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Help! 2020 Ivy UG, Sanity Check on 2021 MFE?

Background:
Primarily finance. I have a weak math background (Calculus I) and limited programming experience (some Python, VBA, and SQL). My UG performance (3.5 cumulative, 3.7 major) shows significant improvement with time. I have been conducting research under one of my professors since graduating.

Prep Plan:
Taking courses through the University of California system to meet the prerequisite requirements for a variety of MFE programs and applying for Fall 2021. I would prepare for and take the GRE ASAP. A potential schedule would look something like this:

Fall: Linear Algebra, Calc II for Engineers, Java I
Winter: Calc & Analytic Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Calc-Based Probability and Statistics, Java II
Spring: Basic Data Structures & Object-Oriented Design, Intro to Probability, Intro to Differential Equations, Vector Calc

Questions:
Does anyone know if these courses, which would be through the continuing education initiative on different UC campuses and not part of a degree program, would be looked upon poorly? Would I be considered for contingent admission if many prerequisite courses are in progress when I submit my application? Does anyone have alternative suggestions for meeting the prerequisite requirements?

Essentially, am I potentially a competitive candidate? I would really like to do this, but I do not want to go on a wild goose chase.
 
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Onegin

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C++
Questions:
Does anyone know if these courses, which would be through the continuing education initiative on different UC campuses and not part of a degree program, would be looked upon poorly?
No, provided you received letter grades from an accredited university. I did the same thing, and was admitted to 3 top programs.
Would I be considered for contingent admission if many prerequisite courses are in progress when I submit my application?
Maybe check w some of the programs? I applied to several schools while my pre-req work was in progress. Some were willing to take a risk and admit me before I had grades, others ***cough***CMU***cough*** were not.

Does anyone have alternative suggestions for meeting the prerequisite requirements?
Sounds like you have it down. I would add summer classes as well to the mix. Consider the C++ program online here instead of the university ones - it's more practical. With your extra time, load up on mathematical statistics, linear algebra, analysis. I wish I would have done analysis, I struggle through a lot of the proof stuff right now.
Essentially, am I potentially a competitive candidate? I would really like to do this, but I do not want to go on a wild goose chase.
No one can promise you a positive outcome, and it's a hard and shitty thing to try to switch careers. The only justification I can tell is to have a deep intrinsic motivation and aptitude for the problems in quant finance. The competition is fierce, and the industry is changing rapidly.
 

YankeesR

Active Member
C++
Yeah no problem. What was a question you had, anything in particular? Maybe it was something that was brought up in the meeting. If not, I can go over some of the common questions that we're asked.
 
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