Want to pursue Ph.D. in Quant Finance. Opinions on which programs to target? Please.

Captain Erwin

New Member
Hello QuantNet Community,

I am a Mechanical Engineer. I am currently pursuing two Masters from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

First being, Masters in Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Statistics and the second one is Masters in Mathematical finance with Computational Finance track.

I will be graduating in May 2020. My current GPA for both Masters is 3.8.

I have undertaken Graduate-level courses such as Analysis, Financial Economic theory, Derivatives, Stochastic Calculus in Finance, Fixed Income and Credit Risk, Statistical Inference, Advanced Derivatives with Python, Linear Statistical Models, Cross-section econometrics in my first two years of study.

In my final year, I will be undertaking Numerical Methods for Financial Derivatives, Financial Computing, Multivariate analysis, Time series econometrics and will also be working on my research seminar which is like a mini-thesis in the fall semester.

During my masters, I have worked on a couple of quant finance projects in Python, Stata, Matlab and will also be working on new projects in my last year.

My GRE score is 320 with 167 in Quant.

I am really interested and wish to pursue a Ph.D. from top institutions from Fall 2020 like
  1. Cornell University
  2. Boston University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Columbia University
  5. UNC-Chapel Hill
  6. Stony Brook University
  7. The University of Florida ( Dept of Industry and System Engineering )
  8. Florida State University
  9. Purdue University
  10. University of Pennsylvania
It will be a great help if the community comments on my profile and my chances of getting admitted for a Ph.D. in top programs in the USA. Also, can you please tell which programs should I aim for?

Thank you for taking the time to give me crucial advice.
 
I've been told that if it's a good PhD, then it's free. Also, why PhD? With what you're learning, pretty much twice the usual student, what do you feel is missing? You will be involved in some of the best course by topic by the time you're done. That should give you an idea of what you want to do any why. With your profile, don't be worried about "the chances", just save cash and apply to all of them.

Talk to some people on LinkedIn (click Connect and always and your own not of introduction)
PhD-1 went to Boston U
PhD-2 still completing it at Boston U
PhD-3 also still in completion
 

Eric_Mosen

New Member
Hello QuantNet Community,

I am a Mechanical Engineer. I am currently pursuing two Masters from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

First being, Masters in Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Statistics and the second one is Masters in Mathematical finance with Computational Finance track.

I will be graduating in May 2020. My current GPA for both Masters is 3.8.

I have undertaken Graduate-level courses such as Analysis, Financial Economic theory, Derivatives, Stochastic Calculus in Finance, Fixed Income and Credit Risk, Statistical Inference, Advanced Derivatives with Python, Linear Statistical Models, Cross-section econometrics in my first two years of study.

In my final year, I will be undertaking Numerical Methods for Financial Derivatives, Financial Computing, Multivariate analysis, Time series econometrics and will also be working on my research seminar which is like a mini-thesis in the fall semester.

During my masters, I have worked on a couple of quant finance projects in Python, Stata, Matlab and will also be working on new projects in my last year.

My GRE score is 320 with 167 in Quant.

I am really interested and wish to pursue a Ph.D. from top institutions from Fall 2020 like
  1. Cornell University
  2. Boston University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Columbia University
  5. UNC-Chapel Hill
  6. Stony Brook University
  7. The University of Florida ( Dept of Industry and System Engineering )
  8. Florida State University
  9. Purdue University
  10. University of Pennsylvania
It will be a great help if the community comments on my profile and my chances of getting admitted for a Ph.D. in top programs in the USA. Also, can you please tell which programs should I aim for?

Thank you for taking the time to give me crucial advice.
Hi Erwin, I had both BA and MS in mechanical engineering, now I am going to apply for mater in Computational Finance track; Can you share with me a little about your experience on successfully obtain the MFE offer? Did you have relevant quant working experience before? My email is wmssun379@gmail.com

Many thanks
 
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