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    Engineering Background but no math

    They'll know the timeline of the courses taken because you have to submit official transcripts from all schools attended after high school. But they would also know that the material you learn (assuming) from UIUC would be the same type of math you'd learn at Cal or CMU campus (they'll check the...
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    CMU MSCF CMU MSCF launches Online program

    If you have to tell your interviewer that the degree was done online, so what? The classes are the same, and you take the same exams, do the same projects, same homeworks. You still have to study hard to get good grades whether you take the classes on campus or away from campus. But I agree the...
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    Engineering Background but no math

    The question is, how did you graduate with an engineering degree with limited math background? I graduated with an engineering degree, and part of the degree requirement was bunch of math classes as preparation for the more hardcore engineering classes in junior/senior years.
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    Columbia CVN

    Some of the classes are taped from pervious years, but I don't see any problem with that. They still teach the same topics, assign similar homework problems / exams (that were exactly the same as the ones assigned to folks who took that class from previous years). It's just like taking the same...
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    Just got my degree! Woo hoo!

    I think it depends on the school. My ugrad school (i had a grad and a ugrad degree from my ugrad school) prints the major on diploma, but my grad school does not print major on diploma.
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    COMPARE Columbia - MFE vs MS&E

    MS&E is a joint program between IEOR dept and Business School. But you're right that MSFE is more quant oriented, so you better have a solid math background.
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    Stanford MS&E

    Think of this way.... Stanford's MS&E is like Columbia's MSOR. Their students can take Financial Engineering classes as their electives, but they can also take many other OR classes that are not FE, and they don't get a "financial engineering" degree. Stanford's MFM is like Columbia's MSFE.
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    Best MFE for NYC placement

    I'd say Cal's MFE program is just highly regarded as those in NYC. I'd argue that Cal's MFE program is probably the best in the West Coast. captn sounds like a die hard Cal fan.
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    Columbia University MS in Financial Economics

    Columbia CVN is the same as traditional MSOR... same requirement, just different location.
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    Columbia University MS in Financial Economics

    Is it worth it to spend 100K to take PhD classes but your diploma designation is Masters? Also, most of your PhD classmates will be taking the same classes for free. IMO, you don't get enough credit if you take a lot of PhD classes, but graduate with a masters degree.
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    Columbia University MS in Financial Economics

    So, they took 10 students out of 543..... what's the point of having a new program like this if they're only gonna take 10 people? I can't imagine all of the 533 rejected applicants are that far off from the 10 accepted applicants.
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    GRE Test. Tips?

    just go ahead and take a look at sample problems from GRE's website, and you'll find it much harder. And they'll stop using adaptive testing (in which the exam starts out from easy question and gets harder if you get and easier ones right, so it's still possible to get 800 if you miss one or...
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    GRE Test. Tips?

    take it before the new format takes place in August. the new format will make the exam even harder.
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    Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students

    I'd say one of the reason would be the general "shy-ness" of Chinese people.
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    Do domestic students have an advantage?

    I would say yes. Many programs have much higher acceptance rate for domestic students than international students (if you group the applicants into two separate groups).
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    Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students

    It's not just Chinese cheating in international sports competition. Koreans are also notorious for "doing ANYTHING they can to win."
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    Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students

    I am a little surprised that US government allows US (non-profit) colleges to pay the agents (or middle men) commission to recruit students. I have zero respect for schools that have to pay agents to solicit mismatched students. SUNY has just lost a lot of points in its reputation in my own...
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    Some Recruiting Agents Exploit Chinese Students

    Experienced admission committees should be able to tell if an essay or LOR is fake just by reading it.
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    Columbia MSOR MSOR or Certificate in FE from Columbia

    thanks for clearing it up. you said "you have a degree that's not really recognized", and the only degree mentioned in the discussion is MSOR, so I thought you meant MSOR is not recognized in NYC.
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    Competitive MFE Application?

    better take some programming classes (C++/C#/Java) Simulation class will require some basic programming skill (in matlab or C++ or other high level language)
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    Columbia MSOR MSOR or Certificate in FE from Columbia

    MSOR degree is not recognized in NYC?
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    Accepted! BU, Claremont, or USC?

