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    Profile Evaluation for Canadian/European Econ Masters

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    Just wonder what would be my chance of getting into the MA programmes at UBC, Queen's, TSE M1 Stats&Metrics, CEMFI, and Bonn?

    My major concerns are:
    1. lack of math grades.
    I have never taken Cal I/II/III, Linear Algebra, and Probability Theory.
    2. bad grades on previous MA field courses

    I'm trying to overcome the math grades problem by taking the online PhD maths and stats camps at Rice which will begin in 2 weeks. Will it suffice?
    Or, since there is still half a year before the deadlines, should I take this chance to do the netmath classes on Cal I/II/III + Applied Linear Algebra courses at Illinois? It costs quite a lot so I want to make sure if it is necessary.

    Please find below my profile. I have converted my grades using the scale suggested by Foreign Credits (A will be the highest mark) in order to make it easier to be assessed.

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: bus major, unknown LAC
    Undergrad GPA: 3.32 (senior-year 3.61), 2:1
    Type of Grad: MA Econ (Top 20 UK Econ Dept, RePEc)
    Grad GPA: 63/100, merit
    GRE: Q167/V150/AW3.0
    Math Courses:
    bus math (B-), bus stats (A-), fin maths (A-), abstract maths (B), real analysis (B+)
    Econ Courses (grad-level): micro I/II (A/A), macro I/II (B+/A), metrics (A-/B), adv macro (B), adv micro-metrics (B), IO (C+)
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro metrics (A-), Bus Econ I/II (A-A-)

    Other Courses: Principle of Investments (A), Corporate Finance (A-), Financial Derivatives (A), Fixed Income Securities (A), Portfolio Management (A)
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 Assist Profs from UPenn & UPF. Got my best grades in their courses. I'm also auditing one of the prof's senior-year course on adv mathematical econ. Hope that will give the prof more things to write for me.
    Research Experience: MA Thesis, Econometrics Project
    Teaching Experience: TA for Intermediate Micro/Macro; Instructor for Intro Econ
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    Other: Hong Kong citizens
    Applying to: UWO, UBC, Queen's, TSE M1 Stats&Metrics, CEMFI, Bonn

    My target is to do an Econ PhD at any of these unis (Rice, UNC-Chapel Hill, TAMU, CUNY, Oregon, Clemson, Illinois at Chicago + the departments above). If my chance of getting an MA offer from those programmes is thin, will there be any other programmes that will suit me and also serve the purpose?
    Thank you so much for your time. As well as answers to the questions that I've raised, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canadian/European Econ Masters

    If you're not a Canadian citizen/Permanent resident, your chances of getting into UBc/UWO/Queen's with those stats are probably 0.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canadian/European Econ Masters

    Thanks for your honest reply. Do you think the situation may change if I manage to cover Cal II/III and the algebra course before submitting my applications?

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canadian/European Econ Masters

    I have no idea how they evaluate your master degree but based on my experience last year, I had better GRE score and undergrad GPA than yours, I rejected all of those Canadian masters. It may be different if you have Canadian PR, but I totally agree with Zubrus

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    All right. I better revise my targets to those more realistic options. Thank you so much for your input.

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