Hi, I have been struggling to decide between the options at hand which for me are - Columbia MSFE or GaTech QCF vs IIM Bangalore or IIM Calcutta MBA. This is similar to a thread by Nanda started in 2012, but since the market and immigration policies have changed immensely since then, I was hoping for a fresh perspective. Brief profile: - B.Tech Chem. Engg - IIT Roorkee (9.07/10) - 2015 Goldman Sachs Prop Accounting - IT Analyst (22 months) Tech lead at my own non-fin related startup (6 months) Good Analytical and IT skills. Few math courses at IIT and fairly confident in my ability to learn new math concepts. CFA Level 1 cleared and appearing for Level 2 in June. Based on the the information I could gather from the recent grads in the above schools, I can see the following points emerge MFE programs in the US: Pros :- 1. International exposure 2. Desk quant roles are open in banks and buy side firms which essentially might not exist in India. These in my view are the best opportunity to earn more and create wealth employing math and programming in finance and hence are lucrative to me. Cons :- 1. Could not gather information on what percentage of ppl actually land these roles and if not, what other prospects exist to work in the Front Office? 2. Loan amount (110k USD for columbia) has to be collateralized by residential property and places a huge burden on the co-borrower in case things go south. 3. No information on the career growth and compensation growth in 5-10-15 years in a MO/BO or Quant Research role which seems to be the average role the class is going to. MBA from IIM's Pros :- 1. Cheaper in terms of fees. (43k USD for 2 years) 2. Very good career services. 100% placements irrespective of economic downturns 3. Very well recognized in India and SE Asia 4. Broader range of career options Cons:- 1. Quant finance roles are almost non-existent in India currently 2. No info on whether an IIM B/C brand would be more valuable in a front office role in HK/SGP than a Columbia MFE I do not have a first hand exposure to quant but going by the course structure I feel I would like it. I would definitely want to have a career in Finance and a role that is *NOT* predominantly IT. I don't see myself coding in 10 years time. A few recent grads I spoke to, were of the view that Data Science and ML in a proper tech firm has a better long term growth and wealth creation prospect than a quant role in a bank. Also, Owing to the immigration hassles being created, and a desire to keep my parents close in their old age, I do not see myself spending longer than 10-15 yrs in the states, unless a way opens up to make them move with me and not on a 6 month B2 visa. Given the current market scenario, immigration issues and the significant loan exposure, what are the realistic chances of landing a front office Quant job? If not, what are the career growth options like in the jobs that are prevalent? I would love to hear more views, opinions and experiences from alumni and current students on which of the above options will help me in the longer term (10 years down the line).