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  1. Lmntry

    Measure Me Up - Econ

    Hello! I just wanted to see how I measured up. I am applying to MS and MA Econ programs - I picked a few very selective programs and a few not-very-selective programs. I am very passionate about Economic research. I thought going for a MS/MA before applying to a PhD program would at least give me the advantage of grad-level econometrics, a few better reference letters, some data science experience, and maybe a paper or something to speak to. While I know I’m not cut for top-15 (who knows, maybe not top 50) I wonder if I am competitive as a candidate at all. Basically, I plan to apply and if I don’t get in anywhere, my next step would be to continue working full-time, taking math classes, and learning R on the side. Undergrad: Anonymous, Nobody-Cares State School. Undergrad Major: Accounting with a minor in Econ. I’m currently enrolled in calc 1, as I skated around this requirement somehow. I do have Intermediate Micro and Trade Theory under my belt? Undergrad GPA: 3.56 LOR: 2 undergrad Econ professors, and my former employer SOP: I ran away from home as a teenager and worked on home renovations in 2008, I put myself through college and developed a strong interest in public economics over time. I am interested in studying upward mobility in urban environments from an economic perspective. Age: 27, soon to be 28 😢 Work Experience: 3 years private accounting, two in legal, one in non-profit GRE*: 159 Q/ 156V/ 4.8 writing (85%? I feel a little cheated here) *taken twice; the previous quant score was worse, but my previous writing score was a 98% somehow. Not sure if everyone cares about that section. Am I going to be shunned now because I didn’t break 160+ on the Quant?
  2. Dear All, I am applying to some US Universities for a Ph.D. in Economics. I would like to request if someone from among you, with the relevant background, would volunteer to review my Statement of Purpose. Thanks.
  3. So, Fletcher School at Tufts University has been my dream school for some time now. I got admitted into MALD and want to specialise in Development Economics but also take a few classes in Social Entreprenurship and International Political Economy. The flexibility of the MALD degree allows me to do that. I am particularly drawn to the cross registration option with Harvard and would love to take Social Entrepreneurship classes at Harvard Business School and also build some contacts. My problem is funding. I have received funding of $24k for two years (12k per year) from Fletcher. Still, the tuition plus living cost comes up to $117k. My relative is lending $67,000 and I have to take a loan of $ 50,000. I come from a middle class family in India. After the MALD degree, I am eligible for 1 year OPT in USA as an international student but after that it is the dreaded H1B lottery and purely depends on chance. I cannot pay off such a high debt earning in my local currency. I also have an offer from Austalian National University (ANU) in Canberra, ranked among top 25 universities in the world by QS rankings, for a Master in International and Development Economics. While not terribly cheap, the total cost is $ 40k less than Fletcher. Australia also allows international students guaranteed stay for 2 years after the degree and it is easy to stay on afterwards till debt is paid off. I have applied for a few full and partial scholarships for ANU but the results have not yet been declared. However, Fletcher has always been my “dream school” and I wasn’t so happy as I am now for a long time until I got the Fletcher offer letter. My head says ANU but my heart says Fletcher. I like that I can take a few IPE and Social Entrepreneurship classes along with Development Economics at Fletcher as opposed to pure Development Economics at ANU. However, the ANU degree is highly quantitative, comparable to MPA/ID level of Econ and Maths at Harvard, and I have heard that such a degree has better scope at IFIs and development consulting, and better prospects than an IR degree with specialisation in Development. I have the following doubts: 1) Is Fletcher School worth a debt of $ 50k plus interest and then repayment of $ 67k to my relative? The chances of further scholarship at Fletcher seem slim. 2) Is the name Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) misleading to employers in the development sector outside USA? I ask this because Fletcher does not mention specialisation pursued on its transcripts. 3) To former and current Fletcher students: I know the cross registration option with Harvard exists on paper but how easy is it to actually take classes at Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School and form some useful contacts? Is it worth going to Fletcher for this reason? 4) Is it better to go to Fletcher or ANU? I want to work in development consulting or an IFI but some part of me also wants start a Social Entreprise in future and I cannot help but think the broader education in USA will help me in this. The ANU curriculum goes very deep into a narrow subject area while the Fletcher curriculum seems to go superficialy across a range of disciplines. At least, that is my impression. Note: Harvard Kennedy School and SAIS are beyond my budget without fellowships so I did not apply. @Kaneisha and @ExponentialDecay would highly appreciate your inputs. Thanks!
  4. Hi all-- I'm having trouble choosing which econ course to take to fulfill the requirements at SAIS/SFS/etc. In undergrad, I took Intro to Econ and Environmental Economics. The former can count for micro or macro, and the latter counts for neither, but it focused more on macro. Note that this was all 3-4 years ago. In school, I'm interested in studying International Political Economy, which is definitely macro-focused, but want to be as prepared as possible for the intermediate/advanced econ courses I might take. These are my thoughts: 1. Take macro because it's more relevant & easier 2. Take micro because it's harder, will look better (maybe?), and I have less experience with it 3. Take the SAIS Online Principles of Economics course which covers both (but it's 2 wks longer than single subj courses & maybe not as in-depth) Thoughts? I'm probably thinking too hard about this but would appreciate some input!
  5. I’ve been accepted to a number of masters programs, of which I’m seriously considering the following: - LSE's Msc. in Economics (2 year programme) - Duke's MS in Economics and Computation (40% tuition waiver) - Columbia's MA in Economics - NYU's MA in Economics - Tuft's MS in Economics (80% tuition waiver plus TAship) I currently work as an analyst for a government agency with a pretty heavy research component. My goal is to eventually pursue a PhD, though I’m not as competitive a candidate as I’d like to be quite yet (missing certain courses, eg real analysis, and less than stellar grades during first half of college). The plan is to use this degree as a sort of Econ post-bacc, and maybe a launching point for a better RA position (I’ve applied to a ton, but never made it past the final round). Any thoughts on where I should go? Leaning towards Duke currently.
  6. 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... :/
  7. Industrial Engineer (Top 20 Engineering schools in country) GPA: 3.6/4 MBA Finance GPA: 3.8/4 MA Economics (Top 10 US Econ school) GPA: 3.2/4 3 solid recommendations from people who work in my field of interest. Relatively well known in their areas. Field of Interest: Labor & Development Econ + Climate Policy GRE : 164Q, 158V Publication - A chapter in a book on Intergenerational Mobility. I am wondering what chances do I stand for a decent PhD Econ program - Top 50 US departments. I am also giving some thought to Public Policy program. Any guidance would be helpful.
  8. fariat14

