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CMU MSCF Do I stand a chance at CMU MSCF?

Hi guys -

I'm new to this forum and I haven't really learnt much about the average profiles needed to get into different MFE programs ( and hope I can find past-year advices here in the forum). Wondering if I can get some help from you to see if I should proceed with the application or wait for a year to improve my profile first.

Education: I graduated from a top university in Singapore 4 years ago with a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering (GPA 3.7/4.0) and I'm currently doing a part time master in statistics at the same school. Unfortunately I can't graduate by July 2021 so I'll have to drop it by then. Certified FRM. Passed CFA Level III.

Working: Currently a desk-aligned quantitative developer at a top investment bank working on linear rates pricing tool and risk management models/frameworks. Was a software developer in non-market department for 2 years prior to that.

Application package: GRE Q169 V164 W5.0. A strong recommendation letter from QR, a weak one from ex-manager and another weak one from an I-couldnt-remember-who-you-are professor. Probably can meet basic course requirements (very basic math+programming from bachelor degree and some not-so-bad stats graduate-level courses I'm currently doing).

Besides, I don't know if I should apply for schools like CMU / UCB / Baruch / MIT only or I should try Princeton and Stanford? I heard they have a way stricter selection process and it might not be worthy for me to spend time & effort on their applications if I do not stand a chance at all...

Many thanks!
 
Hi guys -

I'm new to this forum and I haven't really learnt much about the average profiles needed to get into different MFE programs ( and hope I can find past-year advices here in the forum). Wondering if I can get some help from you to see if I should proceed with the application or wait for a year to improve my profile first.

Education: I graduated from a top university in Singapore 4 years ago with a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering (GPA 3.7/4.0) and I'm currently doing a part time master in statistics at the same school. Unfortunately I can't graduate by July 2021 so I'll have to drop it by then. Certified FRM. Passed CFA Level III.

Working: Currently a desk-aligned quantitative developer at a top investment bank working on linear rates pricing tool and risk management models/frameworks. Was a software developer in non-market department for 2 years prior to that.

Application package: GRE Q169 V164 W5.0. A strong recommendation letter from QR, a weak one from ex-manager and another weak one from an I-couldnt-remember-who-you-are professor. Probably can meet basic course requirements (very basic math+programming from bachelor degree and some not-so-bad stats graduate-level courses I'm currently doing).

Besides, I don't know if I should apply for schools like CMU / UCB / Baruch / MIT only or I should try Princeton and Stanford? I heard they have a way stricter selection process and it might not be worthy for me to spend time & effort on their applications if I do not stand a chance at all...

Many thanks!
NUS CEG Fellow here 🙋‍♂️
 
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