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MSc, MBA, PhD - Advice?

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New post 03 May 2007, 14:48

I have a Masters in Engineering, now, at 26, after working a couple of
years I will likely be going to the University of Britsh Colmbia to do
a MSc in Finance (I got interested in it, when i took a derivatives
course in grad school). Does anyone know what the job prospects are
like for a MSc in finance, especially in Canada? (they seem quite good
to me for the research I've done).

Also, the prof I have spoken to at the university is strongly
encouraging me to do a PhD afterward...I might like to do so, the only
thing really holding me back is my age, and the fact that a PhD takes
5 years (seems sort of ridiculus) . Anyone have any advice on doing a
PhD? If you get a PhD from a top 5 university how hard is it to get a
good academic position (not at a community college or equivalent)? Are
there any other positions a PhD might get? I assume the situation for
Canada and the USA would be similar.

I was thinking about doing an MBA at a good school, since I have good
work experience and scored 750 on my GMAT, but have decided an MBA is not for me, as I don't want to become a professional manager, don't
have the management personality as i'm not really a people person, am
not very patient, and am more interested in subjetcs than management.
Besides the MBA brochures I have received all seem very "fluffy", a
MBA is expensive, and only a select number of graduates even from the
top schools, get the really high paying jobs. But perhaps i'm
wrong...any advice on this also?

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New post 04 May 2007, 11:49
With the profile and gmat score you have why don't you apply for MS Finance Princeton.The program is very flexible with wide range of electives to choose from.You can study subjects of your choice.It is one the best finance courses in the world with the top names all over world recruiting from there.You can also go for a phd after your ms with the flexible course and top research they have.An ideal course for a person like you who doesn't want to do mba unless you want to stay in canada.
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New post 16 May 2007, 13:40
I would suggest you to consider MSF, but at a top school.

You may apply to MBAs as well - if you can get into top finance MBA (Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, Stern) that should do the job for you. Dont assume that MBA is only for "people" people - finance industry is so sofisticated that there is a room for every type of person and schools know this! I know a few people who you would not have guessed as an MBA from top a school.

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New post 19 May 2007, 12:32
It all depends what you want to do afterwards. If you want to go into teaching or research, I would get a PhD in Finance.
For everything else I would go for an MBA at a top school like Wharton, Harvard, INSEAD etc.. When you get out of there you WILL get a top job, and it doesn't have to be in management. You have the possibility of focusing your program to do mainly finance at an MBA.

An MSc is also an option, and with your background I would recommend one in engineering. Such as the MSc at Berkeley, if you want to be trading for an i-bank or what not I would suggest an MSc in Financial Management as opposed to Financial Engineering.

But all in all, an MBA seems to be the best option for you. Just get it at a top school, because if you are not going to do that you would be better off with an MSc at a top school.

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