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  1. Once you already havw linear algebra, real analysis/measure theory, mathematical probability and statistics, and perhaps some numerical analysis/optimization courses, it won't make a huge difference what exact courses you choose as electives. If the stats courses are completely applied where you don't do a lot of math, then I would lean towards math but you already have so much math that you'll be good even if you never take another class.
  2. That's fine, the most important thing is to get letters from people with quantitative PhDs who know you well. Usually someone you did research with is more able to give valuable feedback. Your grades can speak for themselves.
  3. Yeah, it's not a big topic in stats departments (honestly almost non existent) so you'll be lucky to find one or two people in the top theoretical departments but that's about it. I'd painstakingly look through everyone at the top 20 departments (especially the top 10) as well as other Ivys like Cornell and Yale and see what you find, which is probably what you've been doing. Some departments will have some people with cross-appointments in EE which is your best bet probably.
  4. Yeah, I think that's fine for one letter - usually you want people who can evaluate your math ability so math/stat professors are best but one letter from a linguist or an economist is cool - especially for a master's. Most MS stats people will look for these types of jobs after graduation, so you'll be in good company. I'd heavily lean towards the statistics degree myself because, as you said then you'll have very in depth knowledge in an area. I'd also recommend picking up SQL and python skills along the way.
  5. As for the statement of purpose, what you wrote here about your motivation is essentially what you'll need to write. Statement of purposes aren't a huge deal.
  6. Great GPA and GRE score from an Ivy with professional experience at a big tech company makes you basically an ideal candidate for these programs. You should feel free to apply to any master's program in either discipline and you are very likely to be admitted to any of them.
  7. I think they just meant that MD Anderson is a program that has been around for a while and has an established reputation as being a decent program, whereas I've never heard of a UTHealth program.
  8. What do you mean exactly by a small public school? Do you have a ranked PhD program at your school? You seem to already know this, but you need to raise your GRE Q score at least 5 points to be considered by any PhD program and probably most master's as well, and for PhD programs like the first 4 you listed, you will need to raise it by about 10 points.
  9. Looks reasonable to me. You have a great GPA and solid GRE Q from a decent school, so I think any biostat program would be reasonable to apply to and schools like Iowa/BU should be pretty safe. Your GRE Verbal does stick out as a little low but I don't think it'll be a big deal even if you don't improve it.
  10. As for letters, I usually wouldn't bother getting one from someone who doesn't have a PhD unless the classroom professors don't know you at all. I think your range of schools would be reasonable if you got your GRE up to at least a 165. 162 is pretty low and will raise some red flags. This is definitely worth retaking. Stat vs biostat is a little more complicated than just looking at the combined US News rankings. A student at Chicago or Stanford statistics could just as easily enroll in a math PhD if they had the desire - biostat programs, even at the top, usually don't have quite as extensive math requirements and the many of students likely will have the desire to get through the hard math classes so they can do the applied research they really enjoy.
  11. I can't comment on the applied math programs, but you definitely have a shot at those stat programs, especially if your math GRE is decent. I'd apply any other top 10 programs that interest you as well as some schools in the 10-25 range. CMU, Michigan and NCSU are 3 programs that I think are matches for you - both in that their research will interest you and that you have a good (but not guaranteed) shot of getting into them. I hesitate to ever call any top school a safety, but your profile is very good and I think a school like Minnesota is on the safer end for you and has some good statistical ML people and you are likely to get in there.
  12. I think that list is a good start. I'd add some higher programs, too, especially big state schools like NC/Iowa State/PSU. I think schools like Stanford are not very likely if you go to an unknown university, but you could apply to some schools like Michigan/Duke/CMU on the high end. I suppose it does depend on exactly what school you've gone too. I've known 4.0 students from unknown schools who struggled in first semester Casella/Berger, so a top program will probably have similar reservations that I do when they can't really evaluate your ability.
  13. I doubt you'll find much helpful advice here, which is likely why nobody replied to your original post. Canadian schools' funding is almost exclusively reserved for Canadian students, so as an international student, it will be extremely difficult to get a funded offer. You seem to have a profile that would allow you to get into some of the top Canadian schools if you had permanent residency though.
  14. Please don't spam the forum with multiple of your same post that you posted the other day. There is a thread on Canadian statistics programs on the front page of this forum right now with information about how the top programs in Canada are well-regarded.
  15. Research isn't a huge deal for statistics except in that it helps you get good letters from people who know your ability. Your grades in math courses are more important (though the actual addition of the extra degree won't matter that much for admissions, except in that it means you get more coursework).
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