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# Certifications/quant courses

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24 Jul 2014, 03:58
Good day All,

I've read on many posts that B schools do value the certifications/quant courses which you have taken.

Can someone please guide me to understand exactly what type of quant core courses I can take and from where?

Thanks

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24 Jul 2014, 04:03
The value comes in case you show weakness or need some help in your quant skills.
Most commonly, people take courses in a community college nearby or at an adult education facility such as UCLA Extension and others that provide fairly inexpensive courses with strong brand names. These could be Calculus classes, advanced math, and others.

Some folks get CFA, but that does not seem to have much weight for the MBA as a stand-alone degree and since it takes a lot of effort and money to get, I would not recommend getting a CFA unless you need it for work or really love finance.

P.S. Again, you would do it only if quant is an issue for you and if you feel Adcom may have a doubt about your quantitative abilities in a quant-heavy program.
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24 Jul 2014, 04:21
bb wrote:
The value comes in case you show weakness or need some help in your quant skills.
Most commonly, people take courses in a community college nearby or at an adult education facility such as UCLA Extension and others that provide fairly inexpensive courses with strong brand names. These could be Calculus classes, advanced math, and others.

Some folks get CFA, but that does not seem to have much weight for the MBA as a stand-alone degree and since it takes a lot of effort and money to get, I would not recommend getting a CFA unless you need it for work or really love finance.

P.S. Again, you would do it only if quant is an issue for you and if you feel Adcom may have a doubt about your quantitative abilities in a quant-heavy program.

Hi bb,

Thank you for the reply; well I did have advance Mathematics in my engineering course. By Quant courses I meant financial accounting,reports etc;

Although I don't want to do MBA in finance(hence CFA is pointless for me), I felt that having some extra certificate courses might add more weight to your profile (for subjects which are common in Sem1) or in some Strategic/Technological courses.

Thanks

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27 Jul 2014, 23:35
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raj44 wrote:
bb wrote:
The value comes in case you show weakness or need some help in your quant skills.
Most commonly, people take courses in a community college nearby or at an adult education facility such as UCLA Extension and others that provide fairly inexpensive courses with strong brand names. These could be Calculus classes, advanced math, and others.

Some folks get CFA, but that does not seem to have much weight for the MBA as a stand-alone degree and since it takes a lot of effort and money to get, I would not recommend getting a CFA unless you need it for work or really love finance.

P.S. Again, you would do it only if quant is an issue for you and if you feel Adcom may have a doubt about your quantitative abilities in a quant-heavy program.

Hi bb,

Thank you for the reply; well I did have advance Mathematics in my engineering course. By Quant courses I meant financial accounting,reports etc;

Although I don't want to do MBA in finance(hence CFA is pointless for me), I felt that having some extra certificate courses might add more weight to your profile (for subjects which are common in Sem1) or in some Strategic/Technological courses.

Thanks

Raj,
If your objective is to build some foundation in the domain that you're interested in joining post MBA, then I would suggest that you check out Coursera.org. Many top universities offer free courses on Coursera on a wide range of subjects. Mind you - just because the courses are free does not mean they are not rigorous. Each course may require an effort of 2 to 12 hours a week from you. If you complete the grading requirements satisfactorily, you will be awarded a Statement of Distinction. And if you join the Signature track of the course,you will get a verified certificate from the university.

Of course, don't take up courses just to "build your profile" - pick up something that genuinely interests you.

Regards
Gowri

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28 Jul 2014, 09:53
CrackVerbalGMAT wrote:
raj44 wrote:
bb wrote:
The value comes in case you show weakness or need some help in your quant skills.
Most commonly, people take courses in a community college nearby or at an adult education facility such as UCLA Extension and others that provide fairly inexpensive courses with strong brand names. These could be Calculus classes, advanced math, and others.

Some folks get CFA, but that does not seem to have much weight for the MBA as a stand-alone degree and since it takes a lot of effort and money to get, I would not recommend getting a CFA unless you need it for work or really love finance.

P.S. Again, you would do it only if quant is an issue for you and if you feel Adcom may have a doubt about your quantitative abilities in a quant-heavy program.

Hi bb,

Thank you for the reply; well I did have advance Mathematics in my engineering course. By Quant courses I meant financial accounting,reports etc;

Although I don't want to do MBA in finance(hence CFA is pointless for me), I felt that having some extra certificate courses might add more weight to your profile (for subjects which are common in Sem1) or in some Strategic/Technological courses.

Thanks

Raj,
If your objective is to build some foundation in the domain that you're interested in joining post MBA, then I would suggest that you check out Coursera.org. Many top universities offer free courses on Coursera on a wide range of subjects. Mind you - just because the courses are free does not mean they are not rigorous. Each course may require an effort of 2 to 12 hours a week from you. If you complete the grading requirements satisfactorily, you will be awarded a Statement of Distinction. And if you join the Signature track of the course,you will get a verified certificate from the university.

Of course, don't take up courses just to "build your profile" - pick up something that genuinely interests you.

Regards
Gowri

Gowri N Kishore

Hi Gowri,

Thank you for providing the link. I will check the courses.

Regards,
Rajeev.

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