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  1. Hi, I want to work in Econ Dev at world bank, UN, ADB and similar organizations. I'm not sure which programs to apply to that will give me the best chances to get to those jobs! Aiming at schools like GWU, IHEID, etc. Graduated: May 2019, want to apply for 2020 or 2021. Type of Undergrad: BSc. in Financial Mathematics from Canadian unranked university Undergrad GPA: CGPA (3.15), GPA last twenty credits (3.67), Math GPA (3.8)Low grades in my early years due to bad health issues. Undergrad Econ Courses: Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (B+), EnvEcon (A), Money and Banking (B+), going to take Intermediate Macro (in september) and Micro (January) Math Courses: Calc I,II,III (D-, D+, A-), Prob&Stats I,II(A-, A), Ordinary Differential Equations (A-), Partial Differential Equations (A+), Linear Algebra (A-), Applied Linear Algebra (A+), Numerical Analysis (A+), Stochastic Processes (A+), Fin Maths I,II(B+,A+) LORs: Two professors in whose classes I got A+'s. One was my thesis supervisorProgramming: R, Python, SAS, MATLABResearch Experience: Undergrad Thesis in Financial Mathematics (A+)Work experience: Data Analyst Intern at the gov , and analytics/data science role at a top bank in canada (July '19 - July '20)Questions:1. Where can I get into a decent masters in Europe, Canada, US??2. Can I do anything to strengthen my application?
  2. Let me first start off by saying that I am not doing poorly in linear algebra because I don't understand it, rather there was a misunderstanding with my professor. I had my first linear algebra exam last Wednesday. I was up very late studying for the exam, however, at around 3 am I got super sick (it was something I ate). I was legit puking every 20 minutes, I couldn't make it to my morning exam. I don't have insurance so I didn't see a doctor and get a note. I went to the dean of students, and because of that my professor gave me an offer to replace my zero exam 1 grade with 2/3 of my final exam grade. ex. if I got an 100 on the final exam, my zero will be replaced with a 66. However, the exam averages in this professors class are in the low 70's, so going off of that I will either end up with a low B or C in the class, and thats assuming I score around 10 points above average for the rest of the exams. I currently have two W's on my transcript-- one in computer science from my second semester (retaking next semester) and one in actuarial science from my third semester (he curved the class so only the top 40% passed, also changed my major so I didn't need the class). I am currently in my fourth semester, so this means that if I drop this course I will have a W on my transcript for the third semester in a row. I think this creates a poor representation of who I am as a student, as it shows that I won't be able to handle a graduate school course load because I keep dropping one course every semester. I want to get into a good graduate school for economics. I am currently double majoring in math and econ. I am a transfer, My first semester at my new school was last semester, where I got a 3.3 GPA. I am trying to get this up by getting straight A's this semester and my last two years. If my GPA still isnt high enough, I would be willing to do an extra semester or two to take extra courses. Now, I do believe that I will get A's in all of my other courses, however, I think getting a 'W' in linear algebra will make this look not as impressive. I'm thinking about staying in the course, getting a B or C, and just retaking it over the summer online. The original grade will still be on my transcript, but it won't count towards my GPA. Would grad schools look past this? What should I do? This is such a terrible situation... :/
  3. David Ampudia

    CEMFI vs GSE vs SSE

    Hi y'all! I wanted to get some insight about the programs I've so far been accepted in. As of this moment, I'm not entirely certain on the direction I'd like to take after graduate studies, but I'd definitely like to keep all options open. I've an undergrad in International Economics at UPF, +3 years of experience in macro research and I've been applying to European MSc programs (5 different applications). I'd like to focus my research on macro and monetary policy, though - as mentioned above - I'm not quite sure I would like to follow it up with a PhD program. So far, these are the schools that have accepted me: - Stockholm School of Economics: No fees due to EU passport, though not funding either. - GSE Barcelona: No funding. - CEMFI: Tuition waiver, no stipend. Waiting for replies from PSE and Zurich. Any thoughts, comments, tips, recommendations and general information you can share would be very welcome.
  4. Marina B.

