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Canadian MA vs LSE MSc
timeseries posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHello Everyone, I’ve been lucky enough this season to get into great programs. I’ve received an acceptance into all three M.A. Economics programs at top 3 Canadian universities (Queens, UofT, UBC) with 18K in funding. I've also been accepted into LSE MSc Statistics, without any funding. My long term goal is to complete a PhD in Econometrics. I am currently living in Canada, so it would be much easier and affordable for me to continue at a Canadian program. I can still afford LSE with a little debt. My question is whether going to LSE would have significant long term advantages over attending one of the other programs? Are the advantages that LSE offers in terms of a better international reputation worth forgoing a generous scholarship for ?
Do Canadian undergrads need an MA?
hughie posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHi, I am a Canadian undergrad at one of the top 2 Canadian universities and I am just looking for advice on whether a Canadian MA is needed if my goal is to get into a top 15 US PhD program. It seems like a common route but is it feasible to get into a top 15 straight out of undergrad? Here is my profile so far (just finished first semester of junior year) Type of Undergrad: Top 2 Canadian Undergrad GPA: 3.87/4.00 Math Courses: Calculus (A), Multivariable Calc (A-), Computational Linear Algebra (A), Proof-based Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis (A+), Mathematical Probability/Statistics (A+), Number Theory (B+), Taking in the future: Nonlinear optimization, complex analysis, ODE, and then maybe an independent study course in functional analysis since I'm interested or if not abstract algebra. Econ Courses: Principles Micro (A-), Principles Macro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), Game Theory (mark pending), Behavioural Economics (A-), Econometrics I (A), Taking in the future: Advanced Macro, Information Economics, Market Design, IO, Econometrics II, maybe Grad Micro I, Financial Econ Research Experience: Currently RA for a professor, will write honours thesis in 4th year Research Interests: Have not decided yet, micro of any sort is something I can see myself doing Apart from doing well in future courses what can I do to improve my chances?
Canadian Citizen: MA then PhD in U.S (Evaluation)
XDarkness posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHey all, I'm an upcoming applicant to Western, Toronto, and Queen's for their MA programs. I'm not applying to UBC since it is quite a ways from home, and I'd like to stay close to my friends and family throughout my Masters. Since deadlines are coming up, figured I should get some advice if I should apply for some safety school(s). I currently attend one of these schools, completing the dual degree in Business and Economics (my school is a top 3 in both departments). I am a Canadian citizen. My Stats are as follows: Math/Econ/Stats GPA: 3.85/4.00 Overall GPA: 3.75/4.00 Last 20 (2 years) GPA: ~3.8/4.00 Relevant Courses: Econometrics: A+ Advanced Econometrics: A Advanced Macroecon. Theory: A- Advanced Microecon. Theory: In Progress second semester Intermediate Microeconomics: A+ Intermediate Macroeconomics: A+ Introductory Microeconomics: A Introductory Macroeconomics: A Mathematical Economics: A- Macroecon. Policy: A+ Microecon. Policy: A+ Introductory Linear Algebra for Business Students: A- Calc I: A Calc II: A Calc III: A+ Differential Equations: A Game Theory: A+ (Graduate School) Applied Statistics: A+ (this was basically an econometrics grad-school class offered by the statistics department of my school) Introductory Statistics: B- (don't write an exam with the flu and have to leave halfway to throw up lol) Time Series: In progress this upcoming semester GRE: I did not take it, it is not required for any of these schools for Canadian citizens Reference letters: Strong, one being from the math and stats department chair, other being from a tenured well-known prof in his field (I haven't read them but based on feedback I received from them, I am comfortable assuming good things ar ebeing said about me). After completing an MA (and eventually taking the GRE), I'd like to do a Ph.D in the U.S: Do I have a shot at top 20 schools, assuming I do well in grad school at one of these three reputable institutions? Do I even stand a chance to get into these three? Thanks so much!
Looking for some advice! [Applicant Profile]
whitenoise posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsUndergrad:Two undergrads (Stats and Econ) from the same Canadian University GPA/Grades: Statistics (top 2 Canadian program): ~ 2.00 GPA last two years (yeah its bad) Economics (top 10 Canadian program): ~ 3.70 GPA over two years (got two years worth of "transfer" credits from first degree - those did not count towards the new average) Core Micro Courses: 3.67 Core Macro Courses: 3.95 Core Econometrics: 3.9 Coursework: Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, Linear Algebra, Number Theory, Generalized Linear Models, Estimation Theory, Sampling and Survey Design, Experimental Design 4th year Micro, 4th year Macro, Econometric Theory, Time Series Econometrics, Microeconometrics (non parametric modelling), Canadian Monetary Policy, Economic Growth, GRE: 165Q / 155V / 5 Research Interests: Econometric Theory (time series econometrics in particular), Macro-modelling Letters: 2 Econ Professors, 1 Work (Central Bank with a PhD) Teaching Experience: 8 months TA for third year econometrics course, winner of teaching award (university wide) Research Experience: Currently in a 1 year RA position at a Central Bank - doing macro modelling Schools I'm applying to: U of T - MA Econ Queens - MA Econ UBC - MA Econ Columbia - PhD (dream school) Michigan - PhD Duke - PhD UC San Diego - PhD I realize that my grades from my first degree are abysmal and will likely be detrimental to my applications in the US. Im fairly confident that I can get into masters programs however, and my ultimate goal would be to pursue a PhD in the US. Just wondering if any of you have advice for me... for example should I just forget about US apps all together and apply next year (after I do my Masters in Canada)? Thanks for taking the time to read this and I appreciate any feedback
Canadian MA Economics + Behavioral Econ
Econpataka posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHey everyone, You hear a lot about the big four Canadian Econ depts (UBC, UoT, Queens, Western) but not a lot about those depts that are immediately outside of the big four. So it’d be great if we can share the strengths (and weaknesses) of these supposedly second tier unis. Also, what Canadian Econ depts have strengths in behavioral economics? And are there renowned faculty who specialize in behavioral economics in Canada? Thanks and hope this helps many others!
Canadian Application Sweat Thread
aascd posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHi all, There's a pretty large group of Canadian applicants on here, and I've noticed similar threads in previous years. Hopefully this gets a sticky post!