Sponsored Ad:
See the top rated post in this thread. Click here

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 12 of 12

Thread: European master's as stepping stone to Top 10 US PhD

  1. #11
    economist
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    735
    Rep Power
    11


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: European master's as stepping stone to Top 10 US PhD

    Sponsored Ad:
    Quote Originally Posted by Bayes View Post
    The ‘year’ requirement really depends on how soon you can secure excellent letters of rec from well known professors. Tutonic says 2-3 years because its unlikely one will be given important work in their first year before they have proven their research/programming skills. So it takes time (2 years).
    This is true, but there's actually something even stronger. Applications go in during the Fall. If you've only been an RA for a few months there won't be enough information for someone to give you a good letter.

  2. #12
    economist
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    735
    Rep Power
    11


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: European master's as stepping stone to Top 10 US PhD

    Quote Originally Posted by whis View Post
    Good to know. I wasn't aware that you needed a full 2-3 years of academic RA experience to be competitive for top 10 (I do have +3 years of experience working on economic research projects in the private sector, but I do know that it isn't the same).

    Still struggling with the decision bc the Top 20 program that I got into isn't particularly a good fit for me in terms of research interests. I still have to hear from some programs, so we'll see.

    Thank you for your advice!
    I generally put a lot of weight on tutonic's advice. I think I agree with his advice about taking a top 20, but with somewhat different logic. You are short of math for a very top program. You can remedy that with a master's. Or with an RA position. I don't think you need both. But either one will take two years because of the timing of application process. And frankly, "a bird in the hand" (Apologies if this is an American-only colloquialism.)

    The argument about the Top 20 program not being a good research fit is something you should think about carefully. Many students change their area of interest while in grad school. But if you're very, very sure about your interests and the program isn't a good fit than that does deserve some consideration.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Columbia TC's QMSS prgoram as a stepping stone to PhD
    By metia12 in forum PhD in Business
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-26-2011, 08:35 PM
  2. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-10-2010, 02:10 PM
  3. GMU core courses as stepping stone?
    By jmp9x in forum PhD in Economics
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-02-2008, 02:15 AM
  4. The Best Stepping Stone to a TOP US PHD
    By hopes in forum Graduate Admissions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-05-2006, 06:42 PM
  5. question: Using a master's as a stepping stone
    By borkules in forum Graduate Admissions
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-04-2005, 09:57 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •