MFE after CA

Mehul Soni

New Member
Hello everyone..
I am currently a B. Com graduate from Mumbai University in India and pursuing Chartered Accountancy course. I wish to go for Masters in Financial Engineering after completing my CA. Is it a correct decision because i have been specializing in accounting and have very little knowledge about Programming and Quant..? However if required, i can work on the same. What will be the career opportunities for me if i go ahead with this decision..??
 

Mehul Soni

New Member
Hello bigbadwolf...
Thank you for your reply but can u please elaborate a little as to what are the options available for me otherwise..?
 

bigbadwolf

Well-Known Member
Become a CA. The skill set and mind set of a CA is very different from that of a quant. If you had gone to IIT and earnt a master's in math, physics, or even engineering, it would be a different story.
 

Mehul Soni

New Member
So is it that i am not eligible to do it..?? Or is it that it would be too difficult for me to do..??
 

mhy

Active Member
So is it that i am not eligible to do it..?? Or is it that it would be too difficult for me to do..??
Your current skillset likely does not match what MFE programs are looking for and the accounting course will not help. Maybe if you list what classes you took in undergrad, we can give you better advice.
 

Daniel Duffy

C++ author, trainer
So is it that i am not eligible to do it..?? Or is it that it would be too difficult for me to do..??
To answer the 2nd question: I think it is too 'difficult' in that sense, almost surely.

Discipline A does not transfer to discipline B. There is not enough overlap.
 

Mehul Soni

New Member
Your current skillset likely does not match what MFE programs are looking for and the accounting course will not help. Maybe if you list what classes you took in undergrad, we can give you better advice.
I had an IT subject in my Bcom wherein i gained the basic knowledge of C Programming, SQL, etc. Scored 96% in Maths in HSC and that was it. The basic subjects had always been economics and accounts and if eligible i am ready to work hard for Financial Engineering because Maths and Technology have always been the subjects i was interested in. However, was forced into CA due to some personal/family issues. But having completed almost whole of CA with just finals left, i dont want to leave it behind totally. I wish to carry the knowledge and degree further into the career of Financial Engg.
 

bigbadwolf

Well-Known Member
I had an IT subject in my Bcom wherein i gained the basic knowledge of C Programming, SQL, etc. Scored 96% in Maths in HSC and that was it. The basic subjects had always been economics and accounts and if eligible i am ready to work hard for Financial Engineering because Maths and Technology have always been the subjects i was interested in. However, was forced into CA due to some personal/family issues. But having completed almost whole of CA with just finals left, i dont want to leave it behind totally. I wish to carry the knowledge and degree further into the career of Financial Engg.
This background is a joke. It's a bridge too far. There have been numerous posts over the years on this forum from posters claiming that while their background is squat they have "always" been interested in math/comp sci/fin engg and by sheer dint of will, perseverance, and hard work, they intend to make the switch. If you truly were committed you wouldn't have this background. The only constructive advice at this stage is pick up the calc, linear algebra, and diff eq books and slowly and carefully acquire a background. Get credentials as well, as that's what the schools will be looking for. My hunch is that after asking this frivolous question you will disappear into the ether like all the previous posters who were so ostensibly full of enthusiasm and determination (but precious little else).
 

Mehul Soni

New Member
This background is a joke. It's a bridge too far. There have been numerous posts over the years on this forum from posters claiming that while their background is squat they have "always" been interested in math/comp sci/fin engg and by sheer dint of will, perseverance, and hard work, they intend to make the switch. If you truly were committed you wouldn't have this background. The only constructive advice at this stage is pick up the calc, linear algebra, and diff eq books and slowly and carefully acquire a background. Get credentials as well, as that's what the schools will be looking for. My hunch is that after asking this frivolous question you will disappear into the ether like all the previous posters who were so ostensibly full of enthusiasm and determination (but precious little else).
Thank you sir... For your valuable advice... :)
 

kamikade

Member
I asked this question before but did not receive an answer. However, I'll just throw it there and you may want to try it. The University of London International Programme offers BSc degree in Math and Econ (Mathematics and Economics (BSc) | University of London International Programmes). I learned about that program when I was looking at several MFE/Mfin resume book and I saw a couple of them had that degree. Keep in mind though, those people were studying at pretty decent schools in non-English speaking countries, and they took that UoL International Programme degree simultaneously. I don't know how much weight that degree carries but I don't think it hurts to try unless you are financially constrained.
 
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