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    Re: Should I transfer?

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    Do you want to do hardcore research in metrics? Then an MS in Stats may make sense. (But it is still unnecessary, and often possible during your PhD, if you are so inclined.) It can also make sense if you have deficiencies in rigorous, quantitative coursework (you donít have any, you have some bad grades, etc.) But you are majoring in Math and Stats. The bottom line is that an MS in Stats wonít help you meet economics professors.

    The Duke MAE is very expensive. Top students seem to place decently.

    Do you have relationships with economics faculty at Purdue? Purdue is a strong university. To get into an Economics PhD, you generally need to build relationships with economics professors. The work it will take to transfer to a different school will be stressful and expensive. It will take away from your focus on building relationships with professors, possible RA opportunities, and doing well in your courses.

    If I were you, Iíd focus on maximizing your opportunities at Purdue.

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    Re: Should I transfer?

    Quote Originally Posted by hscjoe View Post
    Thank you for your reply! I just want to ask some follow-up questions if I may.

    1. What do you mean by "too late"? Yes, some schools do not accept juniors or seniors as a transfer student, but Brown and Cornell do not seem to care about this too much. Or, do you mean "too late" as in "waste of time and money"? Also, why would I not have the same connection with professors? Is it not likely for me to gain good relationships with professors if I join as a transfer student?

    2. Why do you think I would be better off getting straight A's than transferring and getting straight A's?

    3. Yeah I would prefer doing a pre-doc, but the odds don't seem to be with me, so I am thinking of a master's in statistics at Purdue. Do you think this would be better for me than transferring? How about the plan in general-do you think this would help me?
    Hey, sorry I just saw this.
    1) When I say too late, I meant that if you transfer to there, I think you'd need to start as a junior/3rd year student, in which you should already taken enough courses at Purdue but you may need to start over your intermediate courses and metrics. This will put you in disadvantage when you ask to do research work with faculty, since your peer at the new school has 2 more years to build the connection, show off their intellectuals. I am not saying that it is impossible to do, and if you have good connections at Purdue, it is not hard to ask Purdue faculty to endorse you, but it is generally harder, and you are paying more.

    2) Since you are considering transfer, I believe that you have good grades, since transfer cares a lot about gpa and believe or not, SAT. I am not saying that it would be better off getting straight As at Purdue instead of Brown or Cornell. What I'm saying is that you want to continue to get straight As at Purdue, and straight As at Purdue may worth more than straight As at Brown/Cornell, given GPA inflations at private schools and class size.

    3) As a predoc myself I'm def biased, but seeing my coworkers' application results this and previous years, I'd say pre-doc still has a significant advantage against other applicants. This edge may be gone in a few years, but we will see. It's not too hard to find pre-doc work. You just need to know you need to apply to predocs at the right time(late Sept/early October, then throughout the year). Also I'm international as well. Some pre-doc programs will allow you to use OPT, or give you J-1 or even H1B.
    Not sure how much a MS in Stats will help, so I can't comment on that.

    And for MAE stuff, I have friends who did it and goes to Duke now, and friends who are RAs at other places now. Performing really well in a good school's MA program will def help you get in that school, but the downside is the competition and potential bombing your GPA given almost everyone in the cohort will want to fight the spots.

    Also everything above I believe is only valid if you are certain that you want to do Econ PhD. If you are not too sure, transfer may actually be a better choice, but that's out of my league to give you advice on that. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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    Re: Should I transfer?

    Quote Originally Posted by hscjoe View Post
    Thank you! What do you think about doing a masters?
    Sorry I didnt see this. I didn't plan on a masters at all unless I didn't get into any programs. I was okay with going to a top 40 program. I really hated the idea of taking out over 100k in debt for school/living expenses. My admissions director did say a reason he chose me was for my corporate experience, though, so I am unsure if I could have pulled this off straight from undergrad.

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