MSF 2020 Profile evaluation

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Hi,

I'm applying to MSF programs, and I wanted to see my chances of gettig into my targets.

My profile:

BA in Economics, Minors in Statistics and Philosophy from a state school (top 40)

GPA: 3.48 Major GPA 3.7
Very upward trend, did not receive anything under an A- in any of my major classes like econometrics, macro, financial economics during my last two years in college.

EC:

Started my own food condiment company at the age of 19. Currently supplying Whole Foods and Walmart.

Worked as an interpreter for a Korean company.

GRE: Q: 164 V: 158

Targets: UT, Southern Methodist Univ, USC, UC Irvine, UTD, WUSTL, Vandy, Johns Hopkins, UCSD

Will I have a good shot at these schools?

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Comments (12)

Dec 30, 2018

My guess is you will make into most of them as long as you have a good personal statement and video essay

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Feb 3, 2019

Hey Perazziman,

Did your son have to interview for UT Austin MSF?

Dec 30, 2018

Yes, my understanding is that petty much everyone who is accepted interviews. It wasn't a difficult interview

Feb 3, 2019
Dryzn:

Hi,

I'm applying to MSF programs, and I wanted to see my chances of gettig into my targets.

My profile:

BA in Economics, Minors in Statistics and Philosophy from a state school (top 40)

GPA: 3.48 Major GPA 3.7
Very upward trend, did not receive anything under an A- in any of my major classes like econometrics, macro, financial economics during my last two years in college.

EC:

Started my own food condiment company at the age of 19. Currently supplying Whole Foods and Walmart.

Worked as an interpreter for a Korean company.

GRE: Q: 164 V: 158

Targets: UT, Southern Methodist Univ, USC, UC Irvine, UTD, WUSTL, Vandy, Johns Hopkins, UCSD

Will I have a good shot at these schools?

idk about Vandy/USC (Gre is a bit on the lower side, especially quant)

but this is just my opinion, i am not an expert of US programmes

Dec 30, 2018

In my opinion GRE Q 164 is fine. It could be an issue if you were applying to an MFE, but not an MSF. It is equivalent to an old GRE Q 790. It may not dazzle adcoms but is more than satisfactory. Keep in mind that in the old days MIT's PhD threshold was usually around 750 (equivalent to 159). So 160+ is quite fine. Also keep in mind that no GRE Q score truly dazzles anyone.

Once you have a Q 160+ the score that really matters for MSF is the GRE V. After all, if you look at the work of an Analyst, it involves large amounts of reading as well as writing grammatically correct report s and making good presentations etc. You need a good V score to do that. Notice that when you look at M7 average GRE scores are balances i.e. the V is just as high as the Q.

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Feb 3, 2019
perazziman:

In my opinion GRE Q 164 is fine. It could be an issue if you were applying to an MFE, but not an MSF. It is equivalent to an old GRE Q 790. It may not dazzle adcoms but is more than satisfactory. Keep in mind that in the old days MIT's PhD threshold was usually around 750 (equivalent to 159). So 160+ is quite fine. Also keep in mind that no GRE Q score truly dazzles anyone.

Once you have a Q 160+ the score that really matters for MSF is the GRE V. After all, if you look at the work of an Analyst, it involves large amounts of reading as well as writing grammatically correct report s and making good presentations etc. You need a good V score to do that. Notice that when you look at M7 average GRE scores are balances i.e. the V is just as high as the Q.

Maybe ur conversion is wrong. 164/158 GRE equals to a 670 gmat (45q,35v)

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Feb 3, 2019

3.5GPA, Good school rank (I am going to assume it is a well known state program).

GRE converts per ETS to a 670 GMAT. OK, not amazing, but not bad.

That being said, check out the GRE splits at WUSTL, what I would consider a top program:

https://olin.wustl.edu/EN-US/academic-programs/spe...
Your stats all fall in line with WUSTL, which tells me the following:

SMU - In
UC Irvine - In
WUSTL - Competitive
JHU - In
UCSD - In

UT, USC and Vanderbilt will all be the toughest. With that said, MSF enrollment is flat to down across the board. MSF enrollment goes up when the job market is tough. The market is very good right now and the trade war is impacting Chinese enrollment. Over the years it has been my observation that domestic interest in these programs doesn't really change too much, but will decline slightly as the economy improves.

Why do I bring this up? Because programs have to ultimately fill seats and with less people applying class profiles decline a little.

Dec 30, 2018

Hi TNA,

Thanks for all the info and work you do to help people make an informed choice on MSF programs.

I am not sure, but I think MSF programs may receive a lot more interest from India and China. As you know, the Trump administration has recently changed the H1B selection process that essentially makes it difficult for graduates of foreign grad schools to get into the US. So, the quickest entry into the US for foreigners right now might be a US Grad 10 month STEM program such as a MSF. If that is the case, then I think there could be a surge of applications from India and China

Feb 10, 2019

I have been invited to interview for a couple of MSF programs (Think Vandy/WUSTL/BC/Nova/UT), and I am wondering how meaningful the interview offer is. Does everyone that sends in an application get an interview offer, or is this a good sign of admission, or something in between? Any thoughts on this topic would help, thanks!

Feb 3, 2019

It is pretty meaningful. Schools usually only interview candidates who pass the initial screening for admissions. This is either a final check the box or you are on the bubble and they want to see if you are worth accepting. Take it seriously.