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    Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

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    Type of Undergrad: B.A. (honors) Economics at relatively known school in California (UCSD)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.55/4
    Type of Grad: M.A. Economics, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)
    Grad GPA: 3.67/4 (first term)
    GRE: is not required

    Math Courses (all undergrad): Statistics I (A)
    , Calculus (3 semesters) (A A A), Linear algebra (A)

    Undergrad econ courses: 2 semesters Macroeconomics (A B+), 3 semesters Microeconomics (B- A A), Intermediate Micro (A), 3 semesters Econometrics (A+ B+ A+), Game Theory (A), Decisions under uncertainty (B-), Mathematical Economics (A-), Economic Development (A), Monetary Economics (B+), Financial
    Martkets (B), Demographic Analysis and Forecasting (B+)

    Grad econ courses: Advanced micro (A)
    , Theoretical Econometrics (B), Economics Taxation (A)

    Letters of Recommendation: Econ grad dept chair at grad school, Econometrics prof at grad school, Econometrics prof at UCSD (class I got A+), all three letters are likely not very strong.

    Research Experience: none
    Teaching Experience: TA in the second
    year and TA during grad school (undergrad statistics/undergrad maths/undergrad intermediate macro/grad advanced macro)
    Research Interests: Behavioral Economics
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    Monetary Economics
    SOP: Average
    Concerns: No research experience and average/low GPA, low Econometrics grades
    Coding skills: Stata
    Applying
    to
    : (All Ph.D. except for 1) SFU, Calgary, McMaster, Queen's, Western Ontario, McGill, UBC MSc in Finance, UBC Ph.D. in Strategic Economics (Business Administration)

    Could you guys and gals please comment on my chance of getting
    in to
    these schools?

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

    If you are a Canadian citizen, you have a good shot at at least once of those schools. The Big 4 will be tough (but not impossible) due to lack of research experience.

    Did you get into the B4 out of undergrad?

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply,
    Iím not a Canadian citizen.
    Sorry for this perhaps a dump question, what is the Big 4? I assume the Big 4 includes u of t, ubc, queens and western. If so, then the answer for your question is no, I got into SFU right after my undergrad degree at UCSD.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tqhung1994 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply,
    Iím not a Canadian citizen.
    Sorry for this perhaps a dump question, what is the Big 4? I assume the Big 4 includes u of t, ubc, queens and western. If so, then the answer for your question is no, I got into SFU right after my undergrad degree at UCSD.
    These schools have ridiculous quotas for non-Canadian citizens, which is why you didn't get into them. Queen's and U of T literally accept 2-4 a year for their graduate programs.

    Unfortunately, you probably won't get into one of them (though it is certainly possible -- I just wouldn't hold my breath for it).

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    Thank you for your reply!
    I am not surprised, given my profile is pretty average.

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    I believe Citizenship/PR only matters in universities from Ontario. They have quota in admitting international students. I'm from uoft MA Econ. Based on your GPA, I believe it would be almost impossible for you to be admitted here since I know many competitive students from our program applying to phd this year. UBC could be also hard. Queen's and western would be very difficult as you are not a citizen/pr. But I notice you are also applying to BSchools, which have more funding and they probably don't have a quota for internationals. But it seems they value research experience a lot.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

    Quote Originally Posted by xsx107 View Post
    I believe Citizenship/PR only matters in universities from Ontario. They have quota in admitting international students. I'm from uoft MA Econ. Based on your GPA, I believe it would be almost impossible for you to be admitted here since I know many competitive students from our program applying to phd this year. UBC could be also hard. Queen's and western would be very difficult as you are not a citizen/pr. But I notice you are also applying to BSchools, which have more funding and they probably don't have a quota for internationals. But it seems they value research experience a lot.

    Do you know what a competitive GPA for an MA econ is for Canadian citizens based on what you had/classmates?

    I'm applying this year and I've seen people saying they got rejected with a 3.8 and others saying they got in with a 3.65 which makes it really difficult for me to determine my chances...

    (Specifically for U of T)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDarkness View Post
    Do you know what a competitive GPA for an MA econ is for Canadian citizens based on what you had/classmates?

    I'm applying this year and I've seen people saying they got rejected with a 3.8 and others saying they got in with a 3.65 which makes it really difficult for me to determine my chances...

    (Specifically for U of T)
    For Canadian applicants to these MA programs I don't think that your cumulative GPA matters that much but more so your grades in relevant courses. Also I think the ranking of your undergraduate program matters quite a bit too.

    I applied to Canadian masters programs last year and was accepted at U of T with good funding (12k scholarship + 10k TA). When I applied I only had a 3.5 cumulative GPA but I had a 3.9 in economics and math courses. I did my undergrad at a top 4 econ program in Canada and from what I've heard they typically require a much higher GPA from lower ranked programs.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Canada PhD programs

    @aicher is right. I believe Econ/math courses matter more than cgpa. The one you mentioned with 3.8 GPA might not do very well in math courses. I think 3.8 is over the cutoff for domestic. Domestic is typically not very competitive as the number of applicants from our program is less than admitted.

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