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Admissions Chances [#permalink]
12 May 2006, 06:38

Hello. I was wondering what your opinions are of my prospects of getting into an MS Finance program. I graduated from a top 30 university with a BA in Economics with highest distinction and honors (gpa around 3.85 and wrote an honors thesis). I took the following math courses: calc 1-3, linear algebra, partial differential equations, and statistical method 1-2 all with a grade of either an A or A-. I also took 8 econ classes and got a 4.0 in my major. However, I do not have any finance classes besides a financial markets class in the econ department. I have worked at the federal reserve board for a year in a section that is at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. I also have a GRE score of 780 math and 550 verbal. Any thoughts on where I should be looking?

You would definately be considered at the top programs. You might consider looking into the GRE Subject Math in order to strengthen your qualifications. I wouldn't worry about not having taken any finance courses as most people who apply to these programs don't as well. The fact that you have taken courses in PDE's assures the fact that you have almost certainly satisfied the mathematical requirements. The only thing that actually does hurt you is that you did not mention if you have any programing knowledge. At a very minimum you need to know how to program in MATLAB or Mathematica. You might want to even take a course in Computational Mathematics which will require you to turn in coded homwork/projects while also strengthening your applicaiton (computational mathematics is VERY important for this field).