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COMPARE Stanford MCF vs Princeton Mfin

Stanford MCF (ICME) vs Princeton MFin

  • Stanford MCF

    Votes: 10 21.7%
  • Princeton MFin

    Votes: 36 78.3%

  • Total voters
    46
Hey Guys !
I thought I was joining Princeton with no doubts. Hiwever, I got into Stanford and now I’m struggling with the decision...
I want to work in buy side and I think maybe Stanford’s program may be more technical and Stanford’s name is definitely a plus. Though, Princeton is very strong and has a great network in Finance...
What are your thoughts ?
 
In my opinion, if you want to go for a PhD degree in this field, then go to Stanford. I also really like the curriculum offered by ICME. It is very technical and also they offer chances for transferring to a PhD program. If you have already set up your mind for a PhD, go to Stanford.

Otherwise I vote for Princeton. It is a much more balanced program. It will be a better choice if you want to launch a job after graduation and you may also further apply for PhD (Econ, ORFE, etc.).

Congratulation again!
 
In my opinion, if you want to go for a PhD degree in this field, then go to Stanford. I also really like the curriculum offered by ICME. It is very technical and also they offer chances for transferring to a PhD program. If you have already set up your mind for a PhD, go to Stanford.

Otherwise I vote for Princeton. It is a much more balanced program. It will be a better choice if you want to launch a job after graduation and you may also further apply for PhD (Econ, ORFE, etc.).

Congratulation again!
The MCF program website specifically mentions their aim to get their students into the financial industry. In fact, have a look at their specializations:
Suggested Specializations
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Financial Data Science
  • Financial Technology
  • Financial Markets
  • PhD prep
PhD prep is a specialization you can choose to pursue, but it isn't necessary. Most of their alum have amazing jobs in the finance and data science industries -- seems to be a fair result given the exciting curriculum and obviously the Stanford tag.
 
Thanks for your responses ! I might add that my Princeton’s offer is for 1 year.
Also, I may want to come back to Europe after 3-5 years. Stanford isn’t a bit more recognized out of the US ?
 
- Final Choice -
I'll be going to Princeton ! I think the school is the best fit for me as it is a relatively small school with more theoretical courses.
Thanks everyone for your help !
Thank you for checking back in! Congrats on your admissions, and your choice. Bendheim Center is pretty badass.
 
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