Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Mizzou

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  1. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Class begins on Tuesday for Term 2 but today, we are having a Zoom social with the entire cohort just to mingle and such before we jump into another stressful and busy term.

    The courses we are taking this term are:

    Applied Probability and Statistics
    Accounting and Finance
    Operations Management

    It appears that the courses utilize cases again to drive live lecture discussion. Coursework wise, it appears there are several group projects as well as individuals assignments. I will update with more detail as the term gets going and as I finish up!
     
  2. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I'm especially interested in how you find the Stats and Operations Management courses. I took an Operations Management course in my first semester in college, that focused mostly on supply chain management (forecasting inventory and that type of thing), I loved it.
     
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  3. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    It has been a while since I have updated this thread but since I just finished my 2nd term, I figured I would give a short update!

    Yet again, I finish the term with a grade of "P" in all of my courses which means I have maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout the program. Given how intense the courses are and how intelligent my classmates are, I am rather pleased with my grades. Obviously, I hope for higher, but given their anti-grade inflation approach of no more than 25% of the class can get SP (4.0), no more than 40% can get a HP (3.5) and at least 35% have to get a P (3.0) or lower (under 3.0). This means in a cohort of 40, no more than 10 students can get a SP, no more than 16 can get a HP, and at least 14 have to get a P or lower. Maybe I fall into the lower end of the intelligence scale but at the end of the day, I am still proud of myself for the accomplishments that I am achieving.

    In regards to the courses:

    Applied Probability and Statistics - Phenomenal course but very intense. A ton of advanced Excel work that unless you have a lot of experience with Excel, it is very time consuming. The Professor was incredible though and I thoroughly enjoyed his live lectures, assignments, etc.

    Operations Management - Arguably my favorite course I have taken thus far. The course was a mixture of theoretical material and case studies. Everything from Projected Capacity Utilization to Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management was covered. The Professor was very passionate about the subject and the material which made live lectures more lively and interesting.

    Accounting and Finance - The course was the least intense of the courses I have had so far. Accounting was the study of financial statement analysis and Finance dived into time value of money, stock and bond valuations, etc. The course was great though because my Accounting Professor is in the Accounting Hall of Fame and my Finance Professor was just great overall.

    In a couple of weeks I start Financial Risk Analysis, Digital Marketing, and Data Analytics and Applications. Should be a pretty fun Summer 2021 term!
     
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  4. smartdegree

    smartdegree Active Member

    Nice update. Are you allowed to take courses on campus or transfer to the on-campus program during the Summer 2021 term?
     
  5. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I do not believe so. Since it is cohort based, everything is done the same. The on-campus MQM is only 1 year in duration and aimed at students with less than 2 years of full-time work experience. Im not sure we would benefit much from that except for being able to say we took class on-campus. Other than that, our professional experience makes for some phenomenal discussion and learning. Not sure we would get that in the on-campus MQM.
     
  6. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I'm loving those course descriptions! Sounds like exactly the kind of stuff I'd like to sink my teeth into. Glad you're liking it.
     
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  7. smartdegree

    smartdegree Active Member

    Are you already in the field of Analytics/Data Science? Or are you trying to pivot to that with this MQM degree?
     
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  8. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I use analytics in my job a little bit but I am looking to move into a more technical role. The Career Management Center has been awesome and several of my classmates have already pivoted into technical roles at large companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, etc. I am still in the “decide what I want to do” stage. Lol
     
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