    Boston University for sure. (Claremont isn't that bad as well). But don't go to U$C.
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    part time phd programs

    There is a reason why almost all schools require PhD students to be full time students.
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    COMPARE Operation Research (Columbia) Vs. Financial Engineering (Imperial College)

    Did they really tell you that you can reapply for MSFE? Because they would mean you have to take more classes (i.e. more tuition fees) to complete all MSFE requirement after some MSOR classes. (I don't think MSOR's core classes can be used to substitute MSFE's core classes.)
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    Columbia MSOR MSOR or Certificate in FE from Columbia

    if your MSOR concentration is FE, then there seems to be some overlapping (for example, risk management (IEOR 4602)).
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    Columbia MSOR MSOR or Certificate in FE from Columbia

    MSF is Master of Science in Finance? If so, there could be some overlapping with MSOR cuz they're similar degrees.
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    Columbia MSOR MSOR or Certificate in FE from Columbia

    MSOR is a 1-year program if you do it full time on campus. It can be 2-3 year thing if you do it part time away from campus (CVN). And I think certificate is only offered via CVN.
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    Columbia MFE Columbia MFE in pictures

    And any girls that you find in Engineering schools would very unlikely be good-looking.
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    Online Masters in Financial Engineering

    So you'll have two masters from Columbia if you do MSOR there? Is your company going to pay for your 2nd master degree?
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    Columbia MSOR Anyone else headed to Columbia MSOR?

    University of Miami (Ohio) or University of Miami (FL)?
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    Columbia MSOR Anyone else headed to Columbia MSOR?

    another problem is that IEOR 4701/IEOR 4706 are only offered in summer to accomodate course schedule for MSFE, so I doubt you'd be able to take them as pre-req for 4707/4709/4710/4731 as MSOR. But you can always take more basic FE classes like 4700 and 4620. These are open to all IEOR people.
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    Columbia MSOR Anyone else headed to Columbia MSOR?

    you can take IEOR 4500 without restriction, but I doubt you'd be able to take 4731 and other FE classes unless you are willing to go over 30-unit minimum requirement because there are tons of pre-reqs such as ieor 4701/4703/4706/4707, and you have to have good grades before your advisor allows...
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    Can Only Apply To One Program At Columbia?

    And PhD applications are sent to GSAS, regardless of which school the department is in.
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    Columbia MSOR Question about Columbia MSOR through CVN

    another nice thing about CVN is that you are not asked to pay thousands of dollars of misc fees (such as student activity fees or mandatory fees or insurance fees). And you don't have to spend money on dorms or apartments. All you have to pay is the per-point tuition and $375 of CVN fee (and...
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    Columbia MSOR Question about Columbia MSOR through CVN

    If you want to get a PhD, CVN is NOT a good option. First, CVN is for those working professionals who just want to pursue a terminal master degree (or professional degree), because it's virtually impossible to conduct research away from campus. Also, professors will very unlikely to write...
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    Columbia MFE Phone call from Columbia MFE admissions ?

    Does anyone know how many MSOR people does IEOR admit every year? What is the general acceptance rate of MSOR that IEOR is targeting every year?
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    Columbia MS&E or Berkeley Operations Research?

    Columbia MS&E for sure. Cal's OR isn't quant-oriented. And it seems like you're admitted to their new M. Eng. program, not the traditional MS program. The new M.Eng. program is professionally oriented (i.e. no research required), but among the 8 required classes, it'll require you take two...
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    What is meant by *Recommended* for admission

    UMich stopped sending out paper mail for acceptance letter, so you'll only get an email notification.
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    Columbia MSOR Anyone else headed to Columbia MSOR?

    Yes.. you will have to pay more tuition if you want to go above 30-point requirement..... they bill your tuition on per-point basis.
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    COMPARE Columbia - MFE vs MS&E

    incorrect... Duke's MEM program is in Engineering school, and its curriculum is less quant oriented than Columbia and Stanford's programs.
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviewed, only one question, clue of rejection?

