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Schulich Master of Finance VS Western Master of Financial Economics

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New post 05 Mar 2017, 23:07
Hi, I am deciding between two programs below, and I listed some basic info about them, could you give me some more advice? Thanks!

Schulich Master of Finance

1. Good Location, Toronto city

2. Good reputation

3. Covering a lot of CFA content so more conveniently passing CFA with this program

4. Only 12 months, so less work permit time (I am international student)

Western Master of Financial Economics

1. 16 months program with a summer internship opportunity (biggest pro in my opinion because many people tell me internship opportunity means larger chance of getting full-time)

2. This MFE program doesn't belong to Western Ivey school, it is a collaborative program among departments of Economics, Ivey, Statistics and the law, so I am not sure the reputation is better than Schulich's

3. Location is not as good as that of Schulich



My Goal: Getting a job after graduation.



Some people tell me better location means more opportunity, but other tell me internship opportunity is safer because you already get your foot in the door. I am having a hard time deciding which one to go, need some experts to help me out :D



Thanks in advance!

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Hi there, I went to Schulich for undergraduate studies. In my opinion, the Masters in Finance at Schulich is not very well recognized and more resources are put into the other programs (MBA and undergrad) compared to the Masters. For example some of the best professors I remember only taught MBA/undergrad.

That being said, some things you should consider:
- Cost; is one school offering a good scholarship?
- How you plan to job hunt. Do you plan to set up coffee chats with guys in Toronto? Or are you better on the phone?
- Do you have previous work experience? If not then an internship would give you a lot more weight
- How is the alumni base?
- Do you want to consider more econ-focused roles after graduation? (e.g. macro research)

By the way, it is a solid hour by public transportation to get downtown from Schulich...definitely shorter than Western but be prepared.

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