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Would a masters in data analytics help me get into consulting?

B asked on Mar 19, 2019
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replied on Mar 19, 2019
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Hi Hrag,

I agree with Vlad.
Having MSc Analytics or MBA from Stanford don't guarantee you an offer to MBBs.

If you stand at the parting of the ways, I suggest you talking to carrer coach/consultant to develop your way to MBB or find alternative course of actions depending on your background.

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replied on Mar 20, 2019
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Hi Hrag,

There are a couple of important things to note here:

+ Your Masters Degree is not a limiting factor to decide if you are a good candidate. My colleage has a Masters in Religion and he got offers from 2 of the top Big 3. Your overall profile - experience, leadership, education, etc. - determines your fit for the interview. Post that, it's all about how you perform at the interviews - Are you good at structuring the problem and critical thinking? Do you have good stories that demonstrate Leadership? and so on.

+ There are many consulting firms that are diversifying their usual consulting track. For instance, McKinsey hires data scientists who usually have a data analytics background like yourself. Data scientists have a slightly different career track, but they are a part of teams where there is huge amount of data, limited time to complete analysis or the need to use softwares apart from standard Excel/Tableau e.g., Python. I worked with a data analyst on my team a few months ago and the impact was terrific.

Hope this helps!


Anonymous A replied on Mar 19, 2019

I have a MSc in data analytics from a target school and yes was able to interview at MBB. However, don't forget it is only your master that will determine if you can interview but your entire resume. I had a nice consulting experience on my resume and it definitely helped out. Good luck!

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It's impossible to answer since:

  • We don't know the rest of your background to know whether your resume will go through
  • Getting into consulting means passing the interviews. Data analytics may help, but it does not guarantee you success. Preparation is the knig


Data analytics is a good way to analyze the whole business data. You have to face enough interviews as well if you are going for consulting. For more information about data analytics you can visit — Lilly Willams on Mar 20, 2019

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