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Student Finance Masters Degree

Lester Said:

Does this sound like a good Masters degree program?

We Answered:

Yeah it seems like a good curriculum...

Randall Said:

What are the different kind of jobs in finance APART from investment banking?

We Answered:

There is a plethora of different Finance positions. The most prominent would probably be a Portfolio manager(based on salary and market competition), but I would definitely research your options. One thing to consider would be your major. I'm not sure how majoring in Economics is beneficial to a career in Finance. Sure, they have similarities but differences as well. Key thing, Economists deal with possibilities and Financiers deal with meeting those possibilities.

Alicia Said:

should I get my Masters degree or just get a bachelors?

We Answered:

Ultimately, getting your Masters degree is worthwhile, but you probably don't need it for an entry-level finance position.

Here's a thought -- go to work with one of the leading firms after you graduate with your Bachelors degree. Then, you might be able to get your employer to pay all or part of your expenses for a Masters degree, since it will benefit you in your work.

Even if they don't, you will be able to take a tax deduction for the cost of tuition, books and expenses that are not reimbursed by your employer, as they are considered legitimate business educational expenses as long as they relate to your employment.

You can probably get your MBA in an "executive MBA" program this way. You could expect to get tens of thousands of dollars a year in higher salary, plus be eligible for a higher bonus tier, with an MBA in finance.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Bessie Said:

Is there statistics data about jobs after graduating from Harvard with masters degree?

We Answered:

Your choice of masters programs will be limited by your choice of undergraduate majors. Harvard doesn't offer terminal masters in many fields; it's either PhD or nothing. Some of them are free, some cost a lot, some will pay YOU to do your degree. Some have good job prospects and others don't, just like a degree from any other school. And most of them are very, very difficult to get into.

Gina Said:

What is better.....MBA or Masters in Finance?

We Answered:

Personalty I think understanding of the principles of econ are good. But becoming an economist is not what I would do unless you plan to be teaching.

An MBA is good for business management. If you have that level of technical discipline in finance, I would definitely then pursue Columbia (great school no matter what you take) and take the Financial Engineering background as a big plus over the MBA. "Virtually everyone in corp biz mgmt has an MBA." You need an edge, an areas of specialization that will stand out. Focus and get top grades which will help you.

M.S. Financial Engineering
"Financial Engineering is a multidisciplinary field involving financial theory, the methods of engineering, the tools of mathematics and the practice of programming."
http://www.ieor.columbia.edu/pages/gradu…

It would also help to understand law and have a background in securities law, corporate law (mergers & acquisitions), contract law, etc. With expertise in the F/E field would make you a more valuable tool over a standard MBA in my experience. An understanding in risk management would not hurt either.

I would also go talk to the top investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley (not the retail side), and ask what kind of background do they seek.

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