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    One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

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    I've posted here before but was looking to canvas some further opinions. I'm looking to apply for one year econ masters starting sept 2018 with a view to getting into a top 5 US phd programme in 2020. For financial/personal reasons I only want to do a one year programme, preferably with funding.

    With that in mind, can anyone give their thoughts on how the following programmes would rank with a view to progressing to a US phd: LSE, BGSE, UCB, Cambridge. I know LSE is probably the best but chances of funding seem remote, and I think the main thing I'm concerned about is getting top LoRs and research experience. I'm particularly interested in comparisons between BGSE and UCB.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Type of Undergrad: BA in philosophy, politics and Econ at Oxford (UK citizen)
    Undergrad GPA: 1st class, 72% and 75% in Econ modules. 15/240 in the year
    Type of Grad: I have a law school msc.
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    Math Courses: the usual required for undergrad micro and metrics
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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Bump any thoughts?

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    LSE's Econometrics and Mathematical Economics has consistently produced top-notch U.S. PhD placements across all top 10 universities in previous years. It is often regarded as the best master's degree in Europe for Econ PhD. Though, without a solid maths perquisite, entry is almost impossible bearing in mind that they only accept very few people on this course.

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Thanks - I should have enough maths to get in I think, but funding seems like a real issue! Not sure how many merit-based scholarships etc they have.

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    One more bump - any more thoughts?

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Canadian MSc. degrees, like U of T and UBC, require only 1 year and place well in the United States, although you would likely have to be the best in the program to place in the top 5. However, they are more affordable than LSE. They also have smaller class sizes, and unlike LSE, have students write exams in the winter, which may be more conducive to getting LORs.

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    What are people's thoughts on one year masters programs in the US like Columbia and Chicago?

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Take a look at their placement record and ask yourself if you would be happy placing something like somewhere in the middle of their typical placements.

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Queens, UBC, U of T and Western would be the big 4 Canadian programs that occasionally place their top students into well known programs in the US. Almost all Canadian masters are a year long and compared to other countries are very reasonably priced, for example UBC's tuition is something like 8k for international students.

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