Forum: Application & Admission (2 Comments)

Profile Evaluation MSc in Finance

  • Posted by - KirillX - on 28 January 2014 - 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.
    Work Experience: no work experience at all.


    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 28 January 2014 - 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

      By Thomas Graf