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    Arrow Low CGPA (MA Econ advice please)

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    Hi, I want to work in Econ Dev at world bank, UN, ADB and similar organizations. I'm not sure which programs to apply to that will give me the best chances to get to those jobs! Aiming at schools like GWU, IHEID, etc.

    Graduated: May 2019, want to apply for 2020 or 2021.

    Type of Undergrad: BSc. in Financial Mathematics from Canadian unranked university


    Undergrad GPA: CGPA (3.15), GPA last twenty credits (3.67), Math GPA (3.8)


    Undergrad Econ Courses: Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (B+), EnvEcon (A), Money and Banking (B+), going to take Intermediate Macro and maybe Micro


    Math Courses: Calc I,II,III (D-, D+, A-), Prob&Stats I,II(A-, A), Ordinary Differential Equations (A-), Partial Differential Equations (A+), Linear Algebra (A-), Applied Linear Algebra (A+), Numerical Analysis (A+), Stochastic Processes (A+), Fin Maths I,II(B+,A+)

    LORs: Two professors in whose classes I got A+'s. One was my thesis

    Programming: R, Python, SAS, MATLAB

    Research Experience: Undergrad Thesis in Mathematics (A+)

    Work experience: Data Analyst Intern at the gov , and analytics/data science role at a top bank in canada (July '19 - July '20)

    Questions:
    1. Where can I get into a decent masters in Europe, Canada, US??
    2. Can I do anything to strengthen my application?

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    Re: Low CGPA (MA Econ advice please)

    I just applied this year's cycle - got into UofT.

    I think you would be competitive for the top 4 MA programs in Canada (uoft, ubc, queens, western). Your profile is similar to mine (I have a low CGPA but good last 20). I also worked as an RA for one year at a the Bank of Canada (central bank).

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    Re: Low CGPA (MA Econ advice please)

    Thank you! I guess I will take my chances then

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    Re: Low CGPA (MA Econ advice please)

    If you are applying to the top 4 MA programs in Canada you will need to take intermediate Micro and Macro and probably even advanced Micro and Macro. I believe this was a requirement for U of T and Queen's. Just having intro micro/macro is certainly not sufficient preparation for any of these MA programs. If you take those courses and do well then I think you will have a good shot to get into those programs.

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