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  1. Thank you. I think I'll try to take some courses online on Clinical Trials and Epidemiology at the U Penn State Global Campus.
  2. Thank you for your answer. The school in which I was doing my MS in Stats, but all my classes were at the PhD level, was in the 20-30 rankings. I just feel that the B- is haunting me. I just feel it would be "out of character" to have worked in the financial sector for around 8 years by the time I apply and say I am interested in Biostatistics (though, the classes I took that were shared with biostats were actually really good and interesting: GLM, Survival, Missing Data) when nothing in my profile screams biostats. I'll have to check if I can do something to make my profile look a little
  3. Yes, I have the following reasons: 1) Industry standards. I have noticed that there are several research positions in the financial sector that demand a PhD and to have knowledge of stats/optimization in credit scoring, fraud detection, insurance. Some positions explicitly request a PhD. They require to use techniques in journals or devise completely new methodologies, make sure algorithms converge, apply missing data techniques, optimization, Bayesian, and sampling techniques too. For example, my informal supervisor (my formal supervisor is a managing director) read papers from different
  4. Hi, My situation is the following: A) I finished my MS in Statistics in a theoretical program, where my classmates were PhD students in Stats. I passed my first qualifier with the PhD level, but I could not switch to the PhD on the second year because I did poorly in Probability (Measure Theory) B- (some people failed the course) and my Advanced Stat Theory. The program was really difficult to me, but I was able to get grades from B to A in the rest of the classes. Afterwards, I got a nice job and promotions in an international Financial company doing credit scoring and loss forecast
  5. I think others will give you a better advice. But in my personal opinion, your profile seems strong. The research experience is very very important. In my university, people with some good research experience in biostatistics were able to get fellowships. They also had master degrees in statistics/Applied Mathematics, and also took a lot of graduate math courses (analysis, measure theory and probability, etc. but I guess it becomes less relevant if you are going to biostatistics). One advice a professor told me was to see my research interests and apply to schools with active faculty work
  6. This is the opinion of the people who have some knowledge of graduate programs in statistics. Even if Real Analysis is not "required", the school pre requisites are what they expect as a minimum. The strongest applicants will have graduate level real analysis and linear algebra plus some research (even if it is not super specialized), excellent grades and recommendation letters, and GRE higher scores. No one is saying you can't do or you won't be admitted. However, the admission committees will have this concern. certainly departments in Penn, Iowa St and Michigan will have it too.
  7. In my Personal opinion, your profile lacks some of the basic mathematical training the committees are expecting. There are no higher level Math courses like Analysis or linear algebra (if these were graduate level that would be even better). Even if you took all of those econometric courses, the committees need to know you have enough mathematical training to be able to understand and produce your own proofs because the applied part will come easily later. Good things are that you have internship experiences and that you have some interest in applied statistics, and I think even being an
  8. In my opinion, you seem to have a good technical knowledge about mathematics. Though your GPA for your mathematics coursework seems a little low for some standards, and I think most committees look at the grades for linear algebra and real analysis classes. If you did well in those classes in grad school, you should have no problems getting admissions in mid-tier schools.
  9. Ah, well. I have been in two different American schools, and, unlike my home country, people with money seem to be very down to earth. Maybe I haven't met super rich people. Also, I have never heard most people are receiving money from their parents. I think some people may receive money from their parents. In my department everyone is funded, soooo
  10. I second this. Additionally, it's not that the requirements for IR are that high. You can buckle down and get things done. It may be harder because some people may not have taken many Math classes in high school (and none in college), and then when they need to take any number-related classes they get nervous and stressed. I met people with History degrees that ere able to fare well in their Econ classes. So don't give up. Also, consider what kind of technical skills you will get without having skills on data analysis, policy evaluation, economics, etc. Pretty much all the other graduates coul
  11. That is a very low GPA. However, as they said, you can make it up with good working experience. Given that you have 11 years of working experience, I have the impression you will have a good chance at being admitted at MAS programs and that you will pay for them (I say this because most people I know are being funded, even in the MAS, but they have better GPAs). You should have excellent recommendation letters and GRE's, you should also study more English. I also have to say that the theoretical requirements for the MAS are lower than those for the PhD/MS, so it may not be very easy to ma
  12. I would suggest you taking a probability class as soon as possible. I think you would be admitted, as you studied physics and mentioned your Math is good. However, a course in real analysis would be better, even if you only do a MAS. My friends in the MAS were suffering with their theory classes. You should look for MAS in different schools, OHio State is an option, Iowa State, Columbia (cash cow though), and some universities in Texas also have good programs, NCSU.
