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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

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

University of Cambridge: Judge

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 20 Oct 2017, 11:36
Hi FinSeeker,

Thank you for sharing this info. Here are a few thoughts:

- A first consideration for you is which degree is most likely to get you where you want to be in the short- and long-term from a life and career perspective. It seems you only listed one possible MBA program (and already have the degree), so perhaps the MBA is already lower in the pecking order for you. In any case, research where students from each degree program (at the various programs) go on to work (or study, if they move on to pursue PhDs). Talk to some of them if you can. Think about what your own long-term goals are. That will help you back-fill which type of graduate degree is right for you. For what it's worth, MBAs are usually considered more generalist and practical than the MSF/MFE, were you to want to chart a "corporate path." The other degrees are going to take you far deeper into a specific vertical (in a more deeply academic manner). If that's your preference, then go that route.

- A second consideration is geography. Where do you want to spend that time, what professional and academic ecosystem might you want to migrate toward afterward, etc? This will help you focus your target list on specific countries. Your U.S. - U.K. - Canada list is quite expansive. Do the hard work of thinking about where you'd like to be and you can target accordingly.

- As far as specific schools are concerned, you've shared a very long list and it would be silly to make generalizations about whether one country's programs are better or worse than another country's. You should evaluate each on a school by school and case by case basis. You'll probably find that the Canadian programs you've highlighted are better than some of the U.S. programs you've listed but not quite as well regarded as others. If you really think through and research the two points above (what degree program and where), you'll be able to work your way toward a more manageable list within which you can conduct more specific research and get a better sense of how well regarded or "ranked" each program is.

Best of Luck!
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