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My question is whether I should pursue a MBA/JD degree for a career in M&A, or pursue a Masters in Finance at an elite European institute (e.g. IE, Oxford, HEC Paris, St. Gallen, Cranfield (perhaps)) and then a JD afterwards. The benefits of this alternative involve money; it's slightly cheaper to do a MFin/MSc of Finance abroad and a JD afterwards, I may secure a large scholarship (I cannot do so presently) when I apply with a MFin in my pocket, and a possible route of retreat if I discover that law and I are ill-suited. The Master of Finance programs in Europe are the best globally especially for graduates with no prior experience in finance, whereas a MBA/JD will lock me in the program for at least 2 years with my tuition squandered if I ever wished to back out. I graduated from the University of Toronto with a cgpa of 3.61 (top 10%); a best LSAT score of 167; a GMAT score of 780. I plan on practising M&A in Canada. Does anyone know how valuable financial experience is to a career in M&A, and if beneficial, whether there's any difference between a MBA and a MFin (Master in Finance)? According to the curriculum offered for the MBA/JD at UofT, a Master of Finance curriculum covers essentially the same thing a MBA majoring in Finance does except for managerial accounting, organizational structure, strategic negotiations and operations management. Are these courses what separate a MBA/JD career in M&A from those with a MFin? Anyone?
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