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  1. I have a few offers at this point, and I am having a hard time evaluating my options. Feedback and opinions from other applicants and graduate students will help me make an educated choice, so please let me know what you think my best course of action would be. Any information about the programs below, regarding placements, learning environment, interaction with faculty, funding, etc. is very welcome. I think current graduate students will be able to offer a lot of insight. I am mainly interested in microeconomic theory, specifically applications of game theory to economics. I am not going to go into more detail here. Admissions: 1. Autonomous University of Barcelona (IDEA program, will have to pay tuition, awarded a stipend for the first year) 2. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Economics program, no tuition waiver) 3. Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D., waitlisted for funding) 4. Stockholm School of Economics (Ph.D., full funding) Pending: 1. Tilburg University 2. Bocconi University 3. Paris School of Economics (M1 track) 4. University of California- Santa Barbara 5. London School of Economics (EME program) On a peripheral note, there are deadlines to accept some of the offers I have. But all my results are not in yet. In such a scenario, what does an applicant usually do? Thank you.
  2. Hi all, I'm currently going through the interviewing process and will be starting my OB PhD program in Fall of 2021 (haven't committed anywhere yet). I am married and my wife just gave birth to our first little girl. It is a very exciting and special time, but also, in the back of my head I'm wondering how we are going to make it all work. Questions such as if we can afford buying a small house or condo, if my wife can continue working with our child, if there is child care at the universities, if we may have to go into debt, etc., come up in my head and bring a bit of stress. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to best handle a PhD program with a family, things to watch out for, things to consider, etc.? Thanks!
  3. 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.
  4. I used to be in a top Management PhD program but quit later because of research interest and relationship with one of my committee members. This year I am applying a Marketing (CB) PhD program. Should I mention my past experience in the Strategic Management one? Actually my performance (GPA) was very good. It's a plus or minus to include it in my application? Many thanks in advance for your kind advice!
  5. Hello friends, I am a Junior hoping to pursue a PhD in quant marketing and have some questions on research areas. Like everyone else still in undergrad, I am grappling with a variety of concerns about my application profile, but I still have a good chunk of school to do. My main concern is trying to narrow down a specific area of research within quant marketing. Fortunately, the professors I have been speaking with have been able to help me understand the importance of program fit as opposed to going for the highest ranked program I can get into, but this has also compelled me to try to find an area or direction sooner than later. I currently work as a research assistant for a quant professor, and though my experience with him has been very rewarding, most of his work revolves around research methodology. Methodology has never appealed to me much; I was originally considering taking the CB track because I found the problems and questions in that area very interesting. However, I enjoy the quantitative approach to these problems rather than the psychology/neuroscience approach. My hope is to be able to coauthor/publish research by the end of undergrad, which will also fulfill an Honors thesis requirement. Covid has made contacting professors difficult to say the least, so I haven't had much exposure to other areas of research, but I plan to change that this semester. I anticipate that my interactions with them will be very formative in helping me choose an area/direction, but I still wanted to ask you all about your experiences with choosing research areas. More specific questions include: -What has been your timeline for narrowing down research questions? -How do you balance your personal interests with popular/trending subjects? -Is the quality of a PhD program fit more related to the actual research subject matter or the methodology/approach to questions? Thank you for your time reading and responding in advance, and apologies for anything poorly worded or confusing--I am happy to clarify.
  6. I always appreciate your help and recommendation. profile: Currently a law school faculty at one of Asian university. BA in Econ (Ivy league), MA(Yale IDE), JD, LLM and SJD in the US. Real analysis and math courses taken in distance learning program Field experience in both public and private sectors. Age: 40 (Yes indeed) Published various articles and books including the best peer-reviewed journals in my field. I write many law and economics articles and i think i need further training and economics. The following is my questions. 1. Do you think i am eligible to apply ? Have you seen a crazy person like me before? Would there be any way that i could waive some GRE or other admission requirements? 2. I guess i prefer a part-time PHD since i have a job now. Do you know anything about part time program at Oxford? 3. Do you think i can try top 15 economics PHD in US.? 4. I am sort of aiming Oxford or Cambridge since they require less extensive coursework and time. Do they have qualifying exams? if so, what is the passing rate etc? I would be grateful for your further advice and suggestions.
  7. 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?
  8. So I was admitted to both of these programs. I like both because, coming from an International Affairs background, they both seem pretty good for making the switch to econ. The SAIS program is entirely a professional program, while the IHEID program is a lot more academic in nature. The IHEID program also seems better (it's two years long yet cheaper than the one year MIEF, the cohorts are significantly smaller, both professional and academic placements are really good). My one concern is that nobody in my small Central American country knows what IHEID is, while a lot of people know Johns Hopkins. If I were to stay in Europe that wouldn't be an issue as IHEID is well known over there, but if I fail to do that I don't think my degree would help me too much back home. I think I'd like to do a PhD but at this point I'm not familiar enough with economics as a field to be certain about that (and also my 3.55 undergrad GPA might hold me back even though my GRE scores are pretty great). What do you think? Any help is appreciated!
