I agree with the most recent reviews of the NYU Tandon Finance and Risk Engineering department. However, there were some one star reviews that were deleted, they are trying to scrub the internet for bad reviews. Good tactic to better market the school, but this is not helping anyone.
If you look at other schools and compare Tier 1 schools to this, what I would consider, a Tier 3 school, there is more emphasis on learning and getting students ready for the finance industry for the former.
Some background on myself: I'm currently a second year student in the NYU Tandon FRE department, and as some students have already stated, this program is sub-par. Now, I'll reiterate the fact that the two new professors for News Analytics and Hedge Fund Strategies, the NYU Finance and Risk Engineering department has added are not industry professionals. Although they look great on paper, we know how far that gets you in the real world. I've sat in on these classes, and there was one student who really knew more than both of these professors, I believe he's an American student with some industry experience, I'm not really sure. The student knows a lot more than the professor for the Hedge Fund strategies classes and really directed the professor in the right direction. This professor does not really teach proper hedge fund strategies, and I'm really disappointed as I had to drop the class to save my money.
The department is not all that bad. There are some really good professors, such as Andrew Papanicolaou, Nassim Taleb and Peter Carr. However, three good professors cannot carry one whole department full of amateurs.
If you want to go to a school where you're forced to cheat just to keep up with the other cheaters, then by all means come to this school. If you want to learn and actually compete with the brightest minds in the world, you're better off buying 50 books related to math, computer science and finance. That'll run you around $5K to $10K, and you'll save a lot of time and money. In my honest opinion, this department seems like it's trying, to a certain degree, but here's the real kicker: the department has been burning a lot of cash hiring new professors, who are really not all that qualified to teach.
If you want some advice from a student who's been through what you have been through, the answer is: "Do not spend your money to come to NYU FRE." Tuition costs are only going to rise, and you may end up paying a lot more soon for an education that's not helpful at all. Given this information, you should consider it. The old street saying goes: "Success breeds success." If you come here your subject to the opposite of that, barring a few good professors who are of great help. When your around students who cheat and professors who allow it, this school is all about "Failure breeds failure." Please save your money cause I'm talking from experience here.
The most recent reviews below mine, are sadly, all facts. Sebastien Galy does not teach anything, and it was a complete waste of money. However, I still believe Corporate Finance and Accounting are needed. Albeit, the accounting course should make you review companies and be able to sniff out their accounting practices.
I completely agree that they currently do not have any good coding courses to get you ready for the real world, minus Financial Computing and Numerical Simulations. It's very true, I have friends in the industry and they never heard of Tandon and believe it's not even in the top 30. In terms of cost, it's way too expensive for courses that will not teach you anything. Reiterating what the student below said, there are no python, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and optimization courses. The department is full of broken promises. The newest additions to the faculty are bad as well, from what I've heard. I'm currently a second semester student, and I've heard really bad things about Kosrow Dehnad is a self-proclaimed data miner and statistician. From what I've heard, he's making students use poor statistical practices in his News Analytics class and does not even teach you how to decipher news or SEC Filings.
In addition, I'm enrolled in Hedge Fund Strategies, and the professor cancelled three lectures in a row, and is only teaching 5 lectures. I should get a full refund for this course because I did not get what I paid for and the number of lectures I was promised. Also, now I have to work under his schedule and go to class now. This should be the other way around, the professor should work around the students' schedules. He does not even teach any strategies, there was one student that actually corrected this professor multiple times in the first two lectures...and this student didn't seem like he was paying attention at all. He was busy typing on his computer and still corrected a professor that has "worked" in the industry for so long. I think that student would've been a better professor than Sudeep Gupta.
Cheating is also a big thing in this department. It's unfair to the students that actually study for hours on end and have jobs. The TAs outright send you solutions and don't even explain you the thought process behind it. I never ask for solutions, I ask for explanations because I want to learn this. There should be indifferent proctors for the exam, those that are not afraid to throw a student out of the school for cheating. I see students take out their phones, look up answers, go to the bathroom for 10 minutes (not even one student at once, but multiple students). Make this a project based school with no exams, that's how you combat this cheating. The real world does not make you take exams, the real world makes you work on projects. The department should be ashamed of giving such a poor representation of NYU. How does this school claim to bridge theory and practice, when in practice there are no exams and barely any cheaters. The students are left with no education and no skills. There are some very bright students, but they learn everything on their own and the professors can't even answer their questions.
In conclusion, you should save your money and not come to this school. I know from experience already the level their operating at is more like a high school. There are some good classes, but overall, it's not worth it to spend over $50,000 just to get a degree and take five good classes. This department is full of broken promises, they're selling students the dream, and this is by far the worst decision I've made in life, to travel thousands of miles to NYC to get what is the equivalent of a high school degree. Professors letting students cheat without a care just shows you what type of professors they're getting. Low quality. There are some good professors there, but they should all leave and go to a better school to teach.
I am a fall 2016 graduate from NYU Tandon, and the program failed to meet expectations. Sespite what these reviews have said, courses and the professors fail to get you ready for the real world. I've spent countless nights studying for courses of no use and were not practical at all. There are a few good courses, such as the course Dr. Taleb teaches.
In my honest opinion, this school is not worth the price tag whatsoever. The emphasis has been on improving and providing students with practical knowledge, but the school has been stuck in the theory aspect. Schools such as CMU, Columbia, UChicago or NYU Courant would be a better choice. The school has not released its placement numbers at all, and it did not have any courses focused on Java or Python, which is what many companies are looking for. However, they do have courses in C++, Big Data and R. Additionally, I studied under the Algorithmic Finance Track, and did not learn any algorithms at all. The topics that were taught in these classes were of no help and do not properly get you ready for a career in algo trading. I've had to spend most of my time studying on my own, and not listening to the professors because some of the material they teach is just blatantly wrong.
Please, save your time and choose another school. I am speaking from experience and have not found a job yet, despite getting a 3.9 GPA. The school is also not fond of penalizing cheaters. I have seen countless students cheat on exams, and those professors did not say anything even after bringing it to their attention. If a few students cheat, it might as well be an open book exam. There needs to be drastic changes, from creating new courses and emphasis on more projects rather than exams to get students ready for the real world.