Plexor2 Posted October 16, 2020 Share Posted October 16, 2020 (edited) Hi! I am planning on applying to various Master’s in Statistics programs for Fall 2021, but I am somewhat uncertain of my chances of being accepted into these programs. Type of Student: Domestic White Male Undergrad Institution: Regional university that is top 10 in its regionMajor: Applied Mathematics and StatisticsGPA: ~3.2 Overall GPA, ~3.6 GPA each in upper division coursework and last 60 semester credits of coursework, ~3.7 Major GPACourses in Major (In order from freshman to senior year): Calc II (B+), Statistics I (B+), Calc III (B), Actuarial Statistics I (B), Actuarial Statistics II (A), Linear Algebra (A), Advanced Probability (B+), Econometrics (A-), Software Application for Mathematics (B), Statistics II (A), SAS Programming and Applied Statistics (A), Statistical and Mathematical Decision Making (A), Applied Mathematics and Statistics Capstone Seminar (A) Programming: I have mainly used Stata, but I also have a small amount of familiarity with SAS and SQL Q: 168 (92nd percentile) V: 155 (67th percentile), 159 (82nd percentile) when super-scored W: 4.5 (80th percentile) Programs Applying: Master's in Statistics Research Experience: I am currently working on a single-authored publication manuscript that is in the revision stage and that was submitted to a low-impact factor journal. I do not anticipate resubmitting my manuscript until after I apply to most, if not all, of my desired programs. I also performed research for my capstone project, which I presented at my school, but I am much happier with my manuscript. Both projects contain significant amounts of statistical analyses. Work Experience: I have approximately 2 years of full-time work experience as a Research Analyst at my alma mater. I also have approximately a year and a half of part-time internship and contract experience performing varying degrees of data analysis. Letters of Recommendation: One recommendation is from the head of the mathematics department at my alma mater who oversaw my math placement test, who I took one of my statistics courses with, and who was slightly involved in one of my internships, another recommendation is from another statistics professor who I took a few classes with and who was my advisor for my capstone course and project, and the last recommendation is from the editor of the journal which I submitted my manuscript to. I am not expecting my letters of recommendation to be anything out of the ordinary, but I am uncertain as to what the strength of two of them will be. Research interests: I am the most interested in environmental statistics and public policy analysis. To a lesser extent, I am also highly interested in data science and Bayesian statistics. School List: University of Chicago Duke University of Wisconsin UCLA UIUC University of Missouri Oregon State UC Santa Cruz Currently, I am also considering Ohio State and Virginia Tech. As far as I know, every school on this list, with the exception of Chicago, Duke, and Ohio State, does not take overall GPAs into consideration, but instead, only looks at grades in math & stats courses and either GPAs concerning last 60 semester hours of coursework or grades in upper-level coursework only. I know that Duke super-scores the GRE, UIUC probably does as well, and Virginia Tech is considering it, whereas either the rest of the schools only take the most recent GRE scores into account or I do not know what their specific policies are regarding GRE super-scoring. I am wondering what my chances of admission are for each of these institutions, and if there are any details that I may be overlooking that may factor into my chances of admission within any of these schools? It should be noted that while evaluating my chances, it has been approximately 8 years since I last took academic coursework of any kind. Are there any schools that I am overlooking that may also be good fits for me, and is there any reason for me to believe that any of the schools on my list are not good fits? Ideally, I would like to join a Master’s in Statistics program that has had a high degree of job placement success in the past compared to other Master’s in Statistics programs, that has the best networking opportunities for Master's in Statistics students and alumni, and that has a mixture of both theoretical and applied statistics courses. I plan on entering industry once I graduate, but a PhD is not completely out of the question. Edited October 16, 2020 by Plexor2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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