SMU MQF (Singapore)

donny

Member
I do not have a Masters. I currently work in Asia. Thus, I am considering SMU MQF as a qualification upgrade for me.

From the content of this thread, am I right to conclude the following:
1) I shouldn't expect a $7k+ job from a top tier hedge fund after graduating from this course?
2) I shouldn't expect to gain a programming skill set that'll make me a successful applicant to companies like KCG, Jump and Tower Research
 

ahchip

New Member
I do not have a Masters. I currently work in Asia. Thus, I am considering SMU MQF as a qualification upgrade for me.

From the content of this thread, am I right to conclude the following:
1) I shouldn't expect a $7k+ job from a top tier hedge fund after graduating from this course?
2) I shouldn't expect to gain a programming skill set that'll make me a successful applicant to companies like KCG, Jump and Tower Research
It's the whole package you bring to the table, and not just a Masters in QF.
 

donny

Member
It's the whole package you bring to the table, and not just a Masters in QF.
Then, I gather it is hard for one to get a lucrative job if he went to MQF right after undergraduate.

How many years of experience should he have going into SMU MQF?
 

ahchip

New Member
No, that's not what I meant. Employers evaluate a job candidate on many factors. An MQF helps a lot but not everyone is suited for the more glamorous front office jobs like trading or structuring. Soft skills are also important.
 

Hari Nair

New Member
Yes I have accepted the offer. I am from Engineering background. Practically no experience in Finance. What has been your major till now?
 

Mordantblack

New Member
Hi all, just started my prep courses for the SMU MQF program. Steep learning curve - anyone has any advice on preps, textbks & exams?
 

astara

New Member
Hey Hari, hope you have accepted the offer! Are you coming from a finance background? I have been searching ard for people who are entering the MQF program - at least to know fellow students before sch starts.
Hi All, I got the offer as well and start to prepare.
I am from corp. finance background (zero exposure to finance market & risk mgmt)
anyone made a group already for '17/'18 batch, i am wondering what is the content/outline for prep class
 

Mordantblack

New Member
Hi All, I got the offer as well and start to prepare.
I am from corp. finance background (zero exposure to finance market & risk mgmt)
anyone made a group already for '17/'18 batch, i am wondering what is the content/outline for prep class
Hi there, I'm in the course now, local track. For prep class, it will be very mathematical in nature. Lots of stuff on probability & statistics (e.g. Moment-generating function). It can be a little complex for people with zero math /stat background as the lecturer will speed through prep & the actual classes.

Some lessons on python will only be covered when actual term starts & you have to be extremely comfortable with the programming language. Assignments will require you to code with a coding exam as well. Be familiar on how to use numpy, pandas, matplotlib, optimizers & solvers.

This course may be intensive & it's not going to be easy working & studying at the same time. But get to know your coursemates early on, study together, collaborate tgt - life would be much easier. $40k of sch fees is not just for that paper degree, expand your network & make some great friends as well. Hope my 2 cents here helps! Cheers!
 

Joel Pang

New Member
Hi all, I'm in the 2018-2019 batch for International track. We can get a group going if there's sufficient numbers here.
 

astara

New Member
Hi all, I'm in the 2018-2019 batch for International track. We can get a group going if there's sufficient numbers here.
hi Joel,

If you look at LinkedIn there is a group for SMU MQF 2018 class, i have asked to be included (no reply yet)
otherwise we can make another group!:)
im thinking to read some material for prep class
 

MauroMeneses

New Member
Hi,

I'm having an interview in 1 week, considering I have mathematical background (actuarial science). What kind of math and general question are asked?

Ty
 
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