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

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New post 18 Oct 2017, 02:25
Hi,

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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New post 25 Oct 2017, 09:08
Questions:
1. Out of the above mentioned colleges, where do I have a better chance - Ambitious, Moderate, Possible?
You have a good profile and can probably be competitive at most with the IVYs obviously being the most ambitious, I would wittle down your list more, as this is a pretty broad list. Base it more so on where you actually want to work after your MBA and go from there
2. Should I prefer MBA over MSF/MFE or the other way round?
If you are looking to develop a broader business oriented skillset particularly as a leader and manager of others. An MBA is overall a more impactful degree and broader but the other program types you are looking at offer very specialized training that can offer value if you are looking to address a specific functional gap
3. How are the two universities in Canada (University of Toronto, University of Waterloo) compared to universities in US/UK ?
The US schools generally will be more reputed but again base your target school list more on where you want to work post grad
4. Any other colleges/courses I should consider given my profile?
You have a broad enough list already, focus on narrowing this down
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