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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. Hi all, I am currently deciding between the SAIS MA and Fletcher MALD programs. Though Fletcher has offered some funding, and is close to my family in Massachusetts, SAIS still holds a lot of appeal for me in its lofty reputation, harder analytical 'edge,' and the opportunity to spend my first year in Bologna. However, I am worried that as a mediocre-to-poor math student, the quantitative requirements could really overburden me. Hoping for an insider's perspective! Basically, I really do not do well with math, much less enjoy it. I avoided stats and calculus in high school, and took zero math classes in college, so my most recent math coursework was "finite math," trig, and pre-calculus about 10 or 11 years ago. Even with a considerable review, I got a 155 on the gre quant section. I'd like to think I'm not quite the 'math defeatist' I once was; I am willing to put in the work, and I think having practical applications for learned skills readily available would help motivate me. But suffice it to say, the mathy stuff would at least be stressful, and at most, overshadow the whole experience. I am more comfortable with, and interested in Econ than straight math. I took introductory micro and macro classes last summer as I was preparing to apply to IR programs, earned A's in both, and enjoyed the material quite a bit. However, they were conceptually based courses, and I do not know how I would get by in a calculus-based econ course at SAIS. So that's it really. If I'm spending the time and money to go to grad school, I do want to acquire hard skills. On some level I want to have that requirement imposed upon me. But I am worried that with no real math background, I might be setting myself up to fail at a program like SAIS. I would love input from anyone in a similar situation, and especially any current or former SAIS students who have been through it! Thanks everyone, and good luck with your own decisions.
  9. I am struggling to choose between these schools for a masters in economics. Which do you think has the best training?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. Hi all, I am currently deciding between the SAIS MA and Fletcher MALD programs. Though Fletcher has offered some funding, and is close to my family in Massachusetts, SAIS still holds a lot of appeal for me in its lofty reputation, harder analytical 'edge,' and the opportunity to spend my first year in Bologna. However, I am worried that as a highly mediocre math student, the quantitative requirements could really overburden me. Hoping for an insider's perspective! Basically, I really do not do well with math, much less enjoy it. I avoided stats and calculus in high school, and took zero math classes in college, so my most recent math coursework was "finite math," trig, and pre-calculus about 10 or 11 years ago. Even with considerable review I got a 155 on the GRE quant section. I'd like to think I'm not quite the 'math defeatist' I once was; I am willing to put in the work, and I think having practical applications for learned skills readily available would help motivate me. But suffice it to say, the mathy stuff would be at least a struggle, and at most, an actual detriment to the overall experience. I will say I am more comfortable with and interested in Econ than straight math. I took introductory micro and macro classes last summer as I was preparing to apply to IR programs, earned A's in both, and enjoyed the material quite a bit. However, they were conceptually based courses, and I do not know how I would do in a calculus-based econ course at SAIS. So that's it really. If I'm spending the time and money to go to grad school, I do want to acquire hard skills; on some level I want to have that requirement imposed upon me. But I am worried that with no real math background, I might be setting myself up to fail at a program like SAIS. I would love input from anyone in a similar situation, and especially any current or former SAIS students who have been through it! Thanks everyone, and good luck with your own decisions.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!!
  17. Hello everyone, Recently I got admission from GSEFM Frankfurt, PhD in Economics program. The admission letter indicates there is no funding for the first year but I may work as RA or TA since the second year. I am considering whether I should accept it, so could any insiders be nice to provide some information about the funding situation? Do most students in the economics track get assistantships in the second year? I quite like the program but it will be a problem for me if I come to Frankfurt and find still no funding after one year. Does anyone have related information?
  18. With 2018 well under way, I have to wonder if the theories American economist, Micheal Porter, created at the start of his career are still valid?
  19. 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... :/
  20. Hey everyone, this is my first post - thanks in advance for the input. So, I graduated less than a year ago in economics from a good university with a 3.06 GPA. I've worked for the state government for more than a year, doing internal audit and recently realized that I want to do a PhD in counseling psychology. A psychologist I saw with some regularity during my undergrad was thrilled at the prospect of me going into counseling psych and even wrote me a letter of recommendation (I sent in an application in December to the my Alma Mater just to see if it stuck; I wasn't accepted, but didn't expect to be given than I'd only decided on counseling psychology in October). I've been planning on applying this next cycle (Dec. 2018) in hopes of being admitted in the Fall of 2019. I've been thinking that I'll apply to 12 PhD programs, but am planning on hedging my bets with some master's applications in marriage and family therapy, social work, and even sociology. A master's degree may be a good option as it would remediate my sub-standard GPA and give me relevant research experience. What do you think, given my credentials? -3.06 GPA in economics (business management minor) -Fluent in Spanish from two year volunteer experience -1 month USAID funded research experience in Lima, Peru - development economics -159 Q 154 V (Didn't study the first time, but have recently gotten 320+ scores on multiple practice tests) -Recently quit my job with the state, and have just accepted a full-time position working as a case manager at a facility for those who are chronically homeless and mentally ill -Volunteer research position doing meta-analysis on religiosity and well-being (looking to do research for one more professor in free time) Would I be best off just focusing on master's degrees for now (and then applying to PhD programs), or do I have a chance at PhD programs if I do well on the GRE and build up more psych research experience?
  21. G.T.