    The whole Columbia's IT infrastructure should be revamped, not just online status system. Their emails portal has slow loading time, their student portal (mycolumbia.edu) has been basically useless because the content is very lacking (I went to UCLA, and my.ucla.edu website has great content...
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    COMPARE UCLA MFE vs. USC MFE vs. CGU MFE

    Is it common that the directors of various high profile programs are often reading posts here?
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    COMPARE UCLA MFE vs. USC MFE vs. CGU MFE

    Don't waste your money on U$C.
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    Columbia MFE Columbia MFE in pictures

    it seems like Kachani has gained some weight..... His chin looks obviously "meatier"....
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    4106 is the OR version of 4701. And 4404 is the OR version of 4703. There are also IEOR 4700/4602/4620/4630/4500...
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    Columbia MSOR or Cornell Financial Engineering

    note that Cornell and Columbia MSOR have same designation on the diploma... (Cornell diploma says "Master of Engineering in ORIE" (but they give you a certificate in Financial Engineering (FE is not noted in Cornell's diploma)), while Columbia diploma says "Master of Science, Operations...
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    Columbia MFE Columbia MFE in pictures

    nice pics.... I almost didn't recognize Andy in that photo with Cliff Stein....
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    Columbia MFE Phone call from Columbia MFE admissions ?

    that's incorrect.... only selected MSFE rejects are offered a chance to be considered for MSOR.... NOT all of MSFE rejects will be considered for MSOR.
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    UCLA MFE UCLA MFE?

    720 is an automatic reject for UCLA or Cal or other top programs.... but is still good enough for U$C.
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    Columbia MFE Phone call from Columbia MFE admissions ?

    It says "recommended for admission" because the department head is "recommending" the dean of admission to admit you, since in most schools, dean of admission is the one who officially decides whom to admit, and dean almost always follows the "recommendation" from the department head. So...
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    Advice on Admissions to Berkeley MFE and other schools that accept GMAT

    Cal and Ga Tech,.. your chance is slim, since both schools put a lot of emphasis on grades/test scores... The Cs would definitely raise warning flag for them. U$C you can get in no problem, but I don't recommend that you waste money on U$C's so-called "education" might as well stay home at Rice...
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    Advice on Admissions to Berkeley MFE and other schools that accept GMAT

    How did you graduate with cum laude with just 3.22 GPA? I do agree with Andy that the Cs will hurt your chance a lot....
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    columbia masters please help?

    That means unless something drastic happens, you are admitted... the validation from the Dean is just formatliy... this is pretty much the practice in every school....
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    Columbia MFE Phone call from Columbia MFE admissions ?

    Does this mean that their application pool is smaller this year? Are they going to extend application deadlind like last year?
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    What should I do (USC Mathematical Finance)

    U$C.... what a surprise...! U$C's reputation is that you don't have to be smart to get accepted as long as you have $$$... One of my bosses interviewed many U$C kids and got the impression that they can't even write proper cover letters.... he also told me that one of the professors he had in...
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    New BU Curriculum

    of course,.... University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
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    New Programs??

    Columbia also has launched a new program called "M.S. in Management Science and Engineering",.. a joint program between B-School and IEOR department...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    Haha.... TraderJoe just got busted?
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    Application - What does transcript tell?

    The problem is that most universities don't want you to send in extra stuff that aren't part of the requirement... and I doubt they would spend their time going over the list of textbooks/topics.. etc.
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    Here are my qualifications, to which programs should I apply?

    USC??? Try UCLA instead... USC is a waste of money...
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    mfe hopes from low tier undergrad

    SUC is also known for cheating in their sports teams.... and SUC's reputation is that all you have to be is rich (not smart) to get in....
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    mfe hopes from low tier undergrad

    Yep.... I agree... while having a Bachelor degree from a prestigious school would help, it is not a do-or-die factor on where you got your ugrad degree from....
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    mfe hopes from low tier undergrad

    Did you go to U$C?
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    PhD is a waste of time

    A "named" school is highly ranked and prestigious,... a no-name school is a school that you probably have never heard of.... (such as Azusa Pacific University)....
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    PhD is a waste of time

    I think part of the usefulness of a PhD degree is what school you get it from, and what field is your PhD in.... A PhD from a no-name school in a less popular field certainly isn't worth much. I don't know why people are so shy about saying where they get their degrees from.....
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    Transferring to another MS program

    Just go to Columbia website, and you'll see that Columbia IEOR does NOT accept any transfer credit, so basically, you'll apply and start the MSOR program from scratch... And 720 Q is too low, IMO...
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    Where should I go for undergrad??

