#### JamesLeahy

##### New Member

Here is my profile, so you can get a picture:

As an undergraduate I was a Math and Chemistry B.A. I was planning on attending medical school, so I took the MCAT, published some papers in chemistry and applied to a MPH program in Epidemiology at Columbia University. In the epidemiology program at Columbia I have taken Applied Regression, Categorical Regression and 3 classes in Study Design and SAS. Epidemiology is concerned with study design and data analysis, all in relation to the Biological Field. I am currently writing a thesis using Survival Analysis. Since January I have worked at Cantor Fitzgerald life markets, secondary trading of life insurance policies, as an Actuary/Programmer. I have worked part time while taking classes at Columbia. Since I have completed all of my coursework for the Epidemiology masters in one year, I asked the Public Health school to take some math classes, namely Topology, Real Analysis, Number Theory and Partial differential Equations at Columbia to prepare myself for math graduate school. I had not taken these classes as an undergraduate. Also, over last summer I took Time Series Analysis and ODE, and finished my last class for my masters degree. I have been accepted into a Masters Program at McGill University in Mathematics, full scholarship for January 2008.

SUNY Binghamton

Math BA. Chem BA.

Columbia University

Masters of Public Health

Epidemiology

McGill University

Masters in Mathematics

Starting January 2008

I should be 24 at the end of the degree, roughly May 2009. Possibly one more term..that is ending in December 2009.

Now, here is the question. After McGill, there are three options:

1) Earn Degree at McGill and apply to wall street firms for quant jobs

Pros: Start making money, pay off some loans, have money while I am young

Cons-I will hit a barrier, or worse I will not get a job. Also, I will end up coding some ph.d's models.

2) Earn Degree at McGill and stay there for PH.D(which is probably what they want me to do because they are funding me for a masters.) Graduate when I am 27.

Pros: will have my ph.d and will be only 27 when I graduate.

Cons: Montreal is Cold and is not strong in Mathematical Finance.

3) Earn Degree at McGill and apply to a PH.D elsewhere(Caltech, Berkley, NYU, etc.)

Pros: A PHD program for a good school known in math finance will make getting a job easier.

CONS: I will probably loose some classes from my first masters in the transfer...so I will probably not graduate until I am 29.

My feelings:

-I absolutely love mathematics and would love nothing more then to learn more of it and stay in academia, but I would also like to have a more comfortable life(some money).

-After making money, I would like to go back into academia or even better teach classes and do research while working for a finance firm.

-I am not 100% sure that I will not change my mind and want to stay in academia.

I know this is a lot of information, but maybe someone will read it. Please let me know what you think? I am sure there are things I do not know. Please inform me of them, so I can make a good decision. Thank You