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Profile Evaluation MSF 2020 Intake

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New post 18 Nov 2019, 08:27
Hello everybody,

I've narrowed down a list of programs that I think I have a reasonable chance of getting accepted to and that place well into asset management. I'm looking for some feedback on my competitiveness as an applicant to these programs and their standing as far as recruitment goes.

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Nationality: South African (White)
School: Stellenbosch University
Undergrad: Bachelors of Engineering Mechanical ( Don't have a GPA conversion, but if I did it could be summed up as poor)
GMAT: 740 (Q48/V42)
CFA: Passed L1 above 90th percentile. Passed L2 above 90th percentile. Writing L3 this June.
Work Experience: Unrelated to finance. 5 years as a design engineer for an automotive company.

Programs:

LBS MFA
Imperial MSc Fin
Warwick MSc Fin
UT Austin MSc Fin
Boston College Ms Fin
Vanderbilt Ms Fin
USC MSc Fin


Thanks for the feedback.

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New post 24 Nov 2019, 08:40
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Hmm. So great GPA and South African is going to get you some love at the US schools who like to show a diverse international group. L1 and L2 are huge and should put to ease any issues with your GPA. My question is the timeline this all happened. US schools will ding you for having 5 years work experience as this is entering MBA land. Is this full time, real experience post UG or something different? I ask because you can leave it off your resume, but if you graduated 5 years ago then you have to include it.

Assuming you are a little older and have 5 years work experience post UG, the European schools will be the better fit. US programs will likely direct you towards their MBA programs, which honestly, might be a better fit. You could do a pretty good US MBA program, finish L3 and get into a finance job in the states. The MFin places kids into analyst roles primarily.

If this isn't the case let me know and I can provide different advice.
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New post 24 Nov 2019, 11:32
Thanks for the feedback MSFHQ. I assume you meant great GMAT. So my experience was fulltime after undergraduate. I do expect some schools to push me towards their MBA, but from a cost and time perspective I prefer the MFin plus there's the STEM OPT to sweeten the deal.

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New post 26 Nov 2019, 20:01
AB99 wrote:
Thanks for the feedback MSFHQ. I assume you meant great GMAT. So my experience was fulltime after undergraduate. I do expect some schools to push me towards their MBA, but from a cost and time perspective I prefer the MFin plus there's the STEM OPT to sweeten the deal.

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Go for it man. Issue you will find isn't push back, but a clear issue a school will have between their MBA and MSF admissions people. Vanderbilt accepting you in their MSF would take from their MBA. Same with UTA. This is why most top MBA programs do not have an MSF. They don't need them and don't want to steal from their premier program.

You will have better luck in Europe though. Or you could do BC's PT MSF. Or Georgetown's Online MSF. They tend to accept candidates with more work experience.
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