    UCLA... major in Business Econ.
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    Should I go for PHD ?

    how so?
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    an FE degree vs an FE certificate

    I personally think FE certificate is useless comparing with an FE degree... But I was wondering how an FE certificate is perceived in the streets, especially among potential employers....
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    Should I go for PHD ?

    how so?
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    Should I go for PHD ?

    So is it NYU or UChicago, or CMU???
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    Should I go for PHD ?

    I agree... going for PhD is a big time committment. If you want to go for PhD only for money/job placement reason, then you will suffer for the next 4~6 years to an extent that I'd bet you'd quit in the middle of it....
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    Ethical dilemma--omitting undesirable transcript from incomplete school

    It sounds like this "KROLL" company only verifies what is on the application, but can not verify what is NOT on the application....
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    Ethical dilemma--omitting undesirable transcript from incomplete school

    What type of "verification" could they have done? They can not possibly check with every single school in the United States to see if an applicant had gone to a school but that school isn't listed in the application? They have hundred of applicants, and I don't think it's efficient to do this...
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    Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

    agree with you on this.... you'd find many great students coming from working class families in Ivy schools. this is why they have need-based financial aid programs + need blind admission policy. I dont know how you define "average people". I mean, if your intellectual side is average...
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    Can a GRE taker answer questions incorrectly and still get 800Q ?

    Yes. But not after they start using the new format. THe current format does not allow you to go back to change answers, but the new format allows you to go back to change answers.... this means that current format can adjust difficulty as you take the exam thus allowing you to have 1 or 2 wrong...
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    Difference between USC MS Financial Engineering and USC MS Mathematical Finance

    Don't waste any money on any U$C classes. As Andy points out, their "requirements" are not really "requirements." You basically just pay to get into SUC. Try UCLA instead. They are in same city, but UCLA's program is for real, and has tougher standard.
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    Right, if those community college courses are substandard, why do you think well-known university system like University of California accepts transfer credits from community college? (some classes can not be transferred, but most can.) But I do agree that number of students in community...
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    Yep. Totally agree. If you can't get into real 4-year university, community college would be a good investment to at least get a start, and then perhaps get good grades and then trasnfer to 4-year state school after 2 years (and you still get the same diploma and degree as those who start...
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    For profit universities are not necessarily online universities. They are different.
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    How does pay-to-play system work? sounds like corruption to me. Also, if these college-students-wannabes are smart, there would've been zero demand on these for-profit colleges, and these scams would've gone away. In the end, it goes back to the stupid choices of these college applicants...
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    absolutely disgusting... absolutely sickening that those "CEOs" make that much money by preying on students with college dream. why would government allow these for-profit "companies" exist in the beginning anyways? does our government realize that the tax payers dollars go into their "CEOs"...
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    OR Phd pursuing Columbia CVN OR-Methods in Finance?

    it does sound a little weird that you go for a MS in OR after a phd in IEOR.... CVN's classes are the same as on-campus class because you'll do the same homework, take the same midterm/final. So there is nothing "stupid" about taking classes through CVN. But the video is not streamed over the...
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    I don't know how much a school like UofP charges for tuition, but... I'd rather spend my money on community college than a "for-profit" university like UofP.
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    Crackdown on Online Universities

    Are the degrees from the "for-profit" universities like UofP really useful? I mean, their selectivity is ZERO, and admit rate is 100%, right? Would you interview someone who got degrees from "for-profit" universities over someone who got degree from real school that requires great academic...
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    UCB MFE Berkeley MFE interview with alumni

    Are you an Arizona Wildcat?
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    Risk Latte's Certificate in Financial Engineering (CFE)

    I personally believe anything other than an actual degree is not useful. I don't think a certiciate is going to help that much... and I don't know how you can learn programming in an 8-hour seminar.
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    alternative offers

