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Re: Need help defining a roadmap
Before you try to get into any Master’s, you should take Calc II, Calc III, Intro to Proofs, Real Analysis and Linear Algebra at an reputable institution. Certainly PSE “International Economic Policy” might not require quantitative courses, but that is because many European Schools have calc III at the very minimum built into their regular Econ courses. They would have taken at the very minimum Mathematics for Economists which covers basic proofs, linear algebra and Calc III. No one is going to take you seriously with only high school mathematics (Calc I); certainly they would not give you important part of the projects like evaluating data and running multivariate regressions. First take these 5 courses over the course of 1 year(Many institutions let you take classes without leading to a degree) and then think about applying to masters (not “International Economic Policy”) but a more quantitative challenging Econ Masters would be ideal in your situation. You should also never put your eggs in one basket. A Public Policy masters will not lead to an Econ PhD. Lets say PSE did not work out, no one is going to take an Public Policy master holder into an Econ Phd programme. You can be very sure that Duflo or any other economist for that matter took Real analysis at the very MINIMUM with more extensive classes such like Topology, metric spaces etc.