I have an undergraduate degree in Economics from top Canadian university, GPA 2.7/4.0
I am finishing my second undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the middle rank Canadian university, GPA 3.93/4.0, with two research experience from the field of data visualization, two faculty level awards and one national award. No publication.
I want to apply for the PhD in quant Marketing in the future, according to my current background, is it a good idea to pursue a Master degree in Economics to enhance my research experience in business related field?
Last edited by Leeeee; 06-13-2020 at 04:16 AM.
If you hide a previous degree or grades and they find out you will definitely be rejected. If they find out after you start the program they can and probably will kick you out for academic dishonesty. And if your second degree is from the same University you would not be able to do this anyway.
As to your original question, the biggest consideration is why were your grades so poor in your first bachelors? If your overall GPA was pulled down mediocre grades in econ or math classes then the econ masters might be worth it. If your math and econ grades were good and your overall GPA was pulled down by poor grades in other classes, then you can probably apply with your current coursework.
Another issue with your application as I see it is in recommendation letters. These matter a lot in PhD applications and you don't mention anything about who they would be if you applied right now.
It would probably be a good idea for you to post your full profile in the format commonly used here and on the econ forum. This would help us get a better idea of your qualifications and chances.
An economics won't hurt, but i don't know if it will help that much either. It may have the indirect benefit of making you more comfortable with graduate level statistic, which because its econ may give you more confidence for quant/big data type research.
Best of luck!
Utility functions, game theory, pricing, competition, behavioral economics, all the econometrics, and much more.
One of the top professors here is a PhD in economics, not marketing. At least two professors here have a bachelors and a masters in economics. And I'm sure there are more with at least a bachelors in economics.
Even one of the most important journals in quant marketing is called "Quantitative Marketing and Economics"
If the research is for empirical modelling, then dealing with things like big data is really the way to go, and I suppose computer science would help a lot. We spend most of our time coding, and quant marketing students here are often very good with coding in several languages, and stuff like machine learning.
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