    Yep. It does happen... just check admission result pages, quite a few MSFE ppl got OR offers. But this is not automatic, you still have to have good enough grades/test scores/rec letters/etc....
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    I am not sure if I would have any energy left for a beer party after a 12-hr work day... LOL.
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    What would they (wall street firms) consider "doing well at a quant masters program at Columbia"? Do they use GPA as measuring tool? I am currently having 4.0 after 4 classes at Columbia MSOR, but I don't expect to have 4.0 after I am done with the 10 required classes (but I'll study hard to...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    where did you get the MSOR student list? I think IEOR hasn't updated their official student list on their official website for quite a long time. Also, are you saying even the top well-known financial firms in the Wall Street don't care which program and which school you got your degree from...
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    USC Mathematical finance

    Don't waste your money on U$C. If they try to hide their data, then it's more likely they don't have good placement rate.
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    COMPARE USC MSMF vs UCLA MFE

    Of course. It'll help you more.
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    COMPARE USC MSMF vs UCLA MFE

    UCLA > U$C in everything. And yes, no school is going to "get" you a job.
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    the new Wall Street movie.

    I am just wondering how much of the stuff in the new Wall Street movie is the actual reality about everyday life of a Wall Street firm employee?
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    Duke University Master's in Engineering Management

    If you want to be a quant, I don't think Dook's MEM program will help much... just take a look at its curriculum... not much quantitative finance element in it.
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    Best MFin programs!

    SUNY-Buffalo....? if you compare two resume side by side, one with SUNY-Buffalo, one with something like,... UC Berkeley or UCLA or Columbia or Cornell... assuming other parts of resumes are mostly similar, who would you interview?
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    Why Colleges are So Selective?

    Unfortunately, supply will remain similar, while demand will never go down (at least not in the next 20 years).
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    new Masters program at Columbia IEOR Dept?

    Anyone heard of this program before? It's called M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a degree program in collaboration from both IEOR Dept and Business School. You take required classes from both IEOR and Business school. I think this program is new, as I did not see this on IEOR...
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    Princeton MFin versus CMU MSCF

    Most of UCLA engineering programs are among Top 15.
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    Why Colleges are So Selective?

    Increasing population.... People are having so many kids these days. This drives up number of applications every year, and thus drives down the acceptance rate for colleges.
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    GRE/MFE help required

    Which school/program did you apply to?
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Princeton's program seems to be the most sought after (most applied), but they are also the most selective (lowest acceptance rate).
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    Columbia MFE Columbia FE vs Combined 4-2

    I am pretty sure Stats and Math are completely separate departments at Columbia. MAFN is offered by Math Dept, but MS Stat is offered by the separate Statistics Department.
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    15 Reasons Your MFE Application Was Denied

    What school did she apply to? Did you pick a random photo or you actually know the girl?
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    Cornell FE Cornell M.FinEng

    What about your NYU and Baruch transcript? What if the employers ask for an official transcript from NYU or Baruch for verification purpose, and find the the degree designations listed on the official transcript and your resume don't match? (I do know that some schools put major on diploma...
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    Cornell FE Cornell M.FinEng

    Would that be considered "lying on your resume" though? Because your diploma and transcript both say your M. Eng degree is "ORIE" major. Your diploma and transcript will not mention anything about FE concentration. Cornell does not "techinically" offer M. Eng in FE. This would be like going...
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    importance of recommendation letters

    Who's willing to pay $600 for an essay? (If you are required to submit 2 essays in your app, then that's $1200).
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    Cornell FE Cornell M.FinEng

    I understand the content may be different depending on how MSOR students select electives, and I know Cornell's students spend 3 semesters. But for an employers who are scanning resumes, do you think which would be more appealing, a M. Eng degree in ORIE with concentration in FE or a MS...
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    importance of recommendation letters

    How would the adcom ppl tell if the essays and letters were written by admissions consultants? I mean, an experienced admissions consultant would make sure that everything in the letters and essays is matched to applicant's background and history, right?
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    Cornell MPS Statistics

    I think a M. Eng degree from ORIE is better for employment in your desired field.. A Master of Professional Studies degree sounds like a degree from extension school.
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    Cornell FE Cornell M.FinEng

    I don't understand why Cornell doesn't confer straight FE degree (such as Master of Engineering, Financial Engineering) like Columbia (Master of Science, Financial Engineering)? Cornell instead confers a Master of Engineering, ORIE degree, with certificate in Financial Engineering. IMO, this is...
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    importance of recommendation letters

    Yes. A lot of foreign applicants write their own letters and let advisors sign them. These letters are considered useless, unless whoever signs the letter is well known internationally. http://prisms.cs.umass.edu/mcorner/cs-admissions
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    UCB MFE UCB MFE numbers for 2010 - Fake and Unethical?

