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Math courses/background necessary for MSF/MSFE? [#permalink]
22 Dec 2008, 12:10

I wanted to know what type of math background is necessary for admission to the MSF/MSFE programs in the US (mainly NY/Boston area). Is a really good score on the GMAT enough or do I need at least a minor in math? I am currently an accounting/finance major at a state school with a 3.65 gpa and will have about 2 calculus classes by the time I graduate. Thanks.

Re: Math courses/background necessary for MSF/MSFE? [#permalink]
22 Dec 2008, 12:29

From what i know, most MFE programs want you to submit GRE score plus GRE Math score as well.

They definitely want you to have a strong quant background.

When i attended NYU info session few yrs ago, they also said not to apply unless you already work in the financial services industry or you have math/physics major from undergrad for their fulltime program.

Re: Math courses/background necessary for MSF/MSFE? [#permalink]
22 Dec 2008, 13:01

Do you think like 2 years of public accounting experience (my plan) will help? Do I have to know stochastic calculus before applying or will just a few classes in statistics and calculus be sufficient

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23 Dec 2008, 06:40

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I have about 4 year sof public accounting background.

Unless you dealt with financial services related consulting/advisory service in Big 4, I highly doubt that will qualify you in big programs.

In fact, even with such experience, i think it's a long shot.

MSF/MSFE degrees are derivatives of applied mathematics degree. You need strong math background on the transcript (at least intermediate level math courses) plus high GRE Math score.

Re: Math courses/background necessary for MSF/MSFE? [#permalink]
25 Dec 2008, 03:24

I'll get the 150 hours during undergrad. If I hopefully get a job in the big 4 or some decent firm i'll try to get my masters in taxation or finance (if I'm lucky), if not I will work like 4 years then just go for an MBA but before anything else is becoming a CPA.

Re: Math courses/background necessary for MSF/MSFE? [#permalink]
14 Jan 2009, 19:26

I don't know if this is any help, but I just got accepted to Bentley University's Quantitative MSF program.. I got my undergrad in Mathematics and took some finance/econ classes as well. They have an MSF and a Quantitative MSF and are more lenient with math requirements for the basic MSF. For the Quant MSF, they wanted at least calc 3 and a calculus based stats class. I have taken calc 1-3, real analysis, linear algebra 1 and 2, a few stats courses, diff eq's, and a bunch of other rigorous math classes. My GMAT score and math background probably helped me with my acceptance since I have no work experience and no internships...