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WHU Beisheim MiF vs LBS MFA

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New post 22 May 2017, 21:45
Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of looking for a Master in Finance programme. My goal is to break into IB after graduation.

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Several good internships in the last year, though only one with Finance relevance (wasn't sure about which career to progress until recently)

I'm already accepted at the WHU Beisheim. It's a very good Bschool in Germany - their MiM regularly ranks in the FT top 10. I'm also in the application process for the LBS Master in Financial Analysis. Judging from my correspondence with the admission office, I view my chances of getting in at about 50:50.

Now to my question - which school you think would give me a better chance of breaking into IB? I think the LBS has a stronger global brand. That being said, the MFA is a new programme and it's hard to gauge how it is perceived by employers. Also, tuition at LBS is twice that of WHU and the cost of living will be substantially higher as well.

In any event, I'd appreciate any input! Thank you very much in advance.
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New post 23 May 2017, 12:50
Welcome to GMAT Club and congrats on getting into WHU.

IBanking is a very elusive industry that you are not guaranteed to get into. Do both schools offer paths to companies you are looking to work? Are there many IB's in Germany or most of them in London? (which would make a pretty easy case for LBS) but then I don't know if perhaps there is a number of firms/banks in Frankfurt or that hire from WHU? (Again no guarantee you will be hired or picked but better chances are always better than no chances even if there is no guarantee)

How are your tech and programming skills? I am hearing that a lot of analysis and work is moving towards data crunching and automation and you will have to be tech savvy (i.e. know how to program in Python or in R) to break into such a competitive area as Investment Banking.
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