    BUSINESS ANALYTICS FROM ECONOMICS

    HELLO I HAVE DONE MY UNDERGRAD IN ECONOMICS. CAN I DO MASTERS IN BUSINESS ECON OR BUSINESS ANALYTICS IN CANADA? WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GETTING A GOOD FUND?
  9. l.d.damono

    Tilburg: MRes in Economics

    To all, I am a student attending the last years of a MSc in Economics at Autonoma Barcelona (University within top 75 QS ranking, GPA 4.0, GRE Q 164, good reference letters). I would like to specialize my study towards macroeconomics and financial economics. After applying for Tilburg, I finally got accepted in the Master in Research without funding. Up to now, it's the only option I've got for continuing my studies (I've applied just for three phd positions). Do you believe it's still worth to accept the offer? How actually good is Tilburg's Mres? Should I wait for next year for applying to other phd much more valid (after retaking the GRE)? Furthermore, I would like to ask you whether you are aware of the net for visiting students? How is Tilburg considered among other European university? Has Tilburg any link with US universities? These are more or less my doubts, because constructing an objective idea about this offer and computing the pros and cons is not an easy task. If you know any information, please share! Thank you in advance.
  10. Hi everyone, I'm interested in the online Master of Science degree in Applied Economics at the University of North Dakota. I currently live in North Dakota, and am curious if anyone has been in this program or knows anything more about it that can't be gleaned from the program website. Thanks.
  11. Could anyone please help me with the following: I'm applying for Econ and edu in Teachers College Columbia 2018fall. I realized the program late and submitted on Mar 3. I finished undergrad in UCL, UK with GPA 3.65 and GMAT 710, and some econ and finance related internship experience. But I partly focused on education in my personal statement. Is there any possibility that I can get in? When will be the possible decision time? (I'm facing deposit choices from UCSD and JHU...) Thanks
  12. Hey there, I just completed my Bsc in Economics and I want to go abroad in order to: learn another language, get a stronger degree (my university is not globally recognized as I wish it was) I ended up with several applications and I've been admitted in: Msc in Economics at Heidelberg University Msc in Economics at Koln (Cologne University) Msc in Economics at FAU (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) Msc in Finance at SDU (University of Southern Denmark). I think I'd enjoy the Msc in Finance, but I do understand that nowadays the brand is a thing. Therefore since I liked micro, macro, etc., I am oriented on the German side of the list, especially between Cologne and Heidelberg . Do you guys have any recommendation or experience you want to share? I spoke to a random guy who studied Msc in Economics at Heidelberg and, according to him, it's a super difficult programme which is rarely completed in 4 semesters.
  13. Hi! My name is Dung Le and I’m from Vietnam. I have a desire to pursue a PhD in economics in a top-20 graduate school in the USA, but I feel that, with a background of undergraduate in Vietnam and having no master degree, my dream will not come true. So I’m thinking of taking a master degree in Toulouse school of economics (TSE) or Paris school in economics (PSE) as an intermediate step. I have two LoRs, one from a professor at PSE and the other from a professor at TSE, so it is very likely that I will be accepted for admission from TSE and PSE. Please help me with my questions! 1. I heard from one of my friends that TSE and PSE are respected for their theoretical and mathematics-focused teaching style and curriculums. Is this insight correct? 2. Is master degree from TSE or PSE highly recognized in top graduate school in the USA (Chicago, MIT, Stanford, …)? 3. If I study well (top 5 in class) in the Master program from TSE or PSE, is it possible for me to be admitted to top PhD in economics in the USA? 4. Between PSE and TSE, which one is best suited for me if my goal is to be admitted in top PhD in economics in the USA? Below are master programs in these two schools. a. Public Policy and Development – PSE https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/teaching/masters-program/ppd-public-policy-and-development/ b. Analysis and Policy in Economics - PSE https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/teaching/masters-program/ape-analysis-policy-in-economics/ c. Master 1 in Economics (international track) – TSE https://www.tse-fr.eu/master-1-economics-international-track d. Master 1 in Econometrics and Statistics (international track) - TSE https://www.tse-fr.eu/master-1-econometrics-and-statistics-international-track 5. In Master 1 Econometrics and Statistics (international track), I see that there are apparently two options in which the first one is Decisions Mathematics Path and the second one is Statistics and Applied Econometrics Path. You can find the curriculums of these two paths at https://www.tse-fr.eu/master-1-econometrics-and-statistics-international-track . Please elaborate on the differences, and pros and cons between these two paths. Thank you so much for your help!
  14. Hi all, I am from Pakistan, currently doing MS Economics (Research intensive) and planning to apply for PhD Economics later this year. My priority is to get into programs at Ivy Leagues / LSE or PSE but i am little confused as i don't have maths undergrad background. I did business studies in Bachelor's and after that having two years of field research experience (funded by UN / WHO). To complement research work, i started MPhil Economics with thesis and would be completed by December this year with CGPA around 3.7. I heard top institute looks for applicants with strong maths background, if thats the case then what should i do now to make them feel i am a potential candidate? I have done Calculus 1, Calculus 2 (Harvard Anton), Business Maths & Linear Algebra (David C Lay), Intro to Stats, Statistical Inference during Bachelor's. In Masters, I have studied Maths for Economist (Simon Blume) and Mathematical Stats & Linear Algebra. I can further take additional course like Real Analysis at my current University. Please guide me how should i make my application stronger? Thanks Buddies!
