- Brand name of Columbia University
- Opportunity to take good courses and learn useful skills
- New York location advantage
- Flexibility of choosing courses and study plan
- IEOR Department is at best apathetic and at worse discriminatory towards MSOR students
- MSOR course structure does not follow a nice pattern like MSFE courses ( staggered in Summer, Fall, Spring)
- Some courses are restricted to MSFE students
- In general job prospects for MSOR grads are inferior to MSFE grads
- This inferiority results from :
- MSOR grads being less qualified, OR
- MSOR grads being less aware of things in general, OR
- MSOR grads simply not being given the opportunity to apply to certain jobs.
- Qualified, perseverant and hard working people from any program at Columbia University (MAFN, MSOR, MSE, MSFE, MS Stats etc) will find countless doors being opened for them.
Should I join Columbia MSOR?
- YES, if:
- You are self motivated and hard working, AND
- You have a good idea of what you want to do, AND
- You possess the skills to learn advanced math, stat and computing concepts in school ( read you’re not afraid of Math/computing) , AND
- You have a back up plan if you don’t get a job out of school
- NO, if:
- You ‘think’ you like finance/consulting but are not sure of it, OR
- You do not possess good mathematical skills, OR
- Not getting a job will severely impact your next 7+ years, OR
- Your financial position makes you taking a USD 50,000+ loan prohibitive, OR
- You get easily discouraged…for the job market is Nasty
I took a risk and it paid off. For some others it didn’t. Should the wheels of time turn back and I be given the choice of accepting MSOR or rejecting it, I would still accept it. I am much indebted to Columbia (and to God) for how my career turned out to be.