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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Alisha Mashruwala is a Partner at OnCourse and a Harvard graduate, and is also a Psychology major with a minor in Economics

I have completed my B.A with English literature from Symbiosis, Pune and I am interested in applying for the MA English Literature program at Yale University, USA. Is it okay if I send my GRE/TOEFL scores after the deadline?
—Chandni Chokhani

Yale University will accept the GRE/TOEFL scores after the deadline. However, you should consider the following when sending in your scores:
You should make every effort to have your standardized test scores released to Yale as soon as possible.

The faculty can begin reviewing applications following the deadline of your program.

While they may have self-reported scores (that you entered in your application), no formal decision can be made until official scores are received.

Official score records received after the deadline will still be provided to the program.

I have completed my BBA from Delhi University. I am interested in studying for the Masters Program in Actuarial Science at HEC, Lausanne. Are there any Eligibility Requirements that they ask for?
— Kuntal Sharma

The Master of Actuarial Science program runs through 4 semesters and helps to develop an understanding of the actuarial principles and techniques necessary for the management of insurance companies as well as financial and savings institutions, including pension funds and social security systems.
Please consider the following Eligibility Requirements:
Basic Admission Requirements are:  A Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university in Economics, Management, Finance, Information Systems or Mathematics. Another degree or university qualification may be judged equivalent and give access to the Master’s program, with or without conditions.  Prior knowledge
Proficiency in English: TOEFL IBT: 100 points; TOEFL PBT: 600 points; Aademic IELTS: 7 points

Minimum Mathematical skills:

  • in calculus: you can use any book on calculus (differential and integral calculus), for example "Calculus and Analytic Geometry (9th Edition)" by George B. Thomas and Ross L. Finney
  • in linear algebra: again any university level linear algebra book, like "Linear Algebra and Its Applications" by David Lay, Pearson
  • in probability: again most books on probability (elementary university level) like, for example, "Introduction to Probability Models, Ninth Edition" by Sheldon M. Ross, Academic Press.

They recommend the study of the following courses prior to MScAS:

  • 2nd year Bachelor
  • Statistique et économétrie-I (Statistics & Econometrics-I) (6 credits)
  • Risk Management (3 credits)
  • Principes de finance (6 credits) (Principles of Finance)
  • 3rd year Bachelor
  • Introduction au système d'assurances sociales en Suisse (Introduction to the social insurance system in Switzerland) (3 credits)
  • Statistique et Econométrie II (Statistics & Econometrics-II) (6 credits)
  • Financial Markets (6 credits)
  • Mathématiques de la finance (Financial Mathematics)(3 credits)
  • La prévoyance professionnelle Suisse (Swiss occupational pension schemes) (3 credits)
  • Since a lot of their requirements are based on the Swiss Undergraduate system, it is recommended to contact the University prior to applying. Please send them an email along with your College Transcripts to confirm your eligibility for the program.

I am a Stock Broker and my daughter is currently studying in Grade 11. She enjoys Economics and Finance. Can you some suggest courses related to Investment Banking or Equity Investments that she can study in Singapore?
— Sanjay Mehta

The BBM (Bachelor of Business Management)  at Lee Kong Chian School Of Business (Singapore Management University), BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) at National University of Singapore and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) at Nanyang Business School (Nanyang Technical University) offer electives or majors that are related to Investment Banking/Equity Investments. Some of the courses or electives that she may consider are:  Financial Statement Analysis, Investments, Equity Securities, Financial Modelling, Alternative Investments, Finance with Concentration in : International Trading, Investment Banking, Wealth management or Financial Risk Analysis, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Financial Markets and Value Investing in Asia to name a few.

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