    Fall 2018 Admissions

    Hello everybody, The time is approaching when the admission results for Fall 2018 are starting to roll out. As far as I know Ohio State University is the first one in announcing admission results. One of my friends has already received academic from OSU Economics. Let's use this thread and share our admission results for Fall 2018 Economics PhD.
  22. Dear all, I'm trying to decide whether to accept UChicago or Caltech for PhD in Economics starting Fall 2018. UChicago Econ is obviously a higher ranked department but I'm worried about the facts that: 1. I'm into theory (Mech design, game theory etc.) and want to continue to have this as my major specialization area. However Chicago graduates tend to be entirely in the macro/empirics/applied micro areas (Source: Current job market candidates). 2. Chicago is known to be a bit of a brutal place. EJMR forums say the faculty doesn't mentor students/spend time with students etc etc. So what do you guys think? Thank you for your inputs.
  23. I am a Canadian Undergrad that received offers from Paris School of Economics M2 program, London School of Economics MSc Econ program, and University of Toronto Msc Econ program. I kind of regret not applying to Harvard or MIT because I received offers from every school I applied. I will probably pursue PhD at one of Harvard, MIT, Chicago, and UC Berkeley. At the end of the day, I want to land a position of Economics Professor at any of top 10 institutions. I specialize in Microeconomic theory and in particular the mathematics and game theory. I am really flexible in terms of research area since I have undergrad degree in math and by this, I mean learning a new topic in economics isn't a big concern for me. Offers: PSE - second year masters, almost free tuition (basically skipping a year of comprehensives. I super hate tests) LSE- admissions UofT- admissions on full financial support $18000 UBC- admissions on moderate support $14000 I am leaning towards PSE or UofT. PSE is highly ranked. UofT prof there seems to really want me there. Which school would you choose if these schools offered admissions to you?
  24. WhyTry

    What I just realized

    I just realized... 20 years from now... some of you will be Nobel laureates...
  25. Hi, I'd really appreciate if someone who studied Economics in Germany could help me with this! I studied Law with a major in Tax in a top university in Latin America. I've been working in Tax since I was a student. However, instead of pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) or something similar (law-oriented) I want to shift to a more economics-oriented degree, something related to Tax Policy, or Economic Development. First question: I have around 3-4 years to complete my studies in Germany (including learning German), because my husband will be getting his Phd in Hannover. Would it make sense for me to get "leveled-up" in Economics, enroll in a BA in Economics in some university/college in or near Hannover and then apply for an MA in Economic Development a year later? If so, any recommendations of universities/collegues I could look into (with English courses)? Second question: Any comments on Leuphana University of Lüneburg for someone who would like to work in an international organization in the future? Thank you so much! Any comment is helpful. Rocio
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