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    Leave out a poor master from PhD application

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    I am applying for PhD in Economics USA and UK. I have two Graduate degrees in Economics: First one is in MSc in Economics from really good university in UK (top 10) but my performance in it is very average and other one is in Mathematical Economics from good university in France with overall GPA 3.6/4. I am confused whether should I report my first masters in my Phd application, could you guys help me out? Please!

    The story is that I had a successful BA in Economics degree from India but it did not had math exposure. So i did not have any mathematical training which would have prepared me for my MSc degree. Honestly, I was not aware that I really need high level mathematics for graduate degree in Economics. So I had hard times during my first master. After finishing my masters, I went to do another master which provided good training in maths and economics both. Here, the mathematical training really helped me to perform well. So i am confused now to report my first master as the score from it is ver low and it will lower my chances to get in good Phd program.

    What do you think everyone?

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    Re: Leave out a poor master from PhD application

    I am applying this year (also applied 2 years ago). Every PhD application I've looked at specifies very clearly that you need to list *every* higher educational institution you've taken classes at for credit, including schools where you did not receive a degree. So, unless you want to intentionally misrepresent yourself (really bad idea) I think you need to go ahead and provide information and transcripts for both of your master's degrees.

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    Re: Leave out a poor master from PhD application

    If you leave this out, you will get caught. And when you do, you will be kicked out of the program that you are enrolled in. Do not do this.

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    Re: Leave out a poor master from PhD application

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubrus View Post
    If you leave this out, you will get caught. And when you do, you will be kicked out of the program that you are enrolled in. Do not do this.
    Listen to Zubrus.

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    Re: Leave out a poor master from PhD application

    Agreed with all the previous comments. But to add some positivity to your profile, it is much better to do bad and then good than doing good and then bad so don't dwell on that so much. I hope you place where you want!

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    Re: Leave out a poor master from PhD application

    Agreed with the above.
    Further, just explain your academic history, as you did in your original post. That's a positive and not uncommon story.

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