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        How To Choose The Best Master's Degree For You

        Accounting, Analytics, Finance, Management & Marketing. There’s so many options for business masters degrees out there, so how do you choose the best Master's degree for you?

        Master’s in Analytics student Q&A

        Pinelopi Chamalelli, MSc Business Analytics student at Imperial, joining the analytics graduate scheme of a major consulting firm in London after graduation


        Why pursue a Master’s in Business Analytics?

        Analytics is the future; every business no matter its size collects more and more data, and desires to utilize them for a more efficient decision making. So, the opportunities we have after this program are endless not only in terms of quantity but also in terms of variety, since analytics can be applied in every single industry.

         What advice do you have for prospective Master's in Analytics students?

        Coding skills or generally the ability to learn a new programming language or a new software package quickly is crucial. Three main programming languages we use are Python, R, and SQL, since these are widely used in the industry.

        Good knowledge of linear algebra and statistics also help a lot. A good business understanding is also crucial for a successful data scientist.


        Masters in Finance


        Diane Jordan, associate director of admissions, MIT Sloan


        Who is a Master’s in Finance for?

        Our Master of Finance is for individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of modern finance that emphasizes a foundation in how markets work. Students of the program come from a variety of bachelor’s degree disciplines including business, economics, finance, and significant representation from the STEM areas.

        What skills/qualifications do you need to apply?

        We seek smart, motivated applicants who are passionate about finance. Recent graduates, early career professionals in finance, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, and other high-tech professionals are encouraged to apply.

        We look for: Success in academic, extracurricular, and professional endeavors; Ability to collaborate to accomplish a common goal; Ability to inspire others to achieve success; Excellent communication skills; Willingness to seek alternative solutions to existing challenges; Motivation to pursue goals.

        What will you learn on a Master’s in Finance?

        You’ll begin with rigorous courses in finance theory, financial mathematics, and financial accounting. You’ll be required to pass the Programming Literacy Test in either R or Python programming languages.

        You’ll work with analytical tools—financial modeling, portfolio and pricing theory, statistics and data analytics, and computational methods—to help tackle multi-faceted challenges that arise in finance, from capital budgeting and cash flow analysis, to dynamic asset allocation and big-data-based investment strategies, and more.

        You’ll take part in project-based courses solving real-world problems with MIT's partner corporations and culminating in presentations to corporate decision makers. You’ll choose electives from financial technology, to quantitative methods, to economics, to specialized disciplines such as healthcare finance, fixed income, mergers and acquisitions and asset management.

        What jobs can you qualify for after a Master’s in Finance?

        Jobs at asset managers, consulting firms, investment and corporate banks, brokerage firms, financial data providers, ratings firms, hedge funds, venture capitalists, insurance companies, public institutions, fintech, and more—from Fortune 500 companies to leading-edge boutiques.

        Companies who have hired Master of Finance graduates from MIT for each of the last three years include Bain & Company, BCG, BlackRock, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, and Citi.

        Top tip for applying to MIT Sloan?

        Get to know us and the admissions process through online chats and events to help you decide if MIT is a good fit.


        Master’s in Finance student Q&A

        David Smadja, student at MIT Sloan, has an offer for an associate position at a major investment bank in New York


        Why pursue a Master’s in Finance?

        Prior to my master’s, I graduated from a master of applied mathematics. Though I had a good understanding of the quantitative side of financial markets, I felt I was missing some important financial knowledge. To me, masters in accounting, for example, are not capable to cover everything you need to know to succeed in the field of finance like a master’s in finance does.

        What advice do you have for prospective Master's in Finance students?

        The role of the master’s is to teach you what’s necessary to break through the industry but I reckon that some preliminary skills are beneficial. If you’re interested in financial markets, some coding and analytics skills (statistics, optimization, AI a plus) are a minimum to have. If you’re more interested by the corporate side, a good understanding of financial statements analysis and accountability rules is crucial. 


        Masters in Management


        Eric Simard, associate director, MSc admissions at Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada


        Who is a Master’s in Management for?

        It’s for ambitious, recent graduates who want a specialized Master’s degree, that will hone their skill-set, develop their leadership abilities and accelerate their career success. Students are admitted from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, cultures.

        This creates a unique experience in classrooms which is meant to help students understand, reflect on, and challenge their tendencies, preferences and biases.

        At Ivey, students apply to a specific field of study which will allow them to focus their learning in one of three areas; Business Analytics, Digital Management, or International Business.


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        What skills/qualifications do you need to apply?

        We evaluate applicants on a number of dimensions including; Relationship management; Leadership orientation; Openness to learning; Adaptability; Program readiness; Academic performance in their final two years of their undergraduate degree; Motivation for joining the program; Short and long-term career objectives; Pre-program experience; and International exposure/experience.

        What will you learn on a Master’s in Management?

        Master’s in Management programs are designed to help students bridge the gap between a solid theoretical foundation received in undergraduate studies and the practical and soft skills needed to make a difference in the early stages of their career.

        Through Case-Method approach to education, Ivey MSc students are put in the position of the decision-maker and are asked to analyze data, develop alternatives and then make and defend their recommendations. We are focused on creating the next group of business leaders who are able to walk into a new role and take action.

        What jobs can you qualify for after a Master’s in Management?

        Graduates take positions in a variety of industries including; Technology, Management Consulting, Financial Institutions, Telecommunications, Consumer Packaged Goods, and more.

        The majority of our graduates take starting positions in leadership rotational programs or in consulting firms focused in Risk, Technology or Human Capital. Many have titles such as data science associate, area manager or data analyst, and they work in a variety of organizations such as PwC, Scotiabank, Amazon, Walmart, Deloitte, Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, Sun Life Financial, BMO, Bell, EY, and Morgan Stanley.

        Top tip for applying to Ivey?

        Candidates should connect with our admission and recruitment team before submitting their application. They should spend time learning about what our programs have to offer by attending webinars, talking to current students, and reaching out to our MSc alumni. And they should consider and reflect on how the Ivey MSc in Management can support their short and long-term career goals.


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