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Calculators only for some exams at Columbia

Xiaoming-Alex Yang, a second year student in Columbia's accelerated program, comments:

At Columbia, financial calculators are always allowed if you want. However, most professors do have laptop off policy at classes while some exams only allow you to use financial calculators.

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 08:02AM by Registered CommenterPeter Regan in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Incoming Students Build Quant Skills

Blogging has been slow while I've been getting admitted students ready for their summer pre-MBA quantitative preparations.  Cornell (Johnson), Dartmouth (Tuck), and Washington St. Louis (Olin) have purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming students.  Georgetown (McDonough) will do so in the next day or so. 

Separately, admitted students from dozens of MBA programs have found their way to MBA Math on their own in recent weeks and are working through the twenty-two lessons covering Excel spreadsheets, finance, accounting, microeconomics, and statistics.  Students subscribing in the past six weeks will be attending the following prominent MBA programs in the fall: Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT, Michigan, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, USC, Stanford, UT Austin, Wake Forest, William and Mary, and Yale.

Discussion boards and regular office hour online chats provide communication between students and me and among students.

MBA Math Testimonial for Columbia

Here is a testimonial from Xiaoming Alex Yang, a first-year student at Columbia Business School and member of the MBA Math Board of Advisors, about his pre-MBA use of the MBA Math online quantitative preparation course:

I read history in undergraduate and earned my master's degree in International Relations. Pursuing an MBA after nearly 7 years' absence from classroom environment, I am kind of a poet for the business school.

Having worked in the Financial Institutions Department with the Bank of China for the past 6 years, I will soon attend the Columbia Business School. As a relationship manager, I have a good mastery of soft skillls and definitely need to sharpen my quant skills and get prepared for relevant knowledge to hit the ground running at my dream school.

To this end, the MBA Math online learning tool really gives me an opportunity to catch up and crack the nuts.
Comfort and confidence both build up in the process of self-paced learning.

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:22AM by Registered CommenterPeter Regan in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Do MBAs Need Calculus? Yes at Columbia

I received the following response from a first year who started the Columbia accelerated program in January:

1. Does your program suggest brushing up calculus skills before starting the first year?


2. Does your program provide any calculus pre-term teaching?  If yes, is it done on campus?

A little bit about derivatives was introduced at the pre-course math session.

3. Have you used calculus in your MBA studies?  If yes, in what classes?

Yes, in Microeconomics.

4. If yes to some of the above, would you recommend that prospective students interested in your program brush up on calculus before starting or just refresh their memories on the fly during their coursework?  If you suggest advance prep, would you give it low, medium, or high priority relative to other pre-MBA preparation needs (e.g., spreadsheets, accounting, finance basics).

I think the calculus content is not as challenging as spreadsheets. You'd better get more versed in spreadsheet before coming to the campus.

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 01:13PM by Registered CommenterPeter Regan in , , | CommentsPost a Comment