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  1. I applied to 19 schools this year (17 PhD in Finance across US and Europe) and 2 MSc in Finance (LSE, Tinbergen). I was rejected without interview from 16, had interview at Michigan Ross and INSEAD and finally got an offer from Bocconi for PhD in Finance. I have a decent profile coming from top schools in my country (Bachelors in Physics, MBA) but have had below average grades in my UG Maths sequence (B-, B, B+). In the first two ones, I simply did not study (please don't ask why). So the rejections (especially from Masters program) fill in tremendous self doubt as to my ability to handle PhD level curriculum. I have worked on 2 research papers during my Masters, cleared CFA Level 2, working in a top US Bank and work with utmost discipline and sincerity. I think my primary motivation for pursuing a PhD was not research rather 2 factors. One, I love teaching, having taught in schools and other people. Second, I hate corporate world and the feeling of having sold myself and my life for big bucks. So being a Professor seemed a good option. But I don't know if I should even pursue this path anymore. Seeking some advice.
  2. So I got into both programs, but I can't decide which is better. LSE gives me a shot at a better program, especially with their pathway to its MRes/PhD program. However, Notre Dame would save me a few years and offer some certainty. I'm interested in Macro and financial economics, and I want to work in the public sector after my PhD. Which do you think is better?
  3. Hi everyone. I am going to graduate in economics and finance at Bocconi University in July. I have received an offer from LSE EME and Oxford MPhil in Economics. My objective is to get to a top 20 PhD in U.S., or to continue to the Mres-PhD in Economics at LSE. My main areas of interest are political economy, macro and monetary economics. I have read that EME has much more connections with US economics departments. However, I am unsure whether or not I will be able to perform well in this master. As a matter of fact, during my bachelor I have covered advanced topics in econometrics, but I do not have an outstanding background in mathematics (I have covered mainly constrained and unconstrained optimization, linear algebra and integral mathematics). Moreover, EME is a 1-year programme, and I currently have only 2 good reference letters, so I would like to understand if it's possible to obtain one during EME's first semester. Relative to Oxford, I have been told that the Mphil in Economics , despite being a rigorous programme, does not require a student to have such a solid background in Maths. However, I have heard of few students who were able to be admitted to high ranked phd after the MPhil. It would be really helpful to hear from someone who has attended one of these programmes.
  4. I'd like to know your thoughts on how these programs rank in terms of international reputation as well as PhD preparation. Yes, I've done some prior research on this topic, but most answers were from more than 4 years back. If you, or someone you know, attended one of these programs, I'd love to know your experience. Personally, I'm a micro-guy, so I'm leaning towards UCL, but how much do the names of LSE/Cam stack against UCLs favour?
  5. Hi all! I know this might sound as a strange question, but I find myself in a peculiar situation and I am in need for good advices. I am an undergraduate in Bocconi and I got accepted in the msc economics programme at lse. I know that lse is overall considered as a better and most recognised institution, but as I have house, family and friends in milan, and I don't mind a two years programme, I also have economic and human reasons to stay in milan and go on to the bocconi's master. I wanted to ask how wide the difference is according to your experience and opinion, and whether you feel like it is worth it to go for lse, even considering the possible consequences of covid on the experience. I still have not decided whether I will go on with a phd (in that case I would like to do it in the US) or enter in the job market. Thank you very much for your help, I'm looking forward to hearing from you!!
