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Want to go into Financial Engineering and can't decide on major

euioeuioeuioeuio 0 replies3 threads New Member
After college, I want to get a MFE, but I don't know what I should major in. "Engineering Mathematics and Statistics" sounded interesting and is applicable to financial engineering, but I have never heard of this major anywhere else. Have any of you guys? I was also considering computer science but you can only get a BA at UCB unless you major in EECS, which is apparently very difficult. If anyone else has any ideas, I'd be glad to hear them.
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  • bigwordsbigwords 107 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited September 2015
    Double in CS and Applied Math or Stats. You could minor in CS if you wanted to but with Applied Math its literally one more class to get the double.

    Also the BA doesn't matter. Grad schools will care about your coursework more than anything else.

    As a side note, coming out of Berkeley as an undergrad with CS/Applied Math will probably get you the same compensation as an MFE would. Just saying. After taking some CS courses your preferences might change, so I would keep an open mind.
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  • NerdyparentNerdyparent 780 replies83 threads Member
    ^seconding the vote for math major/mathematical statistics
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 82704 replies738 threads Senior Member
    Any of the following L&S majors, with appropriate in-major and out-of-major elective choices, can be suitable:

    applied math
    computer science*
    economics (math-heavy)*
    operations research and management science*

    *These majors have capped enrollment, so you need a high enough GPA in the prerequisites to declare these majors.

    In the CoE, the following may be applicable to some extent, though the elective space may be less:

    electrical engineering and computer science
    engineering math and statistics
    industrial engineering and operations research

    Recommended prerequisites for the MFE program at Berkeley are listed at http://mfe.berkeley.edu/academics/prerequisites.html .
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