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  1. Hi cyberwulf,

    As a Canadian applicant, I am not sure what my chances are at top US schools. I am from the University of Waterloo, currently in stat master program and I also did my undergraduate here. Would you mind to spend a few minutes going through my profile? Your evaluation will be highly appreciated.

  2. I'd say do not worry about several lower grades too much as your overall math grades are good. If you look into masters that would be helpful to your further application to phd, I advise you to look into some programs like UBC, Toronto, Waterloo in Canada as they are all research-based masters. The class size tends to be much smaller than that of US masters since you will be fully funded. This makes it easier to develop a strong relationship with professors. You can also choose to take some advanced stat courses as master/phd courses are held together. With that said, these programs serve as a stepping-stone to phd, and will certainly boost your chances significantly if you do well in the program. Most course-based masters programs in the US won't help you much when you apply to phd.
  3. Chances for Masters in Statistics

    Your math background and grades? This is important cuz it is much more relevant than your overall gpa. If you have courses through multivariable calculus, linear algebra and a few statistics courses with decent grades in general, you should be competitive in most masters programs, including Columbia. Masters in the States are unfunded so the bar tends to be much lower, with Columbia's extremely low as they admit tons of students into masters. However, 161 Q is a bit low even for masters, I advise you to boost it to at least 166.
  4. The fundings should be enough to cover your tuition and living costs. These programs are all well-known in the States, and they are different from masters in the States in that they are research-based rather than course-based. The class size is much smaller than that of masters in the States, so professors tend to care more about their students. The master and phd courses are held together rather than separately in the States, so you will also have chance to take several phd courses of your interests.With that said, it is more competitive for you to get into these programs, but once you get in, you will be able to gain meaningful research experience, which will help substantially when you apply to phd later. Unlike course-based masters in the States, which won't help a lot when you apply to phd.
  5. Not much. The major problem of your application is lack of core math courses such as real analysis/advanced calculus, which makes admissions to phd you listed extremely tough. You have decent shots for masters though.
  6. PhD program chances

    Given your strong GPA and GRE, you might have some shot at some 20-30 range, where they do not put strong emphasize on real analysis. You have the chance to take real analysis during the first year of phd if you are admitted. However, admissions for top schools are competitive, and many applicants have more than one real analysis courses. So, in terms of your math background, you are way behind them. Combining the fact that you have no research experience, it is going to be tough to get into top schools. I suggest you taking an extra year to make up your real analysis courses and gain relevant research experience, and you will be in a much better shape next year.
  7. I am doing statistics master in Canada now with the goal of applying to phd later. I am mainly interested in probability, and there are several professors that I can work with. I'd like to hear your thoughts on choosing my supervisor. One of them is a full professor with phd from western university. He is currently holding some positions (chairs or something), and also serves as an editor for a queueing theory journal. However, he may not have a strong tie to the schools in the States. Another is an assistant professor who just graduated a few years ago from a top 15 phd in the states. He is an incredibly smart guy with research on theoretical probability, and I am sure that he will yield high-quality research in the future. The problem with him is that he is so young that he may not be well-known both in Canada and the States. He may have connection with US faculty though. In terms of my chance of getting into top phd in the States, how would you weight the pros and cons? Whose letter do you think will take on more weight, assuming I produce similar research with both.
  8. GRE is a filter and 157 on quantitative is a red flag given your math background. Also your verbal will cause concerns about your ability to communicate in English. I strongly suggest you retaking the test and shoot for at least 90th percentile for quantitative and 70th percentile for verbal. You have good grades in math courses and you may aim higher (top 20) if you see significant improvement on the GRE. Otherwise, your chances are not even high in lower ranked schools.
  9. Those can be more than offset by your math background and letters.Aside from a handful of top schools which require math gre, you should be fine. I'd say gre verbal is one of the less important factors and you did reasonably well as an international student so don't worry too much.
  10. If you have more analysis courses and obtain good grades from them, then you have a shot at chicago phd. Chicago tends to emphasize a lot on math.
  11. While your gpa is not stellar, you have exellent grades in math/stat courses and substansive math background, which is admission committee care much more than your overall gpa. Your strong letters and related research experience also make you a competitive candidate. I suggest you applying to more higher ranked programs and I think you have a good shot to get into a few.
  12. While you have strong academic record and references, your lack of upper year math courses plus relatively low GRE Q would make you less competitive at top stat phd programs. You have a good shot at some larger programs like NC state/Ohio state though. You are competitive at any MS programs since they are not that theory-oriented. If you are interested in biostat phd, you may apply as well. Biostat programs tend to be more applied and focus more on communication skills and less on math background.
  13. Profile Evaluation, Statistics PhD/MS

    It would definitely help if you get good grade from it. However, you are still behind the best applicants who have several terms of real analysis plus substantial research experience. My suggestion is to ask profs who know you well to write the letter. Given your profile, I think you are competitive at any masters programs since masters programs generally do not require real analysis.
  14. Profile Evaluation, Statistics PhD/MS

    I am not saying this to discourage you but considering your lack of math preparation and relatively weak recommendation letters, probably all of the schools you listed are gonna be reaches. Getting a high score in MGRE will help but without background in real analysis I suspect it. Also, seeking a letter from a grad student is also not a good idea. IMO, what consists of a great reference is the highlight of your research potential. Conversely, letters only saying you did well in class may end up hurting you. I think you'd be better off applying next year, making up the gap in real analysis and hopefully do statistical research with some prof. Taking a few grad courses in stat is also a good idea.