First of all, what are the differences among these terms: 1. quantitative trading 2. algorithmic trading 3. mechanical trading 4. black box trading What education discipline is most relevant to a quant trading career? Financial engineering? Statistics? Computer Science? Or is it more multidisciplinary? I am an outsider and if I want to go back to school with the goal of eventually becoming a quant trader, what program should I aim for? Any advice is appreciated.