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I graduated in 2022 May and started to work as a trader at a quant trading firm in August. I was placed in a role that was very different than what I originally anticipated and am now considering going back to school for statistics. Although I was a computer science major in college, I’ve usually preferred statistic courses at my university.

I went to a reputable public university in California but did not try very hard in a lot of my classes which resulted in me getting approximately a 3.4 gpa, which makes me very hesitant to apply.

I’ve been thinking about going back to school for a while now and was wondering if anyone had any advice on here.
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As someone who's currently doing it, it is very theoretical and involves a lot of math (calculus) and proving theorems. I barely learn anything on how to apply these in real life scenarios. Totally regretting it right now.

Then again, it might be specific to my University program (in Canada btw).
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Of course, I can't speak for all programs but most MS programs in statistics require a statement of purpose. You can make a really strong story out of your experience as a quant trader and connect that back to why you want to learn more about statistics. Your work experience will go a long way toward getting into programs. Not to mention lots of statistics programs are suckers for CS majors ("you will be popular" tiktok audio plays)
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I'm in behavioral science (my students tend to be fairly quant focused). So, take what I'm saying with a grain of salt. But if I saw an applicant with a 3.4 in CS, I'd be totally fine with that.
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I waited 40 years to go back to graduate school, you can do it. Getting a ms in statistics has helped me get a new collection of task types to do in my existing job. It would have been harder if I didn't already fit into a good ole boy network.
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The only thing I regret about my masters is not taking real analysis beforehand (I took it for funzies after graduating). Even in a program with an applied focus, it would’ve made my life much easier - most of the classes where straightforward with multivariable calc and linear algebra under my belt, but I always felt like I was on the edge of disaster in the theory sequence where you couldn’t avoid proofs and gnarly derivation. My grades were fine, but it felt like a fight for survival.
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Isn't econometrics a better fit?
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I had a similar gpa and went back to school to get my masters in bio stats after years of working in public education. I got a job right away after graduation and I’m THRIVING. Wish I had done it sooner!
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