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Quant Finance Master Question

Hi Everyone,

I am new here and wanted to get your thoughts on a career plan I've thinking of.

I have about 7 years of experience in global macro research (5 year sell side, 2 year buy side long only top asset manager). My goal is to work for a macro hedge fund. The issue is that most demand strong quant skills that I seem to be missing (I have econ&fin undergrad, not ivy league, some basic programming skills).

Consequently, I've been thinking of doing a quant finance master (2 year programs). The issue is that I don't have the math or programming prerequisite to get accepted so I'll likely have to take a whole year of math&programming before. This means it could effectively take me 3 years to get the degree. Studying while working isn't really an option given work hours.

Is this a waste of time or a good investment that will pay dividends later?

I am genuinely interested in raking up math & programming skills and quant finance does interest me. It seems that as time goes by these skills are going to be increasingly in demand.

Any thoughts on this would be sincerely appreciate.

Thank you,