plan on applying to a few schools (listed below) for their respective Master's in Finance programme for their 2019 intake. Below is my profile in brief, I was wondering if you could tell me how likely or not likely i am to get through one of these universities below. Thanks!

My Profile:
Bachelor's GPA: 3.2 on 4 (degree in business administration with specialisation in finance)
Work experience: 3 years in finance (including 2 years with a bulge bracket investment bank - Citicorp)
GMAT: 610 (I know it is low, but it seems this is what i will be applying with)

I also have quite a few leadership positions on my CV (both in college as well as in a professional setting)

Colleges I plan on applying to:
1. Essec
2. EDHEC
3. IE Business School
4. SKEMA
5. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
6. SMU Singapore
7. NUS
8. ESADE

Would love to gain some insight as to what my probability is with regards to getting into one of these universities given my profile above.
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New post 08 Apr 2019, 13:32
I am a junior at the University of Miami with a 3.95 GPA. I am a double major in Finance and Economics with a minor in accounting. 4.0 major/minor GPA. Involved in my fraternity and a 1st year health care analyst at the student managed investment fund.

I spent my freshman year at Fordham with a 3.78 GPA (1 B in a math class that was not relevant to my degree, annoying). I will speak about this in my essay, as it drops my combined GPA a bit.

My work:
Morgan Stanley - wealth management analyst
Feb 2019- Aug 2019 (possible to continue into next fall)

Raymond James - wealth management analyst
Aug 2018-Nov 2018

HIG Capital LLC - Fund Accountant Intern
June 2018- Aug 2018

MarketingNOW LLC - Market Research Intern
June 2017 - May 2018

I plan to study for the GMAT from May to August, while working full time at Morgan Stanley. Given I reach, say, a 680 at least, what would be some realistic msf options for me.

Any advice on GMAT Prep would be greatly appreciated. I am in the dark a bit here.

Thank you for any help and guidance!

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New post 28 Jul 2019, 10:51
Hey there,

So overall you have a fair profile. Here are a few pointers about the same -

Your work experience with Citicorp is a valuable asset for your application. As you are planning to apply for MSc in finance and your prior learnings in this background can be highlighted.
However, the schools are interested in impact rather than just participation. So make sure that you exemplify your learnings and your interest in the finance field through your Work experience.

You have a pretty good GPA; also make sure to highlight your other profile strengths.
Talking about the GMAT score though it is on the lower end. But this can be compensated form of some very storing quantifiable achievements, or a very unique skill set - Something that you do better than the others. Maybe you can do some business courses via MOOC’s, an internship in business fields, NGO experience. Also, schools are interested in knowing about the participation so highlight the activities you have taken part in.

As for your target schools, ESCP, ESSEC, IE Business school has a good reputation but also are quite competitive so make sure that you spend enough time perfecting your Essay and application.

Apart from your target schools, you can apply for Singapore Management University and the National University of Singapore as these schools do not require GMAT. But remember these schools come under the competitive category so you need stellar essays and LOR’s to make your application stand out.

To help you give a better context, here is bifurcation for the same
Competitive - ESCP, ESSEC, IE Business school, FSFM
Safe- Skema, EDHEC

To get a better idea of your profile you can check out this profile evaluation link below to know about your chances at your target schools: http://info.mim-essay.com/forums-pe

Hope this helps.
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New post 31 Jul 2019, 05:29
Kevin - GPA is low and GMAT is very low. Work experience is nice, but what and where exactly was your role at Citi? My advice, redo your GMAT. If you have 3 years of front office work experience at Citi, why are you leaving to do a MSF? Frankly, many of the programs you are looking at are weaker European programs. Not sure you will get a sizable ROI.

mtm - Great GPA, well known school. Lots of good work experience. I would say if you get a 680 you will get into most of the top MSF programs in the US. For MIT, you would need above a 700.

My real advice - just network and focus on getting into IB or something similar without a masters. Save the time and money, work and do an MBA in 4 years at a top school.
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 04:33
Hey mtm131,

I would say that overall you have a pretty good profile.
Here are a few pointers about the same:

You have an interesting work ex
- Morgan Stanley is a good brand, and you seem to have worked on a cohort of financial roles with your other internships.
I can see that you have looked worked on getting a strong finance experience, both at college and professional level - So a lot comes down to how you are portraying these experiences in your application. Your essays will play a key role in helping to showcase this, so spend at least 10-12 days in brainstorming and perfecting your essays.

Also, you have a very good GPA so you are safe over there.

However, the schools are interested in impact rather than just participation. So make sure that you exemplify your learnings and your interest in finance through your Work experience.

As for the GMAT score, 680 would be on a bit lower end for top B-schools so aim for 700+ and you can aim for schools like:
(710+) - HEC Paris, Duke
(680+) - ESCP, ESSEC, IE, Bocconi

Apart from internships and GMAT, I would suggest taking up a community development project as well. Schools highly value social volunteering initiatives. These activities really make your application stand out in a large pool of competitive applicants.

For your GMAT preparations along-with the official GMAT guides, a mix of e-GMAT and Magoosh works well for most applicants. You can also check out examPAL, they use AI-powered modules as a part of their teaching methodology. I think you will find it pretty interesting. You can sign up for a free trial and see if it works out for you.

To get a more comprehensive evaluation of your profile you can take up our Free Profile Evaluation:https://mim-essay.typeform.com/to/tSey1j

Hope this helped:)
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All the best for your applications guys.
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 23:33
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: Need professional help on that frontier.
-Summer Internship at HSBC
-CFA Level II candidate
-Started working at Central Bank of my resident country 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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