  13. Well, my advice is the following: 1. What is the most profitable option? Some Americans are indebted, so for them, getting more education means getting more debt and they need to start working to pay their loans. In my case, I am not American so my education abroad was free and my degrees (1 master and I am working on a Master-PhD) did not cost me anything, so I am in no debt. I always wanted to work in statistics positions, but my degree was not in statistics. So switching from international relations (my original major in college, though I did have training that made my degree employabl
  14. You just need to report your overall GPA with your transcript from imperial college. In your transcript it will appear that you took 4 classes and got 2:1 or whatever that number is.
  15. Yes. I read your other posts. I have a lot of friends in master programs, but not a lot in PhD's. Specifically, I have just one friend who did her major in Poli-Sci and IR; she worked at PWC doing some lobbying for 3 years (it sounds good, but in reality is just a regular job, nothing out of ordinary) and published a paper in an unknown but peer-reviewed journal (in Spanish). Overall, her profile seems good. However, I have no idea about her writing sample. She is attending OSU and is interested in subnational/province democracy. If I had more friends in PhD programs, I would tell you. Maybe y
  16. I don't think the grade calculation matters. If you have 9.5 out of 10, just change it to the grading scale of 3'sh, which is 9.5*4/10=3.8, or just leave it as 9.5. I have no idea why Americans have such a weird scale when they could just do 1-100 or 1-10. Anyway, all of my friends were admitted in American universities and their transcripts were like mine: 1-10. Paragraph 3. They will ask you for writing samples or to write a paper in the application. So, you can show how good you are. This is what is important: "My CV includes two internships at the national parliament, a 9 mo
  17. I think it has to do with the belief hold by many people that students in social sciences tend to be bad at Math. While it is true at some level with some disciplines, some people (STEM and not STEM) assume that this mathematical barrier filters most students, and so, the "lazy" ones study majors like communications or other "easy" majors. With Poli-sci, I have the impression it is not seen as a major for lazy people, but it is not seen as a very useful major to get a job. Though it clearly changes from school to school, the core of Political Science is mostly about philosophy, political theor
  18. I would say any class in a real economics department would be better than most classes in GPS in terms of the rigor and technical skills. Also, Yale has better branding than UCSD outside of the USA. Since you are Indian, that's a big deal.
  19. In my opinion, it may not matter as much if your classes in the master are of a higher level. For example: real analysis at the graduate level instead of undergrad real analysis. As long as they are more advanced classes and you did better, I think you should be ok. In my case, I took undergrad classes during my master and when applied for the PhD, they did not care about my undergrad education.
  20. Hi. As a fellow international student, I have something to say. In general, I have not had any problems while speaking in English. I also teach recitations and do tutoring on a daily basis. I am more fluent than I was when I first came to the USA. However, your accent will not fade: my accent was the same as when I arrived, the only thing I did was to take a couple of classes on pronunciation (v vs b, z vs c, th, etc.) and that's it. Most people used to say my English was good, and now, because of those small changes, people say my English is very good. Yet my accent stayed the same. I no
  21. In general, professors in the USA do know about international universities. For example, professors in economics at UCSD knew well my university and it didn't appear on the rankings (mostly because it was a research center and was a very small college). I am sure they do have an idea of what's going on with universities in Germany and Switzerland. If you are interested in living in Germany later in your life, you should go to a German university and make some contacts there.
  22. Hi everyone, I graduated from IRPS in June of 2014. I have some comments regarding what I have read in this forum so far: 1. The quant requirements. In general, I would say they are easy (except maybe for QM1) if you have taken classes on regression or econometrics. You could even waive them (I wish I would have done that). However, if you are, for example, an English major who has never ever taken any Calculus/Economics class in your undergrad, IRPS might be daunting. Pretty much everyone passes and there were three people who were "conditioned" 2 foreigners and one American, but they
  23. They are different. I took a Linear Algebra course and an Applied Linear Algebra. The applied one was upper division and it was way more difficult (still easy) and we saw a lot of computations. Real analysis was definitely an interesting class, very different to regular Math classes, as we were expected to "prove" that mathematical formulas were right. Unlike Linear Algebra, there was not computations, but memorization and understanding of theorems and creativity on how to solve problems. I got A at Linear Algebra, B+ at Applied LA, B+ at Real Analysis I and A at Real Analysis II. I wo
  24. At least that was the case a year ago. I have no idea if that is still a problem, but I found this: https://www.simplemobile.com/wps/wcm/connect/SimpleMobile+EN/Support/FAQs/Features/International+Calls Does my SIMPLE Mobile Plan support International Roaming? SIMPLE Mobile plans do not support International Roaming (using your phone outside the USA) at this time. You should check T-mobile, they do have plans working abroad. http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-services/roaming.html And it is cheaper than AT&T.
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