If you want to work in investment banking, investing in a Masters in Finance degree seems like a good bet. A large proportion of those from the top schools end up in front office roles and a lot of analysts in the latest crop of recruits at Barclays and J.P. Morgan have one under their belt.
And yet, the qualification opens up opportunities in other areas of the financial sector. Where will you end up? Well, that depends on where you decide to study. Based on the (very few) universities offering MSc in finance courses that produce detailed employment reports, we’ve broken down where the latest crop of graduates have found employment by sector. Investment banks are the main employers for a large proportion of these courses, but there are also a number of other – more surprising – sectors graduates end up in.
Consulting firms, for example, remain large employers of MSc Finance graduates, but some end up outside of the financial services arena entirely. At Cambridge Judge, for example, 22% of graduates ended up in finance roles in non-financial companies, while 24% of graduates from Washington University: Olin ended up in an industry finance role. If nothing else, a Masters in Finance course keeps your options open.