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MSCF Essay Questions

Essays A & B are only required of Full-time and Part-time Applicants.  Essay C is reserved for applicants to the Mathematics Certificate Program.

The maximum length per essay is 2 double-spaced pages in 12-pt. font.


Essay A (Required for Full- and Part-Time Applicants)

What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will your previous academic and professional experience contribute to help you achieve those goals, and also help you to succeed in the MSCF Program at Carnegie Mellon University?

Essay B (Required for Full- and Part-Time Applicants)

Describe your background and preparation in the four concentration areas of the MSCF program – finance, computer science, math and statistics. In particular, please detail your background in calculus-based probability. If your only exposure to probability was as part of a course that combined probability and statistics, please list the probability topics covered by this course.

Essay C (Certificate Program applicants only)

Please submit a statement of career and academic goals (This is for Certificate Program applicants only. If you are applying to a Certificate Program, please answer this essay, and do not answer Essays A or B).

ESSAY D (Optional)

Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application?

If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application. This could include clarification of your employment or academic record, choice of recommenders or helpful context for the admissions committee in reviewing your application.

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