underworked Posted April 24, 2017 Share Posted April 24, 2017 (edited) Hi everyone, I'm hoping to get some advice on applying for MS Stats programs. I've been working in consulting for 2 years and recently have been thinking of applying to Master's programs in statistics to transition into data science. My main concern is that my math background is light, and I haven't taken probability and math stats, so I'm not sure if I'm competitive for stats programs. I don't know where to turn to for advice on grad school because I didn't have any contact with stats professors in college, so I'm hoping I can gain more information here. Undergrad Institution: Top 15-20 liberal arts college Major(s): EconomicsGPA: ~ 3.9 GRE: Haven't taken it yetCourses: Linear Algebra (A), Calc III (A), Intro Discrete Math (A), Intro to Statistics for Economics (A), Intro to Real Analysis (A-), Econometrics (A) (taken where I studied abroad, this was a year long course covering multivariable regression, instrumental variables, and time series analysis) Other: I'm also concerned about my lack of strong LORs because I didn't take enough math/stats classes, wasn't thinking about going to graduate school and didn't build up relationships with professors. Also, none of my potential recommenders will be stats professors. My options are: Final economics research paper done with an econ professor where I used regression analysis, likely to be strong but not sure how relevant. All other recs likely to be lukewarm- Real Analysis professor: I thought I was an average- average-plus student in the class, but this was the latest math class I took in college and I didn't get a horrible grade. Calc professor: I did pretty well in the class and the prof wrote a letter of recommendation for a study abroad program I applied to, but this was a long time ago (sophomore year) and I haven't been in touch since. Professor also known for being forgetful... Work manager: Has a PhD in econ and taught for a couple years before transferring to industry. However, I don't work directly with him too often (more like my supervisor's supervisor) and the stuff we do at work is more menial tasks like cleaning data rather than analysis. Questions: 1. How much does my limited math/stats background hurt when applying to MS programs? Is it worth it to take an online class in Probability? This is one of the prerequisites for a number of schools apart from mathematical statistics that I'm missing. Due to my work schedule and location, it's hard to find in person classes I can attend. 2. Which of my options look better for LORs? (I know it's not ideal) 3. How competitive am I as an applicant? Do I even have a shot at the top 10 schools? Top 20 schools? I'd really appreciate any and all advice. Thank you! Edited April 24, 2017 by underworked Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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