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Profile evaluation for MFE/MSF/MBA Finance in US & UK

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I am considering MSF/MFE/MBA Finance in US or UK. Here is my brief profile:

Indian, Male, 28
GRE Score: 170 Quant, 160 Verbal, 3.5 AWA

Undergrad (Engineering - 4 years):
- B. Tech. in Information Technology (similar to Computer Science) from College of Engineering, Pune (below IITs but in top 20-25 engineering colleges in India)
- 8.46/10 CGPA
- Had four math courses (Math-I, Math-II, Math-III, Math-IV): 10/10, 8/10, 8/10, 6/10 in the four courses
- Programming courses (C, C++, Unix programming, SQL, Matlab): 8/9/10 on all courses
- Final year project: Digital Watermarking using face recognition (in Matlab)
Post-grad (MBA - 2 years):
- MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
- CGPA 3.13/4.33
- Subjects: Quantitative Techniques I, Quantitative Techniques II, Quantitative Techniques III (3.2/4.33, 4.13/4.33, 3.3/4.33), Finance I (3.2/4.33), Finance II (2.9/4.33)
Relevant work-experience:
2.4 years post-MBA as Analyst in Credit risk function in one of the reputed US MNC Investment Banks (in India)
Other details:
- CFA L1 cleared
- Secretary of one of the committees in IIM, responsible for interfacing with the industry
- Head of the department magazine group in under-grad
- Selected for 2nd round of Astronomy Olympiad in India

I am considering following colleges:
MFE/MSF US/Canada:
Baruch College, City University of New York
University of California, Berkele, FE
Carnegie Mellon University, Computational Finance
New York University, Math Fin
Columbia University, FE
Princeton University, MS Fin
Cornell University, MEng, FE concentration
Columbia University, MathFin
University of Chicago, Financial Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Quantitative and Computational Finance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Finance
University of Washington, Computational Finance & Risk Management
University of Toronto, Mathematical Finance
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Financial Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, Financial Engineering
Boston University, Mathematical Finance
University of Waterloo, Quantitative Finance
North Carolina State University, Financial Mathematics

MSF/MFE UK:
London Business School Masters in Finance
University of Cambridge: Judge Cambridge Master of Finance
University of Oxford: Saïd MSc Financial Economics

MBA UK:
University of Cambridge: Judge

Questions:
1. Out of the above mentioned colleges, where do I have a better chance - Ambitious, Moderate, Possible?
2. Should I prefer MBA over MSF/MFE or the other way round?
3. How are the two universities in Canada (University of Toronto, University of Waterloo) compared to universities in US/UK ?
4. Any other colleges/courses I should consider given my profile?

Thanks in Advance!

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FinSeeker wrote:
Hi,
Hi FinSeeker, thanks for reaching out.
I am considering MSF/MFE/MBA Finance in US or UK. Here is my brief profile:

Indian, Male, 28
GRE Score: 170 Quant, 160 Verbal, 3.5 AWA great quant score!

Undergrad (Engineering - 4 years):
- B. Tech. in Information Technology (similar to Computer Science) from College of Engineering, Pune (below IITs but in top 20-25 engineering colleges in India)
- 8.46/10 CGPA
- Had four math courses (Math-I, Math-II, Math-III, Math-IV): 10/10, 8/10, 8/10, 6/10 in the four courses
- Programming courses (C, C++, Unix programming, SQL, Matlab): 8/9/10 on all courses
- Final year project: Digital Watermarking using face recognition (in Matlab)
Post-grad (MBA - 2 years):
- MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
- CGPA 3.13/4.33
- Subjects: Quantitative Techniques I, Quantitative Techniques II, Quantitative Techniques III (3.2/4.33, 4.13/4.33, 3.3/4.33), Finance I (3.2/4.33), Finance II (2.9/4.33)
Relevant work-experience:
2.4 years post-MBA as Analyst in Credit risk function in one of the reputed US MNC Investment Banks (in India)
Other details:
- CFA L1 cleared
- Secretary of one of the committees in IIM, responsible for interfacing with the industry
- Head of the department magazine group in under-grad
- Selected for 2nd round of Astronomy Olympiad in India

I am considering following colleges:
MFE/MSF US/Canada:
Baruch College, City University of New York
University of California, Berkele, FE
Carnegie Mellon University, Computational Finance
New York University, Math Fin
Columbia University, FE
Princeton University, MS Fin
Cornell University, MEng, FE concentration
Columbia University, MathFin
University of Chicago, Financial Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Quantitative and Computational Finance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Finance
University of Washington, Computational Finance & Risk Management
University of Toronto, Mathematical Finance
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Financial Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, Financial Engineering
Boston University, Mathematical Finance
University of Waterloo, Quantitative Finance
North Carolina State University, Financial Mathematics

MSF/MFE UK:
London Business School Masters in Finance
University of Cambridge: Judge Cambridge Master of Finance
University of Oxford: Saïd MSc Financial Economics

MBA UK:
University of Cambridge: Judge

Questions: I will say just off the to that your questions on these specialized programs are rather specific and I'm not sure I can answer to the level you ask- but let me say that you seem like someone who might ultimately be considering a Ph.D. in which case I would ask at each program which route gives you the best option to continue your education if you decide to go that route.
1. Out of the above mentioned colleges, where do I have a better chance - Ambitious, Moderate, Possible? With a 170 Q score, and work experience with a US I-Bank, I'd say you have the potential to present well at any program- so I would feel confident applying to any of the schools on your list here- and certainly give a mix of ranked programs to build in some better odds- but there is not a school that should be "off" limits.
2. Should I prefer MBA over MSF/MFE or the other way round? The MBA is the broader degree that will provide more options in the workplace- unless you are going to excel on the technical finance side- and then it could be that the MSF/MFE is a better choice- so I would be honest with what your career goals are and proceed accordingly. If you aspire one day to be a CEO, then I'd say the MBA is more versatile, but if you prefer to dig as deep as possible into the finance content- then MSF/MFE with option to proceed to Ph.D. might be better for you.
3. How are the two universities in Canada (University of Toronto, University of Waterloo) compared to universities in US/UK ? I'd say that U of Toronto stands out to me over Waterloo- here's also a list of various masters in finance programs to consider in Canada: http://www.mastersportal.eu/study-optio ... anada.html
4. Any other colleges/courses I should consider given my profile? I'd focus on narrowing down this list so you have a manageable group to apply to. First consider where you want your next career step to be- if it is in Europe, then look at the UK options,
for US, consider the US schools and if you are open to Canada- I think that could be a great choice as the potential to work there post MBA is probably strongest- but I'd let where you want to work post MBA drive the process and then select a mix of challenge/target/safety schools from that region to set your plan in motion! Congratulations on your strong profile and I think you will present well in this process!


Thanks in Advance!

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