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  1. Hi, I was admitted to the M1 program and noticed that options for M2 program have changed. There is only one doctoral track, Economic Theory and Econometrics (ETE), which is comparable to the first PhD year, and the other six options do not aim to prepare students for PhD programs. Do most students in ETE continue they study in TSE after completing M2? What are their chances to go to US or UK for PhD?
  2. TSE has only one Phd-track M2 program, and only 15 out of more than 100 students enter this program after completing M1 program. Those students surely have top standings.
  3. You're right. Tirole winning the Nobel Prize has made TSE more widely known. Due to TSE's big class size, I am not sure it is easier to get good reference letters, though I have more time to connect with the professors.
  4. Merry Christmas, everyone. I am an applicant for master programs in economics and have been admitted by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). Since my goal is to undertake a PhD in North America, I have to ask whether TSE is well recognized there? I was told that I should be mentally prepared to do a PhD in European in the future if I decide to go to TSE. I have applied for MA programs in several Canadian Universities, and all of them are completed in one year, which means that I need to apply for PhD programs shortly after entering these universities. Otherwise, I must have a gap year after obtaining the master's degree. Compared with Canadian MA programs, TSE's is divided into M1 and M2, which refer to master year 1 and master year 2 respectively. As a result, I have more time to prepare for a PhD. On the other hand, TSE is located in Europe, and its location might put barriers in my way to apply for PhD programs in North America. What is your opinion? Is my worry necessary?
  5. Hi, everyone! I have been admitted by Toulouse School of Economics(TSE) into the M1 Economics program. I have to confirm my application in these days. Before the confirmation, there are somethings I want to know. Is TSE well recognized outside Europe? My goal is to undertake a PhD after obtaining the Master's Degree, and I will apply for universities in the US. Many people tell me that I should be mentally prepared to do a PhD in Europe if I go to TSE. How is TSE compared with UBC whose graduate program in economics I also applied for? My major concern is that UBC only offers a one-year MA program while TSE's is two years, which means that I have more time to prepare for PhD and that I don't need to have a gap year in order to apply for PhD programs. On the other hand, UBC is more widely known and has a better ranking. As for TSE, many people might have never heard about it. What's your opinion? Your feedback is important to me. Thank you in advance.
  6. Hey, everyone! I am applying for MA programs. Most schools ask for a personal statement. However, several require a statement of interest. Does statement of interest only include my academic interest and research topics I want to work on? Should I talk about my reasons to do graduate work and my future goals? Can anyone tell me about the difference between statement of interest and personal statement? Thank you for your help!
  7. Why don't take GMAT´╝č Business schools usually ask for GMAT instead of GRE.
  8. Are you talking about application to PhD programs or MA programs? I was told that it would be an bad idea to contact professors in advance of admission to MA programs.
  9. That's the problem. I find it hard to answer all questions in only 600 words. Maybe I should include more materials to make my PS more informative while still keeping it concise.
  10. Do you mean that a PS of 500-600 words is too short? Some schools ask prospect applicants to write a BRIEF PS without giving a definite expected length.
  11. Hi, guys. I am applying to MA programs and looking for your kind advice on my PS. These days, I am revising my PS after reading many articles making suggestions on how to write an effective PS. Right now, I briefly talk about my academic performance and extracurricular activities, and I focus on how I became interested in economics (I major in business but not economics at university), why I want to study it in greater depth, and what to I plan to do with the master's degree (I want to pursue further study in a PhD program). In some articles, I read that PS should be self-marketing, and that I am supposed to mainly write about my skills, qualities and what I can bring to the graduate programs to convince the adcom that I am an ideal candidate. However, I only mention my preparation for graduate-level study, and I don't have a clear research interest yet. Is the content and structure of my PS appropriate? I also have another question: how long is my PS expected to be? 500-600 words? I am eager to know your opinions, and thank you in advance!
  12. I agree with what others have said already. You should try to take more courses in pure math and advanced economics. As for your research interest, make sure that you focus on finding explanations and identifying policy prescriptions from an economics standpoint, instead of sounding like dealing with laws or politics. Also, you should summarize your long story in your SOP and clearly state your motivation to do an PhD in economics. Good luck!
  13. Finance programs of UBC and Queen's prepare students for PhD. The MFE at UWO is a terminal master program for professionals.
  14. Nobel Committee? That sounds awesome! I will find more info about SSE and give it serious consideration. Thanks!
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