Long-time lurker, first-time poster here,
I'm trying to choose between Duke Econ. masters and UToronto Financial Econ. masters. My undegrad degree is in math+ econ. and my goal is ultimately a phd in economics. So how would you rank these programs according to future phd prospects.
Below is what I think as of now:
Toronto mfe:Pros: 16 month program, basically their 1 year MA program+ 4 finance courses.
Small program, only 25 in class.
TAship= ~5K a semester
Paid internship for 4 month= ~20K + another possible employment for 8 month before Fall 2016
Cons: No info. on phd placement found online( not even for their MA Econ.)
Duke:Pros: 2 year program, focused on economics phd preparation.
Duke is better respected(?)
Fine phd placement according to their website.
Cons: No funds, no TAship, no internship.
Any comment is valuable. I appreciate your time.
Type of Undergrad: Math and Economics, at Top 3 Canadian school
Undergrad GPA: 3.70
Type of Grad:-
GRE: Q168, V161, AW3.5
Math Courses: Calculus I-IV: A+/A+/A/A. LA I/II: A-/A-. Proofs: A-. ODE:A, PDE:A+. Optimization: A. Group theory:A+. Diff. Geometry: A+, Classic Geometry:A-. Topology: A. Real analysis: B+. Complex analysis: A.
Econ Courses (grad-level): none.
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro Econ: A+. Intermediate micro: A+. Intermediate macro: A. Stats: B+. Monetary economics: B+. Development economics: A-. Adv. micro: A. Adv. Macro: A-. Econometrics I: A-.
Other Courses: a few philosophy and french courses, entirely irrelevant.
Letters of Recommendation: 1 Econ prof+ 1 Math prof+ 1 summer internship supervisor.
Research Experience: limited to reproduction of an econometrics paper.