    Thanks.. I skipped post #23.
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    UCB MFE UCB MFE numbers for 2010 - Fake and Unethical?

    that's not the answer to Alain's question. TraderJoe is not afraid of calling someone idiot, but is afraid of showing where he got PhD and MFE? LOL.
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    UCB MFE UCB MFE numbers for 2010 - Fake and Unethical?

    So you get A+ easily at Cal? I am surprised that half of classes can get easy A+. I know some professors curve really generously (at many top schools), but that generosity usually borders at B+ to A-. You still have to work hard to earn an A+ at most schools. ---------- Post added at 12:28...
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    Columbia and NYU arms race

    NYU has a campus? ---------- Post added at 06:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:17 PM ---------- I went to ucla too!
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Do you know roughly how many of the 1000 MSOR applicants are accepted? And what are their test scores, GPA, ...etc.?
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    Recommendation letters from professors.

    You can definitely collect the letters from your recommenders and mail the letters along with the rest of application material to the schools by yourself. (Some schools prefer this way if this is not done online.) If the schools or the professors are worried about you taking a peak at the...
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Sorry, I just saw the "Financial and Managerial Applications Concentration" on IEOR website. So you don't have to ask them about it.
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    For-Profit Colleges Mislead Students, Report Finds

    Then why do private schools like Ivy League schools or Stanford charge such high tuition if they are "non-profit"? I mean, if a private school charges $4K for a class, then I am sure somebody from that school makes profit from that $4K of tuition.
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    For-Profit Colleges Mislead Students, Report Finds

    How does this "for-profit" college system work? What is this profit and where does it go to? I mean, employees at the "non-profit" schools still make reasonble salaries.
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Can you ask them about the admission statistics of the MSOR programs? I've heard it is easy to get into Columbia's MSOR program in comparison to other top programs like Cornell, MIT,.. etc. I am interested in the exact statistics to be convinced that this rumor about the Columbia MSOR admission...
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    A verbal score of 300 isn't going to get you into any decent schools. It doesn't matter what score you got for quant or writing sections. Verbal isn't as important as quant, but you have to get it closer to 500.
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    Masters in Finance Blog

    That wsj article is interesting!
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Interesting. Because so many people have talked about how they applied for FE, but were recommended for OR, I was expecting something much higher than 20-30. Since there are about 80 MSFE students in IEOR dept, do you know how many MSOR students are in IEOR? Also MSEMS, MSIE?
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    I wonder how many of the 597 rejected applicants ended up in MSOR program. Isn't Columbia known to squeeze MSFE rejects to MSOR? Do you also have MSOR stats?
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    MFE without GRE

    Their GRE requirement can only be waived if you receive BS degree before 2007.
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    MFE without GRE

    Almost ALL top MFE programs require GRE. Because there are so many applicants to their programs, they need GRE to help them filter out unqualified applicants.
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    MFE and Actuarial test

    you have ZERO chance of getting into any decent MFE programs with 2.54 GPA. Most programs impose minimum GPA requirement at 3.00.
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    Sharing admission essays

    Can admissions consultants take GRE or GMAT for you?
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    Operations Research students and Quant jobs.

    Is it true that only FE students go into Quant job industry (or related job, such as i-banking)? How common is it that OR students get quant job (or related) offers? What is the ratio of FE and OR students in quant or ibanking industry?
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    My Next steps...

    Engineering, computer science are not easy major.... they are just as hard as MFE. I was misunderstanding that he meant a technical degree...
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    My Next steps...

