Hi

@Barcelona
Thank you for your question!

At the time the reviews you mentioned were written, some of our senior faculty had just retired and the program’s executive director at the time was transitioning out. Perhaps more importantly, the pandemic had just triggered a sudden transition to online learning, and that may have impacted some students’ perceptions of the curriculum’s rigor as both students and faculty adjusted to an unfamiliar learning environment.

A lot has evolved since then and that should be apparent from the more recent reviews.

As you mentioned, Econometrics is now being taught by a new faculty member, who has brought a renewed passion to the course along with a better balance of rigor vs. applications. That’s followed by the Empirical Methods/Time Series taught by Prof. Lars Lochstoer, whose teaching style and rigor are mentioned in a number of the reviews.

The most rigorous sequence of courses is probably Stochastic Calculus (taught by Prof. Panageas), then Derivatives (now taught by the new faculty director, Prof. Reiner, who previously taught the subject at Berkeley for nearly a decade and was a managing director heading quant teams on Wall Street for two decades before that) along with Fixed Income (taught by Prof. Longstaff), then Computational Methods (taught by Prof. Goukasian). Most current students would probably say that Derivatives has become the most rigorous and challenging course in the curriculum. The other courses in this sequence are also mentioned in many of the reviews here on QuantNet.

At this point, most courses emphasize

Python and a 20-hour

Python programming course that takes students as far as some of the more important ML and numerical packages is now offered as part of the pre-program coursework in August. A few, typically time-series heavy, courses make use of r and an r boot camp is offered during the first quarter of the program.

C++ is encouraged (but not required) in the more computation-heavy courses (Derivatives, Computational Methods).

Our faculty director continues to look for ways to strengthen, evolve, and enhance the curriculum.

I’m guessing that few (if any) current students would complain that the curriculum lacks rigor or is boring or repetitive. The more recent reviews would seem to support my opinion.

Hope this information helps!