  15. Hi I have been extremely lucky in being accepted into two great universities for my masters. Before I provide the details of the programmes, here is a little bit about my background. I hold a Bachelors in Business Studies from a reputed Indian university. My interest in economics is mostly fuelled by textbooks, online courses and, a few introductory courses at college. I plan to get a job after my master's programme somewhere in the development policy sector. Georgetown University: Pros: DC hence internship opportunities, math camp, more quantitative courses Cons: Expensive, not a lot of research opportunities Penn State University: Pros: Cheaper, a thesis component, PhD level courses- they are taught separately to masters programme. In the second year, can choose from PhD field courses. Cons: Small city, new programme Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You
  16. Hello all, I am new to GradCafe (although I have updated the results page at least 3947202749358 times for my two rounds of grad school admissions over the years). My decision is between two fairly different schools/programs: 1) Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) Masters at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and 2) Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) at the University of Chicago (UChicago) Harris School of Public Policy. Both seem to have a good reputation in their own realm, but some pros and cons for both (as I see them): PSE Pros: - Thesis degree (I already have a non-thesis MS in Biomedical Engineering, and it doesn't really mean much because of the lack of research.) - Economics degree (Ultimately I am interested in sound policy, but more from the public and developmental economics perspective.) - Combining the first two, it opens doors to an econ PhD if I discover I really like academia - PSE has decent name recognition (6th in RePEc), especially with Thomas Piketty PSE Cons: - Paris (Definitely a pro in many ways, especially since I love Paris, but I am from the US, so people back home may harbor less-than-fair feelings.) - I am afraid the econ theory is going to overwhelm the inner engineer in me, who cares more about empiricism than assumptions that don't hold in real life UChicago Pros: - Data science, machine learning focused, compared to traditional MPPs (I have interests/a background in machine learning and pattern recognition from my first masters.) - Interdisciplinary with computer science (I've used Matlab, Python, and R for school, but I am definitely lacking, and could use more theory in data structures, algorithms, etc.) - Practice over theory (Internship required between the two years) - UChicago name (Although it's not their econ department, I feel like the university is generally more known than PSE... Economists feel free to chime in!) UChicago Cons: - Non-thesis degree (I don't know if it's worth getting another masters without research, especially if I end up wanting to apply to econ PhD programs.) - I have heard policy jobs can be held by econ grads while the other way is not always true (CBO, World Bank, UNDP, etc.) Please assume money is not a problem; I have ways to fund both programs. Please help!
  17. Hi All, My first post here, I have received acceptances from the University of Florida and Kansas State University for the Ph.D. Agricultural Economics program. Could you guys please help me make a decision on the basis of program strength, liveability as an international student, and ranking for career prospects. My focus of research is on the impact of price volatility (of agri commodities when sold by the farmers in the market) on the vulnerability of small farmers towards poverty and rural inequality. It includes price uncertainty, asymmetric information, price variability, and farmer poverty themes. P.S. I have to make the decision quickly, so prompt responses highly appreciated.
  18. My bachelor's is a three year course, and I'm entering the third. I desperately want to get into a good grad school for behavioral economics. Here are my details: - GPA: Indian equivalent of 2:1 is stated as 3.3, and that is the requirement for most schools. My GPA is currently 3.51, but it will dip significantly because of a terrible semester owing to health issues and hospitalization (down to 3.0-ish, I assume). My college doesn't offer semester retakes. I have a year to build it back up, so I'm hoping to do well now. - TOEFL/GRE: Haven't taken yet - Subjects: Major in economics, minors in psychology and sociology, and my two semester electives are quant and physics. - Work: I've done one research assistantship under a renowned Indian economist, and one research project for an NGO. Both incorporated some aspect of Behavioral Economics and were great experiences. I have the time to do one more internship before I apply. - Academic projects: I have 6 unpublished projects in economics and psychology. (our college makes us work like crazy) - Publications: I have 2 journal publications, 2 op-eds, and I co-authored a chapter in a PhD. - Extra curriculars: I do not have any awards but I have been featured and recognized extensively for my music and social activism, and I co-founded a web based social activism portal. What can I do better? How do I move forward? Do I have the chance to get into a top school despite my GPA?
  19. supergirl1

