How good is the msc finance there? Will my future employers take the degree seriously?
Background: I am working at a startup and overlook business development and Valuations in my current role. I had been admitted to the master in finance at Arizona State, SMU, UCD, Trinity college, HEC Lausanne, Nova, etc but the visa processes stand suspended in my country hence I was looking at some courses on Coursera and I stumbled upon the HEC Paris Online Master. I realised that, at many of the schools, the degree we get in the end is the same as an on campus degree while the curriculum remains the same.
Hence, would you actually suggest someone to complete an online masters in finance or any other field for that matter? I have looked at the following options -
1) Harvard Extension School Finance
2) CASS Global finance Msc.
3) UNC MBA In Finance
4) Boston University MBA
However, I have less than 2 years of work experience but would like to explore options in this domain. In fact, i would also like a brand name on my CV and would like to know if a program from Harvard Extension is considered to be any good or will it be better if I attend an on campus program at a mid tier school like HEC Lausanne or UCD or ASU, SMU etc. I would like to start as an analyst at any of the tier 1 (GS, JP, BOA) or Tier 2 banks (BNP, Macquarie, RBS, HSBC etc) in corporate banking. Would a CFA be a better bet than all this? What would the advantage be for me to undertake an online Master in finance over the CFA? What other online options would you suggest?
The main difference I noticed in the curriculum and correct me if i am wrong is that CFA is a lot more practical. The coursework at Hec lausanne for example is a lot more theoretical and involves a lot more math than the CFA (proofs of theorems, advanced econometrics, machine learning, real analysis) while the CFA has a lot more formulas geared towards the industry jobs.
On a totally unrelated note, lets consider a degree like the Columbia university master in social work. The online curriculum is the same as the on campus curriculum and hybrid options are also available. Would such degrees from Ivy Leagues be looked on favorably by employers? Can I complete such a degree while working full time to only get a brand name on my CV?
Surprisingly I have met more people working in high finance from unrelated degrees from Cambridge or Oxford, LSE like History, Economic history, Geography than Bath or Strathclyde finance grads.
[Edited by frasier12345 on Apr 27, 2020]