First off, let me highlight this only applies to MPP.  MIDP, MPM, MSDPP, and the Executive programs + certificates are way better organized and managed. 1. I wouldn't say prior calc is strictly required. You need calc skills. I know people who just learned calc skills in 3 months and manage to survive (survive is the operative word).  2. SAIS is definitely more quant driven. MSFS has quant and you can go more quant if you want, but its strength lies within interdisciplinary nature + G