PrinceRuthless95 Posted August 24, 2020 Share Posted August 24, 2020 Undergrad Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Major(s): Actuarial Science GPA: 3.82 Type of Student: International Male GRE General Test: Q: 165+ (Expecting) V: 150-155 (Expecting) W: 4.5 (Expecting Applying to: Statistics PHD Research Experience: Some undergraduate finance researching work involving logistic regression, simulation in R, and time series. Work Experience: Calculus/Stats Tutor, 2 years underwriting in insurance (non statistical related) LOR: One from mathematical statistics professor (fellow of ASA), one from finance professor for researching, and one from Physics professor. Math: Calc I, II (A+), Calc III (A), Linear Algebra (B), concerned with lack of mathematical background Statistics: Mathematical Statistics I (A-), Mathematical Statistics II (A) Please give me advice on any graduate school within my range. Should I strengthen my mathematical background by taking online courses (already graduated 2 years), how about real analysis via NetMath @ UIUC? Should I consider Master, I don't think I can afford many of them, and not sure which program funded Master. Thanks for any insight on moving forward Charlie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Stat Assistant Professor Posted August 24, 2020 Share Posted August 24, 2020 (edited) I don't think your profile is competitive, especially compared to other international students who have much more breadth and depth of math classes. The B in Linear Algebra is possibly concerning as well. I would recommend getting a Masters degree where you take real analysis AND advanced proof-based linear algebra (to partially atone for the B in lower division LA -- then have one of your LOR writers point out that you got an A in advanced linear algebra) AND maybe one other math class such as a second semester of real analysis. Then you can try your luck and apply to Statistics PhD programs. I think you could possibly get into some schools in the 41-80 range of USNWR. Higher than that is probably out of reach, given how competitive admissions is for international students these days. Edited August 24, 2020 by Stat Assistant Professor PrinceRuthless95 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

PrinceRuthless95 Posted August 24, 2020 Author Share Posted August 24, 2020 Your advice are most realistic and helpful, do you think I should bother taking online course like real analysis? I know it's a criteria for Ph.D. admission but not sure about Master. What school for Master do you suggests? It's hard to find school with funding, but I guess that's what make it less competitive than Ph.D. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Stat Assistant Professor Posted August 24, 2020 Share Posted August 24, 2020 There are not many funded Masters programs in Statistics, but there probably are a few if you search for them. Another possibility is to do a Masters in Mathematics with a Statistics concentration. In such a program, you could take a core of statistics classes -- two semesters of mathematical statistics at the level of Casella & Berger, regression, design of experiments, and linear models), along with some theoretical math classes like real analysis and advanced linear algebra. Masters programs in math may be more likely to be funded. I would look into those where you can do a Stat concentration, as well as the few funded Statistics MS programs that exist. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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