Target schools are the main universities investment banks recruit from. The reason they are called a target school is that the banks actively “target” their students by holding information sessions on campus and traveling to the school to conduct first-round interviews.
In recent years, banks have been expanding the scope of their recruiting practices and looking for talent from a wider range of schools.
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List of schools
Below is a non-exhaustive list of target schools, separated into U.S. and International (sorted alphabetically).
U.S. Target Schools
International Target Schools
Business School Sao Paulo (BSP)
CEIBS – China Europe International Business School
Esade Business School
Fudan University – School Of Management
IE Business School
IESE Business School
IMD Business School
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
London Business School (LBS)
Manchester Business School
Melbourne Business School
Nanyang Business School
Tsinghua University – School of Economics and Management
University of British Columbia: Sauder
University of Cambridge: Judge
University of Hong Kong
University of Oxford: Saïd
University of Toronto: Rotman
York University: Schulich
Working at an investment bank
Ever wonder what it’s like to work at an investment bank? Investment bankers make a lot of money but work extremely long hours (up to 100 hours per week) to complete whatever their clients demand of them to close a deal.
What if you didn’t go to a target school? Fear not, there are still many opportunities to work into investment banking, however, it will likely require a lot of networking. Check out these additional resources to help you in your investment banking job search: