Hi All! Good luck to everyone who has sent in an application and is expecting the results tomorrow. The first half of spring semester is almost over- this term has really flown by quickly! For me, this term has been slightly more relaxed with recruiting out of the way. I am currently taking 3 classes- M&A, Entreprenuerial Finance and Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities. The MIT Sloan term is split into two halves, with SIP week (Sloan Innovation Period) and Spring Break in between the two. M&A is a half term course, meaning that although it is shorter, there tends to be more work than other courses. Next half I will continue to take Entreprenuerial and Econ, but will add a course in private equity and hedge funds, as well as international finance.
When I applied to Sloan I had a tough decision to make, as I had other offers from Oxford and Princeton. I chose Sloan for a number of reasons- firstly, the course is one year long, versus a two year masters at Princeton- which is extremely important. Having done my undergraduate degree at Cambridge, I was not too keen on Oxford. Being at a business school is great- the brand name is well known and there are so many more different classes and courses that one can take. For example, I lean towards to corporate finance side of things, and have had a wide selection of classes to choose from. Additionally, I am interested in Economics and Strategy, and Sloan has a large number of different courses in these areas as well. This was valueable to me, as the Princeton course tends to be very capital markets focussed. As mentioned by Chandler, there are also many courses in quantitative finance as well as capital markets. Another interesting thing is the opportunity to work on real projects and to travel. In an earlier post, I talked about the proseminar in investment banking that I took, which gave me the opportunity to work in a team for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This semester, many of my classmates are taking classes that have elements of travel to places like Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Bangladesh, to name a few. Doing something other than just plain "book-learning" (for lack of a better phrase) and working on a real project is exciting!
There are a whole set of other reasons why I chose Sloan- the quality of teaching, students and recruting resources is extremely high. Being in Boston in the summer as well is a lot of fun- the weather is nice! Outside of work and school, many coursemates are outgoing, friendly and fun. Good luck once again for the results!