So the general consensus on this forum is that doing an Econ MA based in the US (apart from Tufts U and a handful of others) is not ideal as a stepping stone to a top PhD due to the fact that they are applied/policy degrees and not research/theory oriented. This is why the advice here is to go to Europe/Canada/UK if you want a PhD prep MA degree. However, for us ethnocentric folks who have no interest in residing outside the Free World for an extended period of time but still think they need a prep MA Stony Brook has heard our cries! Since we can't (or won't) go to Europe, they have brought Europe to us! It seems very different from the typical NYU-esque American MA program, and I am curious to know how you would compare it to its European counterparts.