Profile Evaluation MSc in Finance

Application & Admission
  • Posted by KirillX on 01/28/14 9:31am

    Good morning!

    I just completed GMAT (unsuccessfully, 610) and plan to apply to schools for 2014 september. I am looking for full time Msc in Finance. Details of my profile:

    Age 20
    B. Finance from the top-Russian University (HSE).
    GPA 3,8/5
    Nationality: Russian
    Gender: Male

    GMAT : 610(Q:50;V:23;IR:6)

    Post MSc career interest: Investment Banking, Hedge Funds.

    Target Schools...Well, perfectly it would be LSE/HEC/Imperial/St.Gallen/Said
    But while it's unrealistic, Cass/Cranfield/Henley would be great, if possible.
    If not, it would also be very good for Warwick/Edinburgh/Durham/Lancaster/etc from FT rating or this rating.
    news.efinancialcareers.com/us-en/154088/the-top-25-masters-in-finance-for-getting-a-job-in-investment-banking/
    Work Experience: no work experience at all.

    Extracurricular:

    1. Some diplomas from Russian national math championships.
    2. Some achievments in sports (swimming, chess), but not even on regional level.

    Please suggest if which of target schools are realistic?
    Definitely, I should rewrite GMAT and aim for a higher score, but preparation will take one-two-three month, and the deadlines are so close...
    Lastly,what areas do I need to work on to improve my chances?

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/28/14 3:45pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. The schools that you mentioned in your priority 1 list place much emphasis on academic achievements. Also, they expect proof of your quantitative skills as expressed, for instance, in your GMAT.

      I don't know how good your 3.8 GPA score is; and yes, many schools may require a higher GMAT score. But this refers to very selective schools like the ones in your priority 1 list. For most schools, your GMAT score should be sufficient.

      If I were you, I would not exclude a school at this point. Even though your chances may be small, you may gain access to one of your pririty 1 and 2 list. Have you checked the Entry Requirements of these schools in detail already? At least for Imperial, it looks as if your GMAT Q score would be sufficient.

      Of couse, you ca re-do the GMAT - and if you achieve a greater score it would not hurt. But I would also try to get in direct contact with the schools - for example, through our School Contact page - and simply ask if they see a chance that you become accepted.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      By Thomas Graf