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    Hi everyone,

    I just signed up to SR, as I really like some of the insights people give about uni choice.

    My situation: I applied to 7 unis for a master in finance (or some related program). I received an offer from... all. Now I am in the tough position of deciding where to go. Fortunately, I have managed to cut my options down to:
    i) Princeton (Master in Finance) (+) seems very supportive (in all regards) (-) 2 years
    ii) Columbia (Master of Arts in Mathematics of Finance) (+) 1 year (-) does not seem very supportive in terms of career services
    iii) Oxford (Master in Financial Economics) (+) 1 year (-) UK (done my undergrad in UK, would like a change of scenery)


    Please help me out! I only have a week left to decide before the offer deadlines. I would very much appreciate any opinion you can give me. Thank you very much!!
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    seems princeton is your best option, what about cost? If cost is an influence, oxford is probably your best option
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    The three most important factors for me would be:

    i) funding / scholarship availability (unless you can comfortably afford the fees)
    ii) where you want to live and work. If you're looking for a job in the US, avoid Oxford. (Americans don't rate UK Masters programs as highly as their own, multi-year programs. And in the case of Columbia, well... it's produced the most Nobel laureates of any university in the world!)
    iii) research specialisms. This might not be a huge factor in finance, I don't know, but worth considering which department caters to your specific interests best, possibly with a PhD in mind.
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    Well, the cost for Columbia and Princeton is about 38,000$. For Oxford it was 30,000 pounds, but I got an EU scholarship so its down to 15,000 pounds.

    I'm really looking more at the university and its program in terms of prestige. The price is of second importance to me. Thanks for the quick reply btw!
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    Do you know a Columbia Master in Mathematics of Finance alumna by any chance? I have tried contacting Columbia's rectruitment office, but they never reply. Thanks
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    Princeton
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    I don't know any Columbia alumni sorry. Once you've narrowed it down to these three elite institutions, your decision shouldn't be guided by prestige, they're so evenly matched. But prestige is a subjective thing - US employers might be more willing to hire a Columbia grad than an Oxford grad, and vice versa with UK employers.
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    Thanks for the posts; I see quite a pattern here with Princeton. Looking at some other threads, Princeton does seem a bit more challenging, perhaps prestigious.

    However, is it worth going there if it would potentially cost me an extra year?
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    It depends on what you want out of the programme... If you want a job on Wall Street, Columbia will get you the connections and possibly, work experience. But internationally I'd still say Oxford is the most reknowned.

    Yes,the US might cost you an extra year, so if you're planning to return to the UK to work, I'd say Oxford
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    Dude, holy crap---Princeton, no question. Princeton is the most competitive MFin program in the US, and the only with practically 100% placement.
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    yeah I heard about their 100% placement. The problem with that is that they force you to stay for an extra year if you do not have a job offer in the bag by the end of the first year. Bit of a conflict here I'd say...
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    Thanks for the many posts every!! If you have more please help me. The more the merrier!
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    (Original post by thisischris)
    Well, the cost for Columbia and Princeton is about 38,000$. For Oxford it was 30,000 pounds, but I got an EU scholarship so its down to 15,000 pounds.

    I'm really looking more at the university and its program in terms of prestige. The price is of second importance to me. Thanks for the quick reply btw!
    Seems like you cannot go wrong with any of them. Where do you plan to be after you finish? Do you plan to stay in the US?

    Which scholarship did you earn by the way???
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    I'm not sure yet, that's why I would like to go to the US and see for myself what the job market is like. EU scholarship
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    All 3 are great programmes, but without a doubt I'd prefer Princeton.

    The real question is, which is the alternative to Princeton...Columbia vs Oxford.
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    what are the other programmes you got in? Do you have an option to go on a 1year track at Princeton? Anyway, out of these three Princeton without any doubt.
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    I would say :
    1. Princeton - best and most prestigious.
    2. Columbia, only if you cannot afford Princeton
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    (Original post by thisischris)
    I'm not sure yet, that's why I would like to go to the US and see for myself what the job market is like. EU scholarship
    OP, which EU scholarship was that? I am looking for support schemes to be able to afford my post-graduate degree and would really appreciate the information

    Thank you !
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    (Original post by jackgg)
    yeah I heard about their 100% placement. The problem with that is that they force you to stay for an extra year if you do not have a job offer in the bag by the end of the first year. Bit of a conflict here I'd say...
    ????


    Doubt this. Probably a rumor. My guess is if you really can't find a job, then they'll throw you into a teaching gig for a yr.
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    If you're eying for US jobs, Princeton. For Europe and Asia, Oxford.
 
 
 
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