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    Can you rate my chances at getting into these economics masters?

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    Type of Undergrad: BA in International Relations (Top 10 IR school, terrible for economics)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.55
    Type of Grad: n/a
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    GRE: 163 Q /165 V/4.5 AW -- Retaking and pretty confident of getting a Q166 or 167. Don't think I can get a perfect score, though.
    Math Courses: Stats I (A), Calc I (A), currently taking Calc II (at Harvard Extension) but I already know most of the material and I'm pretty sure I'll easily get an A. If I do get an A I'll be able to take a class that combines Linear Algebra and Real Analysis next semester, along with Calc III (multivariable). If not, I'll only be able to take Calc III and Linear Algebra next semester.
    Econ Courses: Macro I (A), Micro I (B), International Economics I (A-)
    Research Experience: Only political science research, 6 months at a DC think tank (internship) and 2.5 years in industry.
    Teaching Experience: n/a

    So clearly my profile is nowhere near enough to get into a decent PhD program (particularly because I haven't really even studied economics that much), so I'm going for a Master's as (hopefully) as a stepping stone to a PhD.

    Here's the list of masters I think I'd like to apply to, ranked in order of preference:


    1. Duke MA Economics
    2. PSE PPD
    3. UCL MSc Economics
    4. Bocconi MSc Economics and Social Sciences
    5. Barcelona GSE Masters in Economics and Finance
    6. Yale IDE
    7. SAIS MIEF
    8. Cornell MS Applied Economics and Management
    9. IHEID MA International Economics
    10. Columbia MA Economics
    11. BU MA Economics
    12. Tufts MA
    13. Sciences Po Master's in Economics
    14. Warwick Diploma + MSc in Economics
    15. Sciences Po Master's in International Economic Policy
    16. Simon Fraser MA w/ qualifying year
    17. Mcgill MA Economics w/ qualifying year


    Now, obviously this list is kinda long, I can't apply to 17 programs, but which ones do I cut?
    14-17 I consider "safeties" that I think I should easily get into.
    10-13 I'm fairly confident about these, 50-50 I guess? (Except for maybe Columbia, but I know nothing about how competitive this program is).
    1-9 Are all dream programs but I'm kinda skeptical about getting into any of them. Maybe you guys can help me out here? Do I even have a chance with those?


    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    I would say get your Quant up to 169-170 would be better. Since you are looking at European programs as well, I would say add Bonn/Mannheim to the list, as well as TSE. These are not hard to get into, but you would have to study hard as they tend to use exams to weed people out. Be aware that some European schools would require a certain amount of Econ courses, and I'm not sure your current ones would be able to meet the requirement.

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    Re: Can you rate my chances at getting into these economics masters?

    Quote Originally Posted by phd2020 View Post
    I would say get your Quant up to 169-170 would be better. Since you are looking at European programs as well, I would say add Bonn/Mannheim to the list, as well as TSE. These are not hard to get into, but you would have to study hard as they tend to use exams to weed people out. Be aware that some European schools would require a certain amount of Econ courses, and I'm not sure your current ones would be able to meet the requirement.
    Thanks! Yeah thatís exactly why Iím not applying to the three you mentioned, they all require a background in economics.

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    I do not know enough about US Master's so I will only speak about the european ones I know. I think such a profile would have very decent chances of getting into Sciences Po Masters (either Economics or International Economic Policy) with GRE 167-168. Like the previous poster, I would say you should try TSE too. From what I know, your profile is not unreasonable for Bocconi.

    Also from what I know, Canadian universities have quotas of local students to admit so they usually give few spots to international students, so I'm not sure it's worth the shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evoi View Post
    I do not know enough about US Master's so I will only speak about the european ones I know. I think such a profile would have very decent chances of getting into Sciences Po Masters (either Economics or International Economic Policy) with GRE 167-168. Like the previous poster, I would say you should try TSE too. From what I know, your profile is not unreasonable for Bocconi.

    Also from what I know, Canadian universities have quotas of local students to admit so they usually give few spots to international students, so I'm not sure it's worth the shot.

    Thanks!! You're saying I should try TSE even though their website says "Students should hold a BSc in Economics, Applied Mathematics within a recognized curriculum considered as consistent with the program and approved by the TSE selection committee."?

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    I know people who got accepted to the Master's without a Bsc in economics/applied math (things like BBA with concentration in econ or BA in political science +econ : so basically had done 5 economics classes + real analysis). I think if you take Real Analysis + Calculus III it could be okay. Can't you take additionnal intermediate econ classes next semester too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evoi View Post
    I know people who got accepted to the Master's without a Bsc in economics/applied math (things like BBA with concentration in econ or BA in political science +econ : so basically had done 5 economics classes + real analysis). I think if you take Real Analysis + Calculus III it could be okay. Can't you take additionnal intermediate econ classes next semester too?
    I don't think I can take 4 classes along with my full time job. I could take them spring next year, but I definitely want to apply to schools this winter.

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    Re: Can you rate my chances at getting into these economics masters?

    I got into Bocconi and BGSE a couple years back with a BSc in Accounting and Finance, with about your level of math so you should be fine. These masters programme aren't too rigorous in their admissions requirement since they are a source of income for the school, and they recognise that students from other disciplines want to use them to move into Economics. As long as you have a decent GPA and good letters supporting your academic capabilities, it shouldn't be too hard to get in. Doing well in the courses, however, is another matter altogether.

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    Re: Can you rate my chances at getting into these economics masters?

    Quote Originally Posted by KleanKanteen View Post
    I don't think I can take 4 classes along with my full time job. I could take them spring next year, but I definitely want to apply to schools this winter.
    If you are concerned about the lack of Econ background, try looking into the Dutch research masters programs as well (Tilburg, UvA, Rotterdam ERIM), these tend to be more relax in requirement, or a more general Quantitative Methods program and take extra Econ courses (Master economics QEM: Study programme. Central European University (Admission Requirements | Department of Economics and Business) or CERGE-EI in Czech also have good MA programs in term of placement that don't require an Econ background. (and would be much cheaper than US cash-cow programs).

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