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  • Hey Andy ,

    I have a GRE score of 320 / toefl score of 109 / 1 year software job experience and fairly well extra curricular profile.
    I have applied to Rutgers , Courant , Baruch ,NYU-Poly ,IIT .
    However I also want to have a go at the european universities. I tried to search for rankings on european colleges but couldnt find anything substantial.
    Which unis will be good from the point of view of placement ?
    I dont understand why they saw my transcript and suggest about this program. Would you mind to tell me basic about subject: Financial Engineering. Is this suitable for a girl, and is it difficult for person who dont study a lot of maths to study?
    Thanks a lot and hope to see your reply.
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    I suspect they just want you to apply even if it's not a good fit for you, given your background. Most people studying FE have a math or engineering background since the materials taught is highly mathematical.
    Hi, Andy. I am applying PhD scholarship. University said that they are very excited if i apply PhD Financial Engineering. I had background for finance with BSc Banking and Finance and Master in financial management in London. Actually, i didnt study subjects in maths in university(GRE OR GMAT... I HAVE NEVER KNOWN IT). But I think i am not too bad about maths when i was in high school.
    Just as a proposal. BU is quite mentioned in the forums and is one of the masters that has the most applications. Maybe it deserves it's own tag ;-)
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    Done. If you see any thread that needs the proper prefix, just click on Report and I'll take care of it.
    Hi Andy, I'm Aerospace Engineering student at Purdue. I'm thinking of changing my major to MFE, should I take stats course first? I know MFE in purdue is not that good, would it be better if I get a master degree from MFE in purdue then apply for PhD degree for a better program? THX so much!
    GRE: 1270 (770, 500), TOEFL: 108, GPA: 6.52/10 (3.3/4), Work Exp: 2 years by this June with a Financial Services Company in India. Math grades aren't so great but work exp is relevant. Could you kindly let me know my chances of being accepted at MS OR Columbia?

    Andy, could you kindly give a pre-eval?
    Andy, I have a quick question
    I was hoping to enhance my c++ abilities prior to enrollment at Uchicago this fall. I plan to start the C++ course that Baruch offers after I take the CFA Lv1 test in June. Will I be able to start the course right away maybe on the 10th of June. Will it be just like I pay tuition on maybe June 5th and then boom I get to start on the 10th? Hope to hear from you soon
    Andy,
    I got accepted into Columbia's MFE but I am still waiting on MIT to release decisions. I gotta secure my place by March 5 and MIT is going to release decisions by March 14th and refused to give me an early decision. Should I ask Columbia for an extension?

    Regards,

    Juan Pablo
    1.) How much time do you think is needed each week to finish the program on time.

    2.) Do you see many main investment firms recognizing this program as a top contender in the future amongst others in C++ certifications?
    hi Andy, great to see you so active here.

    I was wondering if you could help me with the selection of universities .

    The choice being between Temple MFE, Claremont Graduate University(CGU) MFE, Columbia MFE, SMU MQF
    Andy, I am extremely sorry....... My full time job takes too much time:( .I thought I could make some time but it turned out I can't handle it. Could I apply for refund. So sorry.
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    Sure. I can refund for you. Would you like to keep it and schedule a couple months later when you have some more time from the job? You can always request full refund then.
    Is the 16 weeks starting right now? Should I finished the level 1 and level 2 first and then buy myself a 16 week? I am worried I waste the first two levels time...
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    Yes, the 16-week start right when you make payment. It should show you a counter of how many days you have left, confirm?
    If you don't want to enroll right now but a bit later (maybe in a week), just let me know and I will help.
    You should have access to level 1, 2 now and start working on it now.
    jamesthu
    I'd like to be enrolled two weeks later...Can I?...Thanks a lot:)
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    You are scheduled to enroll on 1/28 now. Please go ahead and work on l1 and l2 HW.
    Hello, Andy. I want to purchase the c++ course. And I think I’ve complete the payment and the bank's system showed the money has been paid. But the website went wrong. Now I am not sure whether I purchase the course successfully. Could you check that for me ? And how can I start the course? Thanks a lot.
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    Hi, you are successfully enrolled in the course. Can you tell me what you meant by "the website went wrong". What error message you received?
    Hi Andy,
    I am a student at Columbia ( MSOR) . I was interested into quantitative finance but now i would like to switch over to Big Data. Ihave completed core courses (stochastic, regression models, intro to FE). I am taking spring courses Machine Learning (R) , Applied Data Science (Python) , Analysis of Algorithms, Intro to Databases
    gauravpuri
    Do you think with similar courses will place me in a good position to apply for jobs in financial industry as well?
    Or Do you think I should take couple of courses like Quantitative Risk Management , Implied Volitility SMile ? instead of Analysis of Algorithms and Intro to Databases.

    Thanks
    gauravpuri
    Andy - waiting for your reply.
    hey Andy, i got into university of michigan's MFE program and I'm quite very likely to get into university of Washington St louis MSF Qtrack as well. Could you give me some suggestions about choosing between them? Thanks
    I want to be a Quant Programmer and work for Investment Bank/Hedge Fund. Should i do MS in Computer Science or MS in Financial Engineering ?
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    MFE does not make you a good programmer. MS CS would be more flexible in term of career prospect.
    Hi Andy, I have been reading your comments in forums for months and I am very impressed about your knowledge in this field. I am a PhD in Applied Mathematics and an early stage Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics with strong programming knowledge in Matlab and C++. My goal is to become a Quant. I was wondering what would be your suggestion for the simplest way to achieve this goal.
    Thanks, Zeev
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    You probably should apply for jobs directly or via a recruiter.
    Zeev
    Thank you Andy, I have been trying and got only one interview. I guess the market is very difficult these days. Thanks again
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    The landscape has changed and the job market is shrinking.
    Uozz
    On top of all things, they said only full semester long courses will work which means Baruch PreMFE courses will not be eligible.
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    The c++ is a 16-week course, a whole semester.
    Uozz
    Yes thats true but the first condition applies ... No online or internet courses accepted. Period. Its very unfortunate, screws up my whole plan....
    Hi Andy. I talked to you before about the C++ programming course offered on this website. I am now ready to commit myself to this course. And I have pre-registered. Do you think I can get enrolled anytime soon? Or I have to finish level 1 and level 2 first?
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    Phoebe, you can enroll anytime as soon as you pay tuition. You don't have to finish level 1,2 first but you should be ready to start work on the HW as soon as you enroll.
    Phoebe Huang
    Thanks for the prompt reply =)
    Hi Andy, I am a undergraduate stuent who is going to declare a major. I am interested in finance, physics, and math. My dream job is working as a quant. I am not sure if going to business school of USC or UCBerkerley and double major in math is a good choice. I can also take six computer classes to get a computer science minor. Or do you think getting a C++ certificate during or after education is enough. Thank you!
    Andy Nguyen
    Andy Nguyen
    Hua
    Thanks Andy, the link is really helpful. Since math and computer programming are both important, which one do you think should be chosen as the second major? (I only can choose one)
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