Should I go to SMU Cox as an international student for the MS finance?


duke1234

It is a STEM designated degree.
I have narrowed it down to either that or University of Otago in new Zealand. My main aim is to get a role as an equity research analyst and move to a different country.

It is a STEM designated degree.
I have narrowed it down to either that or University of Otago in new Zealand. My main aim is to get a role as an equity research analyst and move to a different country.
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mba hipste...

Two very different programs in, as you know, extremely different locations.

When you say 'move to a different country' - are you looking at short- or long-term?

The big issue with the US immigration rules, as you probably know, is the H1B lottery. Because of this, you'd have a lot of uncertainly after the initial 3-year OPT visa period. If you're ok with that (essentially you'd have to plan on moving back home after three years) then the US could be a great place to go.

Otherwise, if you're looking for more stability long-term, New Zealand is great visa-wise. However you'd have to deal with that country's limitations (a smaller, less diverse economy primarily).

Are these your only two options?

Two very different programs in, as you know, extremely different locations.

When you say 'move to a different country' - are you looking at short- or long-term?

The big issue with the US immigration rules, as you probably know, is the H1B lottery. Because of this, you'd have a lot of uncertainly after the initial 3-year OPT visa period. If you're ok with that (essentially you'd have to plan on moving back home after three years) then the US could be a great place to go.

Otherwise, if you're looking for more stability long-term, New Zealand is great visa-wise. However you'd have to deal with that country's limitations (a smaller, less diverse economy primarily).

Are these your only two options?
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duke1234

Two very different programs in, as you know, extremely different locations.

When you say 'move to a different country' - are you looking at short- or long-term?

The big issue with the US immigration rules, as you probably know, is the H1B lottery. Because of this, you'd have a lot of uncertainly after the initial 3-year OPT visa period. If you're ok with that (essentially you'd have to plan on moving back home after three years) then the US could be a great place to go.

Otherwise, if you're looking for more stability long-term, New Zealand is great visa-wise. However you'd have to deal with that country's limitations (a smaller, less diverse economy primarily).

Are these your only two options?


No I have other options as well.

UCD Smurfit - they changed the offer to management consulting msc from strategic management

Cranfield msc management and finance

Durham msc finance

Cass msc corporate finance

Skema msc financial markets and investments

Nova Portugal msc finance

I must have talked to over 50 Cranfield and Durham alumni from India. None of them had a good thing to say about Cranfield. They said that the university has no name in the financial sector in the UK. None of them found work in the UK so I asked Cranfield for official statistics for international students. What I liked about Cranfield is that they are transparent however their top placements for international students were a real estate firm in India and bank of Baroda lol. ONLY 10 percent of the internationals in 2018 class found work in the UK. Hence I decided to just leave it. Durham business school alumni has a similar story to tell and places like Bath have an even worse cohort so the job prospects from these places for internationals are dismal.
Everyone at skema told me that I need fluent French to find a job in France so I decided against that. There were people from India who had cleared 3 levels of the CFA still couldn't find jobs in France. I guess these French schools do well on international mobility measures due to many moroccan and Algerian students who are fluent in french and have their undergrad degree from france too.
Unfortunately, in India tier 2 schools like Bath, skema, Cranfield have tied up with consulting agencies who are sending gullible students with loans to these unis.

There are many people who I talked to who are still repaying their debt and are bitter about their experiences.
I decided against UCD as they literally have no course on quantitative methods. The coursework is really bland. Hence I arrived at the two options which seemed the best for me-

SMU Cox and university of Otago
Alumni from these schools had positive responses. Yes NZ is very small. It is pretty hard to find relevant jobs and the US H1B is a problem. I can apply to other schools like ASU, Iowa, etc which have given me a GMAT waiver. I just hope that my visa doesn't get rejected though as I haven't taken the GRE or the GMAT.

Canada on the other hand requires 4 years undergrad. Australia is too expensive for me plus they have become very strict with immigration in the past 3 years hence NZ.

[Edited by duke1234 on Feb 04, 2020]

[quote]Two very different programs in, as you know, extremely different locations.

When you say 'move to a different country' - are you looking at short- or long-term?

