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MSF Profile Evaluation (MIT, BC, others)

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Hi all,

So I am in the process of applying to a number of MSFs, and I was hoping to get some opinions on my chances at a number of programs.

My background:
-I am a senior (22M), graduating in December - 1 semester early - at a decent, but not great, undergraduate business school just outside of Boston.
-I have taken basic statistics, multivariate and vector calculus, discrete and continuous probability, econometrics/regression analysis, an introductory python course, and four graduate level finance courses (investments, advanced topics in corporate finance, international finance, and derivatives).
-Was in advanced MSF program, but school's master's program is not fantastic and recruiting is about the same as undergraduate (not great) - will likely not mention in applications, will simply say I was permitted based on my academic performance to take graduate level courses.
-I have a strong background in excel (currently improving on macros and VBA) and am in the process of improving my ability with python.
-While being advised by a professor at my school, I will be completing an academic research paper in economics, which has the potential to be published
-I am currently a research assistant for an economics professor at my school who also does research at Harvard (this professor is also advising me on my own research project)
-I have worked as a project manager through my school's main community service organization, primarily working with low-income children in after school settings

My stats:
-710 GMAT (46Q, 42V, 8 IR, 6 AW) - I know my quantitative score isn't particularly impressive. I am planning to take it again in late November or early December.
-3.99/4.00 GPA --> My primary major is Economics-Finance and my second major is "Quantitative Perspectives" which is pretty much just math. I have gotten an "A" in all but one of my courses.
Honors: in my school's honors college, in my school's honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma (undergraduate business honor society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (undergraduate economics honor society),

Work Experience:
2018-3 months at relatively small wealth management firm
-Did mostly ad hoc stuff, researched into specific companies' financials, quarterly calls, and other miscellaneous news
2017-3 months in an accounting position at a small firm
-Reconciled cash payments and receipts, placed orders through EDI software, etc.
-Spent Summer 2019 doing data work for my research project and taking classes. I am looking for internships in Spring, as I will no longer be in school.

I am primarily looking at programs in Boston, but I am also open to programs in New York and some other individual programs.

The programs I have in mind are: BC, MIT, Northeastern, UVA MS Commerce, and WUSTL. If you think I should consider any other programs, please let me know.
I appreciate any opinions or insight you have to offer.
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chriv2016 wrote:
Hi all,

So I am in the process of applying to a number of MSFs, and I was hoping to get some opinions on my chances at a number of programs.

My background:
-I am a senior (22M), graduating in December - 1 semester early - at a decent, but not great, undergraduate business school just outside of Boston.
-I have taken basic statistics, multivariate and vector calculus, discrete and continuous probability, econometrics/regression analysis, an introductory python course, and four graduate level finance courses (investments, advanced topics in corporate finance, international finance, and derivatives).
-Was in advanced MSF program, but school's master's program is not fantastic and recruiting is about the same as undergraduate (not great) - will likely not mention in applications, will simply say I was permitted based on my academic performance to take graduate level courses.
-I have a strong background in excel (currently improving on macros and VBA) and am in the process of improving my ability with python.
-While being advised by a professor at my school, I will be completing an academic research paper in economics, which has the potential to be published
-I am currently a research assistant for an economics professor at my school who also does research at Harvard (this professor is also advising me on my own research project)
-I have worked as a project manager through my school's main community service organization, primarily working with low-income children in after school settings

My stats:
-710 GMAT (46Q, 42V, 8 IR, 6 AW) - I know my quantitative score isn't particularly impressive. I am planning to take it again in late November or early December.
-3.99/4.00 GPA --> My primary major is Economics-Finance and my second major is "Quantitative Perspectives" which is pretty much just math. I have gotten an "A" in all but one of my courses.
Honors: in my school's honors college, in my school's honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma (undergraduate business honor society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (undergraduate economics honor society),

Work Experience:
2018-3 months at relatively small wealth management firm
-Did mostly ad hoc stuff, researched into specific companies' financials, quarterly calls, and other miscellaneous news
2017-3 months in an accounting position at a small firm
-Reconciled cash payments and receipts, placed orders through EDI software, etc.
-Spent Summer 2019 doing data work for my research project and taking classes. I am looking for internships in Spring, as I will no longer be in school.

I am primarily looking at programs in Boston, but I am also open to programs in New York and some other individual programs.

The programs I have in mind are: BC, MIT, Northeastern, UVA MS Commerce, and WUSTL. If you think I should consider any other programs, please let me know.
I appreciate any opinions or insight you have to offer.


Hey chriv2016, I assume that you have started working on your application? Here are a few pointers to proceed ahead:
- You have a pretty decent profile and I would say that you would have a good chance at competitive MSF programs. However, in the profile details you have mentioned a lot of it is skill-rich ( Eg: Advanced research and excel skills). While having is strong skill-set is a plus factor, it will only add value to your application if you project it properly - A way of doing so is to link the skill set to your workplace/project milestones, can guide you further if I have more descriptive details on the same.
- Both your GPA and GMAT scores are pretty good. Work ex, for MFin is a bit on the lower side (as you will be competing with applicants with more extensive work ex). So here you will need to really dig deep into the work that you have done for your research papers and use defining data points to highlight your skill set. Again, as I mentioned previously, you application is heavily dependent upon how you highlight your skill set and link it to your career goals and the school's vision, so dedicate enough time brainstorming on how you can you can highlight them in your application (Your essays and resume will play a key part here)
As far as your target schools are concerned, MIT would need a bit more work experience. UVA and Northeastern can achievable with a strong application. Your profile is pretty decent, so I think you should consider competitive schools like Vanderbilt, Baruch and Illinois. I have created a robust tool which suggests you 9 dream, competitive and safe MSF Schools as per your profile score.
You can get your profile score by taking up a profile evaluation here: https://www.mim-essay.com/profile-evaluation?gfc
Hope this helped :)
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