    PhD admission deferral

    Hi community, I have been admitted in my dream school for an Economics PhD in Europe. Immediately after I applied this year, I got a job offer from the IMF, which, given the uncertainty around admissions, I readily took up. I like working here but without a PhD, there is a glass ceiling so I definitely want to get a PhD still and am very happy with this particular school. I wanted to defer admission for a year and gain some exposure in my new job before moving on to a PhD next year. How likely is it to be granted, given the circumstances? Any suggestions or advice is welcome.
  20. I am struggling to choose between these schools for a masters in economics. Which do you think has the best training?
  21. Hi all, I am a junior year student thinking about applying for a finance/economics phd program and I need advice on how to improve my profile/what schools to apply for. Here is my background: Undergraduate: Top 10 US Ivy, major in applied math and minor in econoimcs, GPA 3.8 Research interest: macro-finance, behavioral finance, asset pricing GRE: haven't taken Math/engineering courses: Linear Algebra, ODE, PDE, dynamical systems, probability/stats, stochastic process, optimization, financial engineering, real analysis, numerical methods Econ courses: micro/macro, econometrics, financial econ, behavioral finance, game theory, time series. Research experience: currently writing a thesis on macro-finance, under the supervision of a young econ professor and an operations research professor. Also doing a project with an adjuct faculty in operation research on data science. Also will do a summer research in finance in a top quantitative hedge fund which is very academic. Recommendation: one from thesis advisor, an operations research professor slightly related to finance/econ, one from an econ professor who guided my thesis. Potential third one from the adjuct data scientist I worked for but I am concerned with the weights of a LOR from an adjuct faculty. Here is my concerns: 1. I am thinking of working 1-2 years in investment industry doing research since it can open my eyes and find more interesting/realistic topics to do research. How hard is it to go back to phd program in finance after working in the industry for a couple of years? 2. None of my professors seems to have a strong influence in finance research. Should I switch to another well known professor but may not know me too well? 3. Any suggestions on the type of schools I should apply for? I am aiming for top 10 financial econ programs, with Booth, NYU stern and Harvard being my top choice. Am I being to ambitious? Thanks.
  22. Hi, This is more of a question than discussion. on 28th Feb, 2018 i had a skype interview with Faculties of University of New Hampshire's economics department. After that I have not heard anything from them. Have anyone got any call? How was the interview? I mean, what was their approach? Can anyone give me any first hand Idea about thier program? So, far my knowledge is restricted within the info obtained from web page. Thanks in advance!
  23. ameliad

    Pros/Cons of LSE?

    Anyone who's completed a 1 year Master's at LSE able to speak to the pros/cons of the school? I was recently accepted to the MSc in Conflict Studies and would love some input on the benefits and drawbacks of the program/school/city. Anything at all would help!
  24. 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.
  25. Hello, all! I am in desperate need of advice. I applied this cycle to 9 PhD programs in Public Policy and was rejected from all 9. While this is largely speculative, I believe my biggest weakness in terms of my apps was my lack of quantitative/math/econ training (qualitative BA and less than stellar GRE score of 156). Aside from that, strong undergrad GPA from UC Berkeley, senior honors thesis focused on policy, 1.5 years of research/evaluation experience in the industry, 2 years of RA work for 2 professors. I now have the opportunity to complete an MA and hopefully compensate for the quantitative gaps in my CV. I am hoping for input on which program I should pursue (in other words, which program would be most impressive to admissions committees and provide the best prep for a PhD in Public Policy/Economics). 1. LSE, Social Research Methods 2. Oxford, Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation 3. NYU, Applied Quantitative Research 4. Columbia, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 5. Chicago, Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods Please help!!
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