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nostalgiuz

New Member
Hi

Hi all

My name is Ravinder and i am Engineer from India planning to apply for Fall 07 Ms in FE.
I was impressed with the info about Baruch on Global derivatives and hence decided to find out more.
hope u guys can answer a few questions :D
 

DominiConnor

Quant Headhunter
DCFC The Pimp

I'm Dominic Connor, a headhunter in global financial markets, specialising in quants. Or "pimp" as I am generally called.
Some of you may know me as DCFC from www.wilmott.com

One thing Paul Wilmott & I have put together is a guide to getting a job in quantitative finance, which is now over 80 pages.
So if anyone wants a copy drop me your CV at Dominic@PaulDominic.com
 

abhinavsharma

New Member
it is quite heartening to note that baruch students are so active in helping out those who are planning to give it a try. even on global-derivatives i came across baraider (dunno the actual name) who has been clearing doubts with increasing regularity.
this is a change from other univs which prefer an official from the admission office replying to queries. there is no information better than from someone who is already going through the grind!
 

Andy Nguyen

Member
Yes, we are proud of being a close-knit community, helping each other and being actively involved in all facets of the program. The members you see on Global derivatives are current, alumni students. That just shows you how much each student cares about the program. Here, we refer to everyone by their first names and think of us as a big family - the Baruch's MFE family.
So welcome again. :)
 

Antonio

New Member
My name is Antonio.

I am currently a Junior Math major at Albany State University (small school in Albany, GA)

I have a lot of intereste in Financial Engineering and since this is the first online college forum i have come across, i decided to join.

I see that most of the students doing graduate studies have had some form of work experience or are from prestigious colleges.

At the moment i have a 4.0 G.P.A. and I am going in my major classes - but i don't think the professors are making the courses challenging so that i will be prepared for grad school.

If anyone can point out some tips for applying to Baruch, or any suggestions pertaining to books that i could read and do extra problems in order to be fully prepared - i would really appreciate it.

BTW - Does Baruch have scholarships for International Students ( I am Jamaican).

Hope my first post wasn't too long.

Thanks for reading.
 

Andy Nguyen

Member
Antonio said:
My name is Antonio.
I am currently a Junior Math major at Albany State University (small school in Albany, GA)
I have a lot of intereste in Financial Engineering and since this is the first online college forum i have come across, i decided to join.
As far as I know, Baruch is the only MFE program that has a student forum. Quantnet will reach its 3rd anniversary next month.
Antonio said:
If anyone can point out some tips for applying to Baruch, or any suggestions pertaining to books that i could read and do extra problems in order to be fully prepared - i would really appreciate it.
All the tips are here, on Quantnet forum. Take time to read the Prerequisite forum. We took 4 courses during the summer and those prepared us well. Read John Hull. Get all the books we use for the Fall 2006 semester. Take as much C++ as you can.
Antonio said:
Does Baruch have scholarships for International Students ( I am Jamaican).
Not that I know of. Baruch is a public school. MFE is a master program. Those two factors are not made to give lot of scholarships. Do look at the Baruch website from time to time since they may have new scholarships available.
You are junior so you still have time to pick the courses pertaining to your career path. Goodluck.
 

Antonio

New Member
Wow. Thanks for the prompt reply.

Unfortunately - the programming classes at my institution are done with java.

I doubt they still do C++.
 

Andy Nguyen

Member
Antonio said:
Unfortunately - the programming classes at my institution are done with java.
I doubt they still do C++.
That does not stop you from doing something about it. Take class at another school, buy books and learn it, intern for free during summer to learn C++,etc.
If you manage to get in Baruch, you will be playing catch up because every assignment is done in C++. If you manage to survive the course and graduate, you will be at a disadvantage when you compete with other MFE graduates with stronger C++ skills. And if you manage to get a job on Wall Street, you will end up in backoffice. As you can see, I'm a big proponent for more C++ skills. I believe it will give me more of a chance to compete.

Time is on your side and with the info you are given here, there is no excuse if you come unprepared. Remember, you will compete with Math PhD, professional programmer, people working on Wall street when it comes time to apply to Baruch next year. With all the good jobs we are doing at Baruch, I'm confident that it's only getting harder to get into Baruch's MFE program in the foreseable future.

If you are serious enough about going into MFE and applying to Baruch, do not hestitate to come back and ask questions. We prefer students who take time to learn and prepare for the program than those just wake up one day and decides to apply.

Regards,
Andy
 

Antonio

New Member
Thank you very much for all the information you have posted.

I do intend to do some C++ classes the folowwing semesters.

I can see that the program is competitive and this is what even gives me more drive to get everything in order.

I will be getting some C++ books as well as other wriiten materials that you have suggested.

Unfortunately, I won't be as active on the forums as some of the other members given my limited knowledge on the subject, but i will try and contribute in any way i can, while learning from the best here.

Thanks for your time.
 

EliasL

New Member
intro

Hey all, brief intro...

Was in the Baruch program but for a second -- unfortunately, work and family has me tied down and unable to commit to the program's demands. Still, I've been continuously studying math/quantitative finance on my own for several years now, and continue to follow what's going on in the field... it's in my blood. ;)

Wish I could be there with you guys!


--eli
 

Peik Looi

Active Member
Hello Elias,

Wish you were here with us too!
 

Bridgett

Well-Known Member
Elias,

I am impressed with your persistency. Keep up the good work. We sometimes just have to remind us that life offers both opportunities and trials.

Best wishes,

Bridgett
 

daveL

New Member
hi all

hey everyone,

I am a prospective student for Fall 07.

I am currently working on the MS in applied math (former PhD student, that looked ahead a few years and realized 5-6 years of school isn't for me).

I am very passionate about finance, and am studying for the CFA Level I to be taken in December. I also enjoy programming and algorithms, which is why I think Quant Finance is the perfect fit.
 
Greetings

Hi everybody,
I'm David. I'm in the MBA Program at Baruch and taking the market and credit risk management class. I'm looking to build my math and programming abilities to get on a good career track in risk management.
See you around.
 

dovidong

New Member
It's so glad to meet you all at Baruch

Hi guys and girls,
It's so glad to meet you all at Baruch. I'm Wei Dong. Now I'm a Physics Ph.D. candidate student at CUNY Graduate Center. This semester I have taken 9814 and 9831, Hopefully I can know more about you.
 

nonoah

Member
say Hi,

hi, I am noah, merely another carbon based being, happen to graduated from this progarm, MS in mathematics for finance. (I think I like the old title of the program better.)

cheers all,


Noah
 

VIJAI RAJ

New Member
A new member

hi everybody,
iam Vijai from india done my bachelors in Marine engineering by mistake and now
looking to pursue a career in finance related jobs.So joined this group to get some
valuable information related to finance.
Thanks a lot,
Vijai
 
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