I'll offer a digest version of my earlier post that appeals to shorter attention spans. I'm considering the pursuit of a graduate degree in statistics. My CV in a nutshell: Math Major: 3.6 GPA (in major) GRE: 159 V / 167 Q Research experience: Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS), Undergraduate Project: reproduced results from Tibshirani 1996 Programming experience: R, SAS, VBA 1. What tier program can I soberly aim for? Berkely, Davis, and/or CSU? Should I bother applying to top 10 programs? 2. What opportunities are eliminated in pursuing MA in Stat versus a PhD? Any advice is appreciated.