  6. I have offers from the following master programs: – MSc in Economics (one year) at LSE, – Master in Economic and Social Sciences (two years) at Bocconi, Which offer should I accept? If you think I should accept X, how much better is that compared to accepting Y? (I only have until Friday 25 July to respond, so I would appreciate any thoughts as soon as possible! :)) Some background about me: – I have done RA work for two years, so I already have two good letters. – I have a fairly weak math background, so I hope to take a master that can signal that my math abilities are strong. – I aim for an academic career with the next step being a PhD in economics either in the US or at a top institution in Europe. Although in case I change my mind, it would be useful to know how these programs are perceived outside of academia as well (especially in policy). – My main research interest is microeconomic theory, especially decision theory and game theory. Thanks! (I posted a similar post at EJMR a couple of days ago. Having looked at some of the threads on the Urch forum, my impression is that answers are of a higher quality here)
  7. I have received an offer for the MSc in Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). However, I am thinking of changing to another program; MSc in Finance and Economics The reasoning behind my decision is as follows; I am willing to pursue an academic career, thus will be applying for the MRes/Phd in Finance offered by LSE upon completion of my taught masters degree. Therefore, the MSc in Finance and Economics will better suit my career goals. In addition, the program will enable me to complete the MRes/Phd program in 4 rather than 5 years. If you could help me by answering the following questions, I would be forever grateful Is this a wise decision ? Can I easily transfer from one program to another? When should I transfer to the other program, before or during the Michaelmas term ? Is the MSc Finance and Economics program more challenging ? Will I be able to catch up with the quantitative modules of the course given that I come from a business/management background ? How should i prepare? Thanks you in advance
  8. Hey guys, I am currently considering whether I should apply for the following master programs (Mphil Economics Oxford, Mphil Economics Cambridge, LSE EME/Economics) next fall. To my profile: I am currently studying Industrial Engineering and Management at a European university (highly ranked in my home country, but internationally probably rather unknown). GRE: not taken yet GPA: 3.8/4 Courses in Economics: Microeconomics (A-), Macroeconomics (A), Game Theory (A), Econometrics (A+), Advanced Microeconomics (advanced masters course that I took in addition, B+), Mechanism Design (soon), Financial Econometrics (soon). In addition, I have many courses in math, operational research and statistics with very good grades, so the quantitative area should not be a problem. I spent one semester abroad (university internationally unknown) and did an internship in the production of a large technology related company. During my studies I worked as a tutor for two semesters but not in economics (computer science stuff). I have been working as a research assistant for 1.5 years (unfortunately not in economics), where I am currently working on a publication. I will be listed as co-author (although im not sure if the paper will be peer reviewed at the time of application). I see the biggest problems in my lack of research and teaching experience in economics and the B+ in Advanced Microeconomics. Do you think my research experience, although it is not in economics, will be taken into account? What do you think my chances are? Thanks in advance!
  9. Hello 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 ?
  10. Apologies, please delete this thread.
  11. Hi all, I'm currently trying to decide between the LSE MSc vs. the PhD at Rochester. My thoughts are: 1) The LSE MSc comes with a conditional acceptance to their PhD program, which I've read is comparable to the top 20 schools in the US. However, I would have to fund the MSc on my own, which doable, but not ideal. I would also have to make sure I graduate with distinction, which is probably not too big of an issue, but adds some pressure. 2) Rochester has offered me full funding to their PhD program. However, placement-wise, they don't seem to do as well as the LSE PhD so long-term, career-wise may be a worse option. I'm interested in pursuing theoretical micro and IO, and I'm not sure Rochester is the best place for that. I'd love to hear some other people's thoughts on this. Thanks!
  12. Undergraduate: Top 15 US state uni GRE: Q168/V157/AW 4.0 (will be taking 2nd gre in late Dec) GPA: 3.6 Major: Econ&International Studies Minor: Development econ, Math Math: Cal1(AP), Cal2(A-), Calc3(B-), Linear Algebra (A), Probability Theory(B), Real Analysis(B) Econ: intermediate Micro(A), intermediate Macro(A), Econometrics (A) Research Experience: internship at abroad think tank, internship at aid agency I'm interested in international development. Not interested in getting ph.d I think I'll apply to LSE econ, LSE int development, UW-Madison econ for sure. I'm still pending my decision on USC applied econ, Uni of Sussex dev studies, Tuft for econ... Do you think programs at Cambridge or Oxford would be a far reach for me? Open to any suggestion or advice on my school choice! Thanks
  13. I am a rookie in this forum, and I want to ask something about Econ master. I'd heard that the LSE EME dominate all others, but in terms of US Phd application in the futurem how to rank these programs? LSE EME LSE Msc Economics Oxford Mphil Sciences Po. (I like Mayer and Chaney lol.) Duke MAE or MAPE Pennstate MAE Chicago MAPSS BGSE Or other programs? Thank you!
  14. As I've mentioned in a post before, I do have an offer for EME LSE which I'm deferring until next year due to financial constraints. This means I can also apply to other European schools in the meantime, especially because they're often cheaper. Which others would you recommend? I plan to apply to (on top of LSE) UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, TSE, PSE, UPF, CEMFI. The ultimate aim would be to apply to a strong school in the US after or get admitted to a strong PhD programme in the UK. Any others you would recommend?
