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I think you really missed the point of my post. My point is you're not ready yet for any MA I'd consider worthy for admissions. I'm suggesting you spend a year to take some math classes, and do some research with somebody, and then apply to MA programs. I understand this would mean 3 years before you'd be able get to the starting line (1st year of your PhD), but I think it's worth it not to wind up some place where half the class or more can't get academic jobs. In that case you might as well save 7-8 years and stay in investment banking. Sure it'll take a year longer but remember you're thinking about sinking 7-8 years of your life into an MA and PhD. What's another year at that point if it guarantees that investment of 7-8 years can actually be a lot more useful.