Thank you for your opinions.DominicConnor: It would be a "soft" finance masters degree. No real math that a quant would need, just various classes in financial management, corporate finance, financial analysis, etc.The place of work, however, is unclear. In some places you have to look for the work yourself (ie HEC Geneva)But supposing that in the case that it is more or less decent work, relevant to the coursework, I think it would be a great opportunity. Because the major problem with college is that your totally cut off from professional reality. Having a job allows you to actually get a feel to what it is like to WORK in the industry, start learning to network, and get a little perspective on what your learning in class. Even if the job was terrible, that in itself gives a lot of information. And not that the quantitative stuff isn´t interesting. I just think that it would be a lot better to get a little experience before doing it. I looked at the quant finance masters degrees, a lot of them welcome people who are already working. After four years of non stop abstract math, I should be able to get back into that sort of thing. this reasoning sound ok, or absurd?Avova: You may be right, but I am convinced for various reasons that doing a PhD is only a good idea if your really interested in the research for what it is. I dont think that doing math research has any sense or is even possible unless you are passionate about it (and incidentally, really GOOD at it). And the same argument for any kind of research.