    Can you give a few examples on "technical major"? I don't understand what a "technical major" is....
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    GRE revised General Test - August 2011

    They have sample questions in their websites. And if you took GRE in last year, you actually will be asked to write an experimental section consisting of questions in new format. There would be no penalty if you get them wrong or leave them blank for the experimental questions. I took a GRE exam...
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    GRE revised General Test - August 2011

    I think it's funny that ETS revises GRE actually to make it harder for test takers. It's just my opinion, but I feel current test format is actually easier than their revised format.
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    Acceptance Rates for MFE programs

    Cal has surprisingly high admit rate this year...
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    UCB MFE Received E-Mail from Berkeley

    it depends on your school,.. i know Columbia's diploma does not mention your major, but my other master and my bachelor diplomas from a west coast school ranked top 25 do mention the major.... and i am positive that Cal's diploma also does show major.... but transcript will say it regardless...
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    UCB MFE Received E-Mail from Berkeley

    not trying to nit-pick, but if your diploma and transcript designation don't say MFE, then you can't put MFE on your resume... you probably have to put MEng. ORIE with concentration on FE on your resume, which doesn't look as good as straight MFE like Cal .... (or MSFE like Columbia)...
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    UCB MFE Received E-Mail from Berkeley

    Cornell has "MFE" program? I think Cornell's FE program is just a concentration in OR? I mean, your diploma and transcript will say "Master of Engineering, Operations Research and Information Engineering", right? (with no mention of FE)
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    UCB MFE Received E-Mail from Berkeley

    If your GPA is 2.75, you have just about 1% chance of getting into Cal.... That 1% depends on the rest of your application, which has to be REALLY REALLY REALLY strong.
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    There was a guy called financeguy in this forum, who claimed that, as MSOR, you can have very similar program of study as MSFE with the only difference being the designation on your transcript. You basically get flexbility in course selection in exchange for the designation on transcript.
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    So you applied to MSFE, and then were recommended for MSOR admission.... ?
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    Were you applying for PhD, and then were recommended for MSOR?
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    Those are the types of question that I'd least expect from an interview to go to a grad school. I'd expect more of questions like "Why do you think we should accept you?"... = buyer's market indeed.
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    What are some examples of the "good" and "bad" things ? I can't really get a sense of why they are doing these in the same year. It's definitely weird that they did these new and unprecedented things to MS applicants ... in the same year! I doubt they interviewed a lot of MS applicants...
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    Check FFSEAS's website.... and go to their grad admission page, and you'll see the annoucement.
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    Do you also know that Columbia has extended their MS application deadline to April 15 (for all MS programs in SEAS)... ? Maybe this is why they have the time to interview master applicants?
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    Columbia MSOR Columbia MSOR interviews

    Very rarely, master programs interview applicants during application process .... Normally, only PhD applicants are required for interview.
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    Would I have a chance at a top school?

    What exactly is a "mediocre state school"??
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Hi FinanceGuy. What do you mean when you said if a good amount of undergrad take a class, that would make the competition less intense? Do the professors grade undergrad students easier (i.e. with more mercy)? Also, what do you know about Professor Guillermo Gallego? He has been...
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    How much does GPA matter in MFE admissions

    Well, from article, we can only say that Princeton does not inflate their students' GPA. However, we can not conclude anything from the other 7 Ivies.
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    How much does GPA matter in MFE admissions

    Just curious, what Ivy schools are known to have inflated GPA? I live in West Coast, so I don't hear much about the reputation regarding inflated GPA from Ivy League.
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    MS-OR at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

    Has anyone heard of anything about this program? I am under the impression that UNC-Chapel Hill's Operations Research program is a great program in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research which admits very few people. But I have rarely heard anyone talking about it.... anyone has...
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    Columbia MFE Columbia FE Class Size/Admission Rate

    Are they selective on Columbia's undergrad? I mean, if someone who went to Columbia undergrad, but only had average GPA like 3.2, do they still admit him... ? I find it strange that Columbia would take just about "EVERYONE" from their undergrad program....
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    Some schools have stopped mailing out official acceptance letters.