    LSE 2018

    Hello! Just curious if anyone has applied to LSE for next year? I applied for the MSc in Applied Social Data Science (1st choice) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration programs late October. The website says we should expect about eight weeks to hear back, but I wonder if it might take longer given the holidays. I'd be interested to know anyone else's experience!
  5. Hello. Cynics preferred, be honest, hold nothing back. I want to study economics, stats, computational finance or something similar and hopefully connected to data science or predictive analytics. I’m graduating a year early, for what it’s worth. I want to offset the year I’m graduating by getting a better school appended to my name so I have some good long-term CEO potential. Honestly, I’m considering so many options because I’m desperate to get a better school attached to my name. I’ll be entirely up-front about that. I’ve gone to a shit undergrad school because I became homeless my senior year of high school during application season and couldn’t capitalize on the fact or write a decent letter to save my life due to my living circumstances devouring my mental sanity. However, I’ve made the most of what I have here, truly, and I want help in getting the best out of what I can. Truly appreciate all the help guys and gals! Undergrad Institution: Shitty midwest state university, ranked like 200th+ in the USA :-( Major: Mathematics, Economics… (two degrees probably) Minor: Statistics Cumulative GPA: 3.82 Major GPA, Cum.: (mathematics): 3.83 Type of Student: Domestic White male (though in no way “privileged”) Math/statistics and applicable economics Courses: Undergraduate: calc 1, 2, 3 (AB exam pass, B, A), intro differential eqns (A), Applied stat. methods (A), Business Statistics (A, econ), Set theory and Logic (A), intro to linear algebra (A), Linear Algebra (A), Theory of probability (A), Statistical Theory 1, 2 (A,A), Intro to Real analysis (B present), Capstone Math (A), Econometrics 1, 2 (A, forecasting an A, econ) graduate: (Spring 2018) Linear Statistical Models (A) GRE: V: 161, Q: 165, W: 5.5 (88%, 89%, 96%) ... the low quant is why I’m essentially aiming at schools ranked 12-20… I’m a realist. :-( GRE Mathematics Subject Test: N/A Research Experience: 2 NSF funded programs and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program (national program) ==> 5 semesters total of research experience of 6 semesters in college: -one is research in financial math (SUAMI) which was summer 2017 at Carnegie Mellon, very competitive to get in. -the other NSF funded one was at my University in a small group -Rest was with the McNair program: one of my projects was meh, I made a computer program for calculating Ducci numbers or something, my second one was better studying nonparametric estimation (Kernel density estimation) proving the bias and the expectation, as well as learning some R. My third one is a lot better, moving on from NP KDE to quantreg (simulation and more) I’ll design a user-friendly interface in java for large data sets (never-seen-before type of thing) and I will couple this with a quantile regression simulation and application for value at risk of stocks on the S&P or DJIA. -continuing a research project with my research partners from Carnegie Mellon trading stocks, and doing stuff with quarterly earnings (completely profitable program, 0 loss thus far, quite phenomenal tbh) Leadership roles: Chess club president (3 semesters), Actuarial Science Club president (2 semesters), Table Tennis Club treasurer (founded), Political organization Vice president Awards: Deans list, departmental scholarship(s), McNair program, Mason's scholarship, 3 local scholarships other: Actuarial Exams… P/1 passed 01/2017 and FM/2 sitting 04/2018 Program. Languages… Java, C, Python, LaTeX Software & Tools… Minitab, all Microsoft Suite, SPSS, STATA, & R Recommendations: 3 from research experiences (1 REU at Carnegie Mellon, 2 at my university), and my last 1 from class (he had me in like 6 classes though). I can surely state that 2 of my recommenders will write phenomenal letters, the one from CMU is probably going to be good (mainly affirming my research strength), and my class-only recommender will write a great one, but he has only had me in class so it should be discounted. (2 Ph.ds from Rice University, 1 from Iowa state [rather well-known in math education], and 1 from Washington state) Programs I'm Interested In: Top 20 Stats Ph.D./Masters (better if they have Machine learning classes), Top 5–12 Computational finance programs, Top Economics (not the top 4-5, I’m realistic here lmao) order matters (tentative on the Masters or Ph.D.) Carnegie Mellon (economics masters or Ph.D., MSCF, statistics MSP or Ph.D.)... meet the score requirements except for MSCF Berkeley (Econ masters or Ph.D., statistics masters or Ph.D., MFE finance engineering) UPenn (statistics, economics MA or Ph.D.) Umich ann arbor (economics) Princeton (finance masters) Columbia (econ masters or Ph.D.) UMN (applied economics Ma or Ph.D.) UCLA (econ masters or Ph.D.) Please criticize me or bring in some realism. I'd love to just chat about writing a better application too. I believe I can write a great personal statement since writing is honestly my strength, above all else to be frank, and if people want to call or email about this process, I'd be more than willing (restricting it to weekends though). Just my two cents below... My personal thoughts and worries: ... I know what you're thinking, I got to a small school... its only known for aviation, rural medicine, and hockey. I know this will ding me the most; professor Shreve at CMU in the MSCF program said so, additionally, they’ll have to evaluate my school to see if it’s good enough to even consider me. (ouch) I really want to go to CMU. IDC what for tbh, economics or stats. I believe I have a shot since I did research there and have at least 1 recommender from CMU, informally I could get another. my quant sucks, but I’ve gotten 165 twice so I’m rather shit out of luck tell me if I should retake it, I have a chance on the 26th of October (planned, but may cancel it) my recommenders will be great my research experience is great my leadership experience is great
  6. Hey everyone, I am applying next fall to Econ PhDs, shooting for something in the top 15. I had a 3.8 in undergrad in International Affairs - although had a B+ in a Principles of Macro class, and I'm finishing up a Master's in Development Economics with a 3.9 including a few A+'s in upper level theory and econometrics classes. 95th percentile quant GREs. About 2 years of solid RA experience and an internship at a leading development research group. My math backround is as follows: A in Calc for Business and Economics (UG), As in several statistics courses (UG), A in Elementary Linear Algebra (UG), A in Introduction to Formal Methods (UG), A- in Real Analysis (Graduate), A- in Math for Economists (Graduate). I decided to take Calc III this semester despite never really going through the normal calc sequence to try to check the calc box for admissions committees, and the class is killing me!!! I think that there is a very small chance I'll get anything more than a C. My question is how much would a W hurt my application? Given time and money constraints I won't be able to take another calc class before its time to apply next fall. Thanks for any advice you have.
  7. I just got my GRE scores: AW 4.5, V 170, Q 170. I feel a bit bad about my writing score. The other two measures are great obviously, and the V much better than I expected. I will apply for a Econ PhD this fall, and aim at the top 10-15. I know it's tough to get accepted, but my GPA is strong and so are my letters. I'm only concerned about my writing score. Do you think I should retake the GRE? By doing so I'll most likely spoil my perfect scores in the other two sections. Fyi: I'm an international applicant. Not sure if this makes any difference...
  8. Profile: My areas of interest: International Economics/Trade (Trade and Development). GRE—308(149V,159Q,4AWA), TOEFL—93(R23,L19,S24,W27), Publications—2 papers published in IOSR- JEF (Areas: Macroecon, Trade) MSc(Econ),School of Economics, Symbiosis International University (‘14–’16)—3.12/ 4.0 BSc(Physics with Mathematics and Statistics) from Fergusson College (‘11- ‘14)— 80.33/100
  9. Hi, Could I please get some thoughts on deciding where to accept? Living standards, preferences, money aside - I just want to gather which department people find better. I am leaning towards macro in my studies. In my opinion, they are fairly similar in rankings. I know that some people are much better informed about the development of the departments. Do you think in 5 years NYU will be better than NW? As of now it seems NW is still a bit more prestigious but NYU is rising? I know it is not an easy question and it "really depends" but I am sure that you understand I am just trying to use every possible way of gathering info. Thanks!
  10. Could anyone help to give me some idea which test score I should choose to send for econ phd application? I am not American. 1. V-159 Q-167 AW-3.5 2. V-151 Q-170 AW-4 My college lists for application is UCD, U of Maryland, Boston U, UVA, Boston College, Georgetown U, Rice U, UCSC, GWU, Emory U, CUNY, UCR, U of Houston, U of Connecticut, Georgia tech, UNC-Chapel hill, North Carolina State, Claremont, Clemson.
  11. Hi I live in DC currently working as an RA at the IMF. Hoping to apply for phd econ next fall. Im not sure what type of schools to apply to in order to give myself a realistic chance. I have 92 percentile GRE quant and am considering retaking it. I have one master's in econ from johns hopkins (3.78 gpa) and another from my home country. My undergrad was in business so Im not the conventional econ/math applicant so I definitely dont expect to get into a top 15 ranked school. Any advice what sort of schools I should look into ? Thanks. SMH
  12. chardee_macdennis

