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  1. Course Selection Advice

    Thanks for your advice. Besides statistical inference, what stat courses do you think will be helpful to application?
  2. I am doing master in statistics in a Canadian University. I am in the process of selecting courses for the winter term and I'd like to hear from your advice. I plan to take two courses this term, and I am pretty certain to take statistical inference, which I believe would be very helpful for stat phd application. Now I am choosing the other from either spatial epidemiology or survival analysis. Spatial epidemiology seems to be an emerging topic in biostatistics, while survival analysis is one of the core courses in stat/biostat. I am not sure which one would add more value to my application profile when I apply in Fall. I appreciate any constructive advice from you.
  3. Only Stanford requires the math GRE. UW and Columbia recommend it. However, neither the general GRE nor the math GRE plays a decisive role when it comes to admission. Math/stat background and recommendation letters play a much more important role than the GREs.Time is a fixed constraint and you should prioritize the things that matter most. I wouldn't sweat too much on the GREs but instead focusing on research and upper-year/grad level math/stat courses.
  4. You are missing the point here. GRE is a filter and they only care about the quantitative section. You should score high in quant in order not to be weeded out during the screening process. You would be fine if you do not bomb the other two sections. Except a few schools, others do not care about the math GRE. That being said, do not submit the score unless you are very confident of doing well. Also, OP did not ask anything about the application fee, it's up to OP to consider this and I don't understand why you brought this up.
  5. What is your math background and how did you do in your math/stat courses? I am asking because this is much more relevant than your overall gpa. If you did uniformly well (mostly A's) in your math courses, then you may stand a chance of getting into good schools. Otherwise, admission committees may doubt your ability to do actual math given your low gre score and you may be weeded out in the screening process in some schools.
  6. Thank you very much, this is much more reassuring as I got mostly A+ and A's in my core math and stat courses. I have a few very low grades in finance/actuarial science though. I just done my real analyisis exam and I don't feel that I did very well. I am afraid that I may end up with high 70s or low 80s. In many Canadian universities, we do percentage grading, so that would correspond to B+ or A- (77-79 B+ 80-84 A- 85-89A 90-100 A+). Should I take Lebesgue Integration to remedy this? Would admission committees refer to the grading scheme on transcript to interprete the percentage grade as high 70s/low 80s does not sound impressive at all.
  7. When you go over the transcript, how would you assign weights to courses from different disciplines? (eg. from 1-10 scale with 10 being the most important) 1. Calculus/Linear Algebra 2. Real analysis/Measure theory 3. Other pure math courses (eg. geometry/abstract algebra) 4. Undergraduate statistics courses 5. Graduate statistics courses 6. Courses from other quantitative disciplines (eg. actuarial science/physics/chemistry/finance) 7. Electives 8. CS courses
  8. Few masters fund students. The masters that fund students are generally research-based and most students finally pursue a phd. I heard penn state and florida have a funded master.
  9. You have solid grades in a number of proof-based math courses so occasional slip up won't matter much. Many applicants do not have any research experience, so you definitely have an advantage over them. Along with recommendation letters from well-known professors, I think you can get into most schools you listed, if not all. Actually, you are way under applying, probably include some top schools in your list. I'd say you stand a good chance at top 10 stat phd.
  10. PhD Profile Evaluation

    I don't think that you need TOEFL score if you did your undergrad in the States, even if you are not done. You have high grades in upper level math courses so your occasional lower grades won't matter much. Most departments don't care about your GRE verbal and writing unless you really bombed it. 154 verbal is a respectable score and you will be fine with that score. Your overall profile is very strong and I think your lists are fine. Most top phd programs admit a lot of international students, what they really care about is that if you have the potential to make contribution in this field. That being said, they would prefer a qualifed international student than a mediocre domestic student.
  11. 88% is a respectable score and I doubt that it will hurt your chances, actually it may help you if you come from a lesser-known school. It is not true that admission commitees expect higher gre math scores from international applicants. The fact that international students have higher scores than domestic students is simply because those who scored poorly did not submit the result.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.