Second Master's as a Quant? Why and What

VIVIH

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Started this topic to gather advice for my next step as well as to share thoughts/experience.

I finished Master of Math Finance at UToronto and have been a quant researcher (strat and data) for almost a year (undergrad in Stats). As I am seeking the best quant funds to learn and grow, feeling Canada is really not the place I should stay (small markets and not proactive), US/HK instead. Then I am thinking of applying another Master's in US (only way to get a job there and I won't do phD). As for HK, funds prefer experienced ones far as I know.

Then it comes to what school/major to apply for. Another MFE is not the thing, as it will be a waste of everything (though they do have good career services). Then what should be a legit program to learn new stuff AND to target quant funds? Data Science is the only option I have now (happy to know if you have recommend on that also).

Wondering if there are buddies who have gone through/are in similar situations. Welcome to share any idea. Thanks in advance!
 

Michsund

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C++ Student
Started this topic to gather advice for my next step as well as to share thoughts/experience.

I finished Master of Math Finance at UToronto and have been a quant researcher (strat and data) for almost a year (undergrad in Stats). As I am seeking the best quant funds to learn and grow, feeling Canada is really not the place I should stay (small markets and not proactive), US/HK instead. Then I am thinking of applying another Master's in US (only way to get a job there and I won't do phD). As for HK, funds prefer experienced ones far as I know.

Then it comes to what school/major to apply for. Another MFE is not the thing, as it will be a waste of everything (though they do have good career services). Then what should be a legit program to learn new stuff AND to target quant funds? Data Science is the only option I have now (happy to know if you have recommend on that also).

Wondering if there are buddies who have gone through/are in similar situations. Welcome to share any idea. Thanks in advance!
Maybe a MS in machine learning? Why not just try to move internally to a USA office?
 

VIVIH

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Maybe a MS in machine learning? Why not just try to move internally to a USA office?
Yeah ML would be a concentration of Data Science.
I can only think of CPP (a pension fund) having a NY office and internal transfer is merely heard of.
 

Simon.ZY

Member
I would consider a CS master degree just to widen my career opportunities. You can try quant developer or just developer if you really like programming
 

Michsund

Active Member
C++ Student
why not keep on working and maybe do the Georgia Tech online MS in computer science? It's something I would look into.
 

VIVIH

New Member
I would consider a CS master degree just to widen my career opportunities. You can try quant developer or just developer if you really like programming
True. I realize my cs shortage now and then compared to a dev. Any CS programs you recommend? Would they consider students without heavy-cs background? (I know very well of scripting/stats, but not programming/infra).

p.s. I would say I don't 'really' like programming lol, just that a quant had better to be well-rounded and CS is so fundamental.
 

VIVIH

New Member
omscs is a joke. watered down curriculum. the depth is totally not there.
Won't do online since I need working visa afterwards.
Doing online is only to get a 'certificate', not real stuff, even for UCB data science online program imo.
 

Simon.ZY

Member
True. I realize my cs shortage now and then compared to a dev. Any CS programs you recommend? Would they consider students without heavy-cs background? (I know very well of scripting/stats, but not programming/infra).

p.s. I would say I don't 'really' like programming lol, just that a quant had better to be well-rounded and CS is so fundamental.
I don't really have good recommendation, but I do see when the firms hire a QR or quant developer, they are looking for solid programming skills. At the same time, you will have other career options to choose from if you graduate from a CS master in the US.
 

Yevgeniy

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omscs is a joke. watered down curriculum. the depth is totally not there.
Hi, as I am seriously considering signing up for this program, could you point to any sources that support your statement that the curriculum is watered down?
 
I don't really have good recommendation, but I do see when the firms hire a QR or quant developer, they are looking for solid programming skills. At the same time, you will have other career options to choose from if you graduate from a CS master in the US.
yup, they screen you with hackerrank nowadays. i keep getting fucked by this, having focused on pen and paper probability brainteasers exclusively for a while
 
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