  15. Hi All, I have been offered a place for the EME MSc at LSE. I'm planning on deferring the offer until next year and plan to work/prepare before the course begins. I have an undergraduate degree from a Russel Group University with good marks but didn't take much Econometric Theory (although did take relatively difficult micro/macro sequences). I have searched the forum and seen that there have been threads discussing the programme, however, these seem to be slightly outdated. And so I wanted to ask what mathematics and statistics/econometrics would you recommend I look at to prepare for the course? My current background is perhaps the equivalent of an American sequence of Calc1-3, Linear Algebra, Econometrics (intermediate).
  16. I wonder if anyone has any insight into how the Econ MSc program at LSE works as a feeder into PhD programs? It's the only Master's program that I would consider passing up good PhD offers for (UCSD, Minnesota) because it seems like there's a fairly established path to move on to the PhD program if all goes well enough. It's not entirely clear to me how common that is, though, and exactly what "well enough" means. I've contacted the department, but haven't heard back, so I just thought I'd see if anyone has any experience or direct knowledge of the viability of that path. Thanks!
  17. Final Year undergraduate in the UK with interest of undertaking a masters degree with the intention of finally applying to top 15 American PhD programs. I've gone through loads of previous posts considering these options, but would like a newly refreshed and up-to-date perspective. Note: LSE EME was my first and most preferred option over the other 3, but for the purposes of this post (ignoring LSE EME); for purposes of top 15 American PhD which masters programs would be best? LSE MSc Econ vs Cambridge MPhil Economics Research vs Oxford MPhil Econ?
  18. Hi all, I'm currently at LSE's MSc Economics (1 year programme). By default, MSc Econ students take the regular microeconomics class, but there is an option to take advanced microeconomics together with the students from the MSc Econometrics & Mathematical Economics (EME). For the purposes of admission into a T20 US PhD programme, is it better to excel in the normal microecon class, or be the median student in the more advanced class? If it makes a difference, I plan to apply during the MSc Econ programme so that I can enroll into the PhD right after the MSc year, so the most I would have is grades from January exams and/or a letter from whoever is teaching the micro/ advanced micro courses. For more context, I have previously posted my profile here. Since then, the significant changes are that I have finished my remaining undergraduate courses with A or A+ (including thesis and last module of econometrics sequence), and, as above, I have enrolled into LSE's MSc Econ programme. I think one of my main weaknesses are no formal math grades (though I have done well in the "math for economists" courses), hence the coursework question above. Thanks!
  19. I'm curious about how I stand. Looking to get into either U of T (doctoral, preferably) for MA or LSE (MSc in Econ or EME) Type of Undergrad: Top 5 Canadian school, Business (Finance) and Mathematics dual degree Undergrad GPA: 3.9/4.0 GRE: Q: 170, V: 164, W: 4.5 Math Courses: Calc I, II (AP, no mark); Calc III (A+); Linear Algebra (A+); Intro to Computer Science (A+); Universally standardized intro stats course (A+); Probability Theory (with Calc III prerequisite) (A-); Game Theory (A+); Real Analysis (A-); Differential Equations (A+); Computational Data Science (A); Probability Theory II (with Real Analysis prerequisite) (A); Time Series Analysis (A) Econ Courses: Intro, Intermediate, Advanced Micro and Macro (A+ in all six); Mathematical Economics (A+); Econometrics I (A+); Applied Econometrics (A) Finance Courses: Finance I, Finance II, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Portfolio Theory, Financial Derivatives (all A+) Letters of Recommendation: One economics professor, one quantitative finance professor. Research Experience: Very little academic research experience; all of my research experience is professional. Research Interests: Macroeconomics, developmental economics Work experience: Worked every summer at various firms, most recently at a prestigious investment bank. I guess this is sort of relevant and it would certainly be in my SOP; I want to do a Master's degree, more than anything else, because I love economics. I can continue at the firm I last worked, and it would be a solid end in itself - from what I've seen, many people who finish MAs in economics end up in the very job I would end up in. But for some naive misguided reason I feel the need to complete graduate studies in economics. Maybe part of me feels I can make a difference in the world with it. I don't know.