    Funded Master's Econ Programs?

    Does anyone know of any funded masters programs for economics (preferably located somewhere near Philadelphia/NYC area)? I am a convert from physics to econ and so I don't have a good feel for the econ graduate landscape. I know for hard sciences there are usually grant funded master's programs as long as you are willing to be a TA/RA. For example, my girlfriend just got done a Masters in Biology and was able to get a TAship that offered full tuition plus a 20K stipend. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  13. chardee_macdennis

    Crossroads

    This is my first post (so far I have just obsessively refreshed the results ) I have had a rough go round this application cycle with regards to top 25 programs (0/8/2 accepted/rejected/waiting). I believe my biggest weakness was not having a degree from a prestigious university. I was able to get into 2 "safe" schools and am sort of at a crossroads: Should I apply to prestigious masters programs and reapply PhD after completion or accept admission to "safe" school? Can you transfer out of a PhD program with a masters after qualifying exams (I assume this is very unprofessional). Any advice is much appreciated! A little background on myself: I have a BS in Physics and a BA in Econ from Rutgers-Camden. My GRE is 159/167/4 (V/Q/A) I have multiple publications and conference presentations in materials science. I have taught courses at Rutgers for the Physics department. P.S. I'd like to congratulate all of those that were accepted into their top choice(s).
  14. Wondering if anyone out there has taken the waiver examination to get out of the micro/macro intermediate economic requirement prior to starting at SAIS? I was accepted to the IDEV program and told I could take the test, but should I fail, I would be kicked out of the IDEV program and have to choose another path. Don't want to take this risk, but also was an economics major as an undergrad and took several econ classes. Just not sure what level the test is at.... Assuming I will play it safe and take the econ class in the pre-term, but wondering if anyone had any feedback? Likewise - looking for feedback on the language examination as well. What level of fluency is required?
  15. Lets say I get a 3.2-3.3 undergraduate GPA. I then go to a mid-level master's program(30th-60th) and get a 3.6-3.8. With a high GRE score (Q: 760+), can you get into a top 20 PhD program? Essentially, can a good GRE and masters work almost erase your undergraduate work? I am currently a Stats/Econ major, but I am looking at many different options and so I was just looking for generalities. Thanks!
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