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    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • NYU Tandon MFE

    Votes: 13 54.2%

    Votes: 5 20.8%

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@ChristineCC Have you received offers from all three programs? I believe UCLA and Tandon are a tier above NCSU. As to which program to choose from the two, a lot depends on your priorities. UCLA places a lot of people in Asset management especially in the LA /Orange County /SF region. So if you like good weather it's a great choice. However if it's the east coast you want to be on, UCLA has a full time consultant based out of New York who has extensive contacts in NYC and help with placements there. I believe academically both programs are similar, however UCLA has Fixed Income legend Francis Longstaff and a new derivatives professor Eric Reiner (who is also the new faculty director) who has worked for years on derivates on Wall Street and a very proactive program management team.
My pick would be NCSU for the following reasons:

1. I'm doing an industry switch so employment opportunity is my most important criteria having limited experience. NCSU is located in one of the prime locations for Banking and Risk management. I will be trying to crack into Trading as well on the side but incase that doesn't workout I will fallback to risk management (will obviously have to take relevant courses in both so this plan works out)

2. Small cohort size- more focus on students and the career team seems to be focused on individual students

3. Growing program reputation year on year

4. One of the top universities in applied mathematics (especially statistics)

For UCLA and NYU I wasn't too confident in their career placement stats and ik this depends on the students as well but it feels less customized to better the students chances of placement