  20. Hey Guys... I would like to ask for your help in picking a European master program. My two offers are LSE MSc Economics and BGSE MSc Economics (with partial tuition waiver). My main goal is to work in global macro development organizations or monetary policy organizations (WB, EBRD, IMF, ECB, BIS, etc). Or to continue to an Econ Ph.D. (maybe at the same school ill do the master), with specialization in macro development/monetary economics/international trade. It seems that both programs have good reputation and faculty for these particular subjects. However, from a brief search on the internet, I got the feeling that the LSE reputation is going down recently (IDEAS ranking placed BGSE above LSE) and also that the LSE invest less in their MSc students (big class and a weak thesis supervision). Of course, the BGSE option is much cheaper, but are both products really similar? is BGSE can place students in jobs such as WB or IMF like LSE? is LSE selective admission process (13% acceptance rate) really worth the money in this case? Thanks for the help!
  21. I've just applied to these programs: 1. MSPE University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2. MSc in Economics - University of Warwick. 3. MSc in Public Policy and Administration - London School of Economics. 4. APE - Paris School of Economics.
  22. Hi there! I have an acceptance to a top-25/30 phd program, and was recently accepted into LSE's 1-year MSc Econ. If I went to LSE, my plan would be to reapply to phd programs the following year. I understand that the masters probably won't help much to get into a higher school, and I could very well end up dropping down the list. Thus, I see plenty of obvious advantages for the phd program: its funded, guaranteed, and the most streamlined way to get to my goal. However, I can't shake the feeling of how cool and interesting living/studying in London for a year would be. I would greatly appreciate any advice/experience you guys have with this. (Also, information online is kind of cluttered: If I went into a phd with a masters from LSE, would that likely count towards any of the core coursework, or would I be starting over from year 1 of the program?) Thanks in advance for your help!
  23. Hi all, I am a final year Economics and Philosophy student in the UK and I am planning to do a PhD at a top US institutions following my MSc in Europe. I got masters offers from the top European departments but I am afraid that my limited background in mathematics will prevent me from being top of my class and therefore being accepted to a good PhD. I was thinking about taking a gap year and doing a distance learning Mathematics diploma from LSE (Mathematics | University of London) in order to improve my maths background. Do you think taking the diploma will improve my chances for the PhD? Following the diploma, would you recommend me going to CEMFI or LSE MSc Econ?
  24. Hi ! This is my very first post on the forum or any forum for that matter. Anxiety got the better of me. I intend to apply to LSE MSc Econ course as an international student. I would really appreciate if somebody could help me gauge my chances. My profile in short: UG: Triple major in Econ, Stats and Math from a top 5 institution in my country Grades: > 80% agg (distinction) GRE ( 163Q 162V) EA's Econ research assistant 2 national level economics competitions under my belt Executive member of econ committee Revived an econ club 2 internships with Big 4 corporate finance and M&A dept 2 publications in college journal 2 research projects (1 is underway) Others National level accolades for painting and sports Recommendations from HOD from Econ dept and Dean I would really appreciate a feedback and suggestions, if any, regarding what other schools I could possibly consider? I am also slightly concerned (read: panicking) over my GRE scores. Does it call for a reattempt? Thanks :)
  25. Hey guys, I know, my post looks a lot like others but there are some specifities to my case that pushed me to create my own post. I've read basically every old posts regarding European masters and I am still left uncertain as to my choice. It was pointless applying to EME as my maths background is not adequate, yet, I have received offers from several programs and having eliminated the others, I'm left with CEMFI and LSE Economics masters. I was admitted to CEMFI without funding, nor tuition waiver, otherwise I would have chosen CEMFI straight away, saving this forum from my post. My end goal is a top PhD program but the thing is, as I come from a rather low family income, I would have to take a loan for either programs, which I would have to reimburse right after the master. It means I'll have to work for 1 to 2 years after the master at CEMFI and 2 to 3 years after LSE's (estimated on the wages of my high-income home country, Switzerland). First of all, am I right to think that, from the PhD perspective, CEMFI's program is better in terms of preparation and doesn't come far in terms of reputation ? I am more worried about the job market CEMFI is a small institution and less known to the public, so I am wondering whether the CEMFI is good if you intend to work ? Or would I be better off going to LSE, work say 2 years in industry and 1 year as RA? Maybe some people that have been to the CEMFI and have seen classmates going to the industry could help me there ? The fact that CEMFI would cost me about 20'000$ less, has a small incoming class, researchers that look concerned about their master's student and has a two year program make me favor it. Yet, I cannot deny that LSE's MSc Econ teachers have a stellar CV and be taught by some of them would probably be a thrilling experience and the institution has a strong brand name.
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