    I am all for going green. So I am all for applying online instead of paper application, and sending just email notification to rejected applicants. But if I am admitted, I'd expect to see some sort of official letter (not necessarily big packet) with official seal from the school.
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    Police with beanbag guns at UCLA fee hike protest

    can't blame the students there. I went to UCLA as undegrad, and the tuition back then when I was freshman was about $2000 per quarter (about $6000 for year). Now they more than double the tuition. I'd be pissed too if I were still student there.
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    Some schools have stopped mailing out official acceptance letters.

    Instead, they send official notification to applicants (accepted or rejected) via emails only. I think it's kind of cheap part of the schools to send out notification to accepted applicants via email only because the application fee is expensive (about $70), and they refuse to send first class...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    Sorry mate, I am gonna have to say FE is actually evolved from OR, which is a much broader subject. Check out 5th paragraph. http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2003/09/23/8578/
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    Columbia MSOR Operations Research at Columbia University/Financial Engineering at Ann Arbor (Michigan)

    I understand you can take many of the FE courses if you are MSOR. But when the employers are scanning the resumes, they wouldn't be able to tell what kind of courses you took as MSOR. They only see MSOR on your resume, and thus you won't get priority over the guys who have MSFE on their resumes.
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Can you also comment on the difficulty and the contents of this class: IEOR 4000 - Production and Operations Management... ?
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    What is the typical education of a quant?

    Would people with Operations Research degree (MS or PhD) be able to work as quant?
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    I am thinking about switching from MS-EMS to MS-OR for Columbia cuz OR seems to be a more mainstream program.....
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    On Line Courses on Financial Engineering

    In case you didn't know, CVN students and on-campus students pay exactly the same tuition ($1310 per unit). The difference is that CVN students pay CVN fee (about $350, but $350 is marginal comparing to the $3930 per 3-unit course tuition) while on-campus students don't. On the other hand...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Hey Financeguy. Have you heard of EMS getting nicknames like "Emergency Major Switch" or "Engineerng Made Simple"??
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    I checked IEOR website... how come there are only 50 EMS students while there are 200 OR students... (along with 70 FE students and 20 IE students) in IEOR department?
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Since I have engineering background, I think i'll stick with EMS. But hey, these are the courses I plan to take for MSEMS. Based on your experience, can you list the difficulty of them from hardest to easiest so i can plan my study accordingly (i.e. take easier class during the busiest time...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    But since you are in IEOR dept yourself, can you let me know the reputation / prestige between OR and EMS within the dept and SEAS? Which one is generally considered harder field? Because I know you can take SEIO 4150 to count toward OR degree, but you can NOT take 4150 to count toward EMS...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    seems like majority thinks OR degree is better than EMS degree... but why is OR a more prestigious degree than EMS?
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    To make this clear... CVN courses are the same as on-campus course. All CVN does is to record the lectures taught by the professor and put the video online for download. If you go watch the preview (free of charge) on CVN website, you can see it is actual lecture setting, and there are on-campus...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    So in your mind, Columbia OR is better than GA Tech OR? And you'd pick Columbia over GA Tech for MSOR... And just like you, I have no idea why US News has no ranking OR, since it's also a popular field of study. Also, regarding the debate of "prestige" of CVN... if you are not sure why...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    I am from West Coast, I am currently working as a computer engineer for a company in West Coast and I don't have immediate plan working in NYC or Southeast in the future. I probably will stick with computer-related career, but having a master degree in Engineering Management / OR can help me...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Are you telling me a Columbia degree from someone taking classes via CVN is not "real"??? Tell me, how is the degree "not real"... ? Sure, if everything else is equal, I'd also give the preference to someone who attends the class in person because of the possible more interaction with...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Why is doing CVN less prestigious than taking class in person on campus? After all, you are taking the same classes and exams as on-campus students, and you can walk with other students at the graduation ceremony just like a regular student. The degree designation is the same on trancript...
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Both Columbia and Georgia Tech have distance learning options for the degrees I am admitted.... Should I go for the name or the ranking?
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    help decide.. MS-Operations Research at GA Tech or MS-EMS at Columbia?

    Hi guys. I have received admissions offers from Georgia Tech (MS - Operations Research) and Columbia (MS - Engineering Management Systems, which is similar to OR). I don't know which one to choose. I am still waiting on the decisions from other schools, although I don't think the chances are...
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