nekopilot02 Posted April 16, 2010 Share Posted April 16, 2010 So I've been accepted as mentioned above, UNC Finance PhD program with limited funding and UPenn Statistics PhD program with full funding. Both are pretty strong programs with awesome faculty. I've talked to graduate students from both programs and they are all very satisfied with their experience. Breakdown of the offers- UPenn: - in the Wharton school of Business; large faculty but small number of graduate students, faculty consists of both bayesians and frequentists - large city environment - statistics phd gives you alot of options later in life but can be somewhat difficult to find a faculty position - tends to be more mathematically intense than Finance - full financial support UNC: - in Chapel Hill; small-ish faculty and small number of graduate students, faculty mainly focused on corporate finance but also has some new asset pricing people - small college town environment (also, i've been in NC for the last 12 years) - it's easy (relatively) to find a faculty position with a finance phd because there is such a limited number of them, also UNC does a great job with career placement - I lean towards more quantitative interests so some of the more macro-econ based courses tend to be less interesting - partial financial support for first 2 years, with full financial support contingent on passing qualifiers Please help with any insights you may have. I've been turning this decision over and over in my head for a while now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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