The big issue with the US immigration rules, as you probably know, is the H1B lottery. Because of this, you'd have a lot of uncertainly after the initial 3-year OPT visa period. If you're ok with that (essentially you'd have to plan on moving back home after three years) then the US could be a great place to go.

Otherwise, if you're looking for more stability long-term, New Zealand is great visa-wise. However you'd have to deal with that country's limitations (a smaller, less diverse economy primarily).

Are these your only two options?[/quote]

No I have other options as well.

UCD Smurfit - they changed the offer to management consulting msc from strategic management

Cranfield msc management and finance

Durham msc finance

Cass msc corporate finance

Skema msc financial markets and investments

Nova Portugal msc finance

I must have talked to over 50 Cranfield and Durham alumni from India. None of them had a good thing to say about Cranfield. They said that the university has no name in the financial sector in the UK. None of them found work in the UK so I asked Cranfield for official statistics for international students. What I liked about Cranfield is that they are transparent however their top placements for international students were a real estate firm in India and bank of Baroda lol. ONLY 10 percent of the internationals in 2018 class found work in the UK. Hence I decided to just leave it. Durham business school alumni has a similar story to tell and places like Bath have an even worse cohort so the job prospects from these places for internationals are dismal.
Everyone at skema told me that I need fluent French to find a job in France so I decided against that. There were people from India who had cleared 3 levels of the CFA still couldn't find jobs in France. I guess these French schools do well on international mobility measures due to many moroccan and Algerian students who are fluent in french and have their undergrad degree from france too.
Unfortunately, in India tier 2 schools like Bath, skema, Cranfield have tied up with consulting agencies who are sending gullible students with loans to these unis.

There are many people who I talked to who are still repaying their debt and are bitter about their experiences.
I decided against UCD as they literally have no course on quantitative methods. The coursework is really bland. Hence I arrived at the two options which seemed the best for me-

SMU Cox and university of Otago
Alumni from these schools had positive responses. Yes NZ is very small. It is pretty hard to find relevant jobs and the US H1B is a problem. I can apply to other schools like ASU, Iowa, etc which have given me a GMAT waiver. I just hope that my visa doesn't get rejected though as I haven't taken the GRE or the GMAT.

Canada on the other hand requires 4 years undergrad. Australia is too expensive for me plus they have become very strict with immigration in the past 3 years hence NZ.



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Hey, hope you are doing well. I am actually going to be attending SMU COX for my MSF degree in fall 2020. Although I am not an international student,I do happen to have some valuable pieces of information that may assist you in your decision. Firstly, SMU Cox has a lot of international students, think India and China. There OPT program is good and many international students find decent jobs. Secondly, Dallas is one of the fastest growing financial hubs in the world and the possibilities with a finance background here are endless. SMU has high tuition compared to other universities but the career benefits it provides you with offsets this aspect. Hope this helps!

Hey, hope you are doing well. I am actually going to be attending SMU COX for my MSF degree in fall 2020. Although I am not an international student,I do happen to have some valuable pieces of information that may assist you in your decision. Firstly, SMU Cox has a lot of international students, think India and China. There OPT program is good and many international students find decent jobs. Secondly, Dallas is one of the fastest growing financial hubs in the world and the possibilities with a finance background here are endless. SMU has high tuition compared to other universities but the career benefits it provides you with offsets this aspect. Hope this helps!
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Hey, hope you are doing well. I am actually going to be attending SMU COX for my MSF degree in fall 2020. Although I am not an international student,I do happen to have some valuable pieces of information that may assist you in your decision. Firstly, SMU Cox has a lot of international students, think India and China. There OPT program is good and many international students find decent jobs. Secondly, Dallas is one of the fastest growing financial hubs in the world and the possibilities with a finance background here are endless. SMU has high tuition compared to other universities but the career benefits it provides you with offsets this aspect. Hope this helps!

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[quote]Hey, hope you are doing well. I am actually going to be attending SMU COX for my MSF degree in fall 2020. Although I am not an international student,I do happen to have some valuable pieces of information that may assist you in your decision. Firstly, SMU Cox has a lot of international students, think India and China. There OPT program is good and many international students find decent jobs. Secondly, Dallas is one of the fastest growing financial hubs in the world and the possibilities with a finance background here are endless. SMU has high tuition compared to other universities but the career benefits it provides you with offsets this aspect. Hope this helps![/quote]
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