  9. Hi everyone, I would like to get some advice regarding UBC (University of British Columbia) Masters program for a stepping stone for Economics PhD. How much would it help to get me into a good PhD program? I did apply to PhD programs this cycle but seem not to get any offers and applied to UBC Masters program as a recommendation from one of my professors for a backup plan. To help giving me advices and suggestions, here is my background: Profile: Type of Undergrad: Top 50 Public (Math Honors, Econ Honors, & Engineering) Undergrad GPA: 3.56 Type of Grad: Top 20 Private (Applied Mathematics & Statistics) Grad GPA: 3.91 GRE: 153 V, 170 Q, 3.5 W Math Courses: Calculus I/II/III (A,B+,A), Real Analysis I/II (B+,A-), Linear Algebra I/II (B+,A), Differential Equation (A-), Group Theory (B), Stochastic Analysis (A-,A), Bayesian Statistics (A-), Mathematical Finance (A), Stochastic Methods in Finance (A-), Analysis of Algorithm (A+), Probability & Statistics I/II (A,A), Statistical Methods in Data Analysis I/II (A,A), Graduate Level Statistical Modeling (A-), Graduate Level Probability (A), Graduate Level Linear Algebra (A), Graduate Level Statistical Inference (A), Graduate Level Data Mining (A), Graduate Level Machine Learning (A), Graduate Level Deep Learning (A) Econ Courses: Basic/Intermediate Micro (A+,A), Basic/Intermediate Macro (A+,A), Econometrics I/II (A+,A+), Corporate Finance (A), Investment (A), Risk & Uncertainty (A+), Statistical Methods in Economics (A+), Managerial Economics (A+), International Trade (A+), Asymmetric Information (A), Honor Thesis in Economics (A) Research Experience: 2 year of Mathematics & Statistics Research as undergraduate, 1 year of Econometrics Research & Honor Thesis as undergraduate, 1 year of Statistics and Machine Learning Research as graduate student. Will the Masters Program at UBC improve my chance getting into Economics PhD? I saw the program and seems to be mathematically rigorous + has a research requirement to graduate. I am aiming for any school in top 50 worldwide. Thank you very much before hand, I really appreciate any helps!
  10. I'm interested in environmental/energy economics and I'm choosing between UCSB and Ohio AEDE. I want to work in the academia after graduating. I heard great things about both program and their funding offers are comparable. I would love to hear what everyone thinks. Thanks!
  11. Hello Urch! I'm gearing up to apply to PhD programs and was wondering if anyone could share which list is best for program rankings? Texas A&M's, UTD, or another? Or if you have input on the reputation of the following programs for management/OB, that would be valuable as well: Arizona State CMU Tepper Duke Fuqua Michigan State USC Marshall University of Wisconsin All have good POIs, just curious what the reputations of these programs are in the community more broadly.
  12. I have got admit from MSc economics program at BGSE (not advanced track) got rejection from their Phd track and also from master of economic analysis program at UC3M. Economic analysis program at UC3M leads to their PhD program but I am not sure how good their PhD program as it doesn't seem they have a good placement records but they pay a monthly stipend of 900 euros. I was wondering how good BGSE's master program to prepare for a good PhD program in either US or Europe? as I had horrible grades in mathematics in undergrad. Also how much sense it makes to go to BGSE instead of a PhD track program and waste additional one year after graduation for application to PhD programs and then enter one? PS: I am not from Spain
  13. I was admitted to a few programs somewhat similar in ranking and I need to start thinking about where I will go. I'm new to the academic environment, so I'm not sure what is ultimately most important in a PhD program. What should I ask professors and advanced students? Or what should I be hoping to learn? I have a few ideas, but I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you!
  14. I have been admitted to several similarly ranked universities, and some of them require TAing in the first year and others don’t (funding about equal in both cases). How much more should I value the no TA in first year offers? Should it be a no-brainer to go to the program with no TA in the first year, or is TA responsibilities usually lax enough that it doesn’t really matter? For example, assuming that the funding is the same, would you take an offer from a slightly worse program with no TA requirements in first year vs. a program that’s a little better but does have TA requirements in the first year? And yes I will ask current grad students at the programs about this. Thanks for your insight!
  15. I think the placement for these two are comparable. The faculty at Booth is stronger, but it seems that the program size at Wharton is smaller and the culture at Wharton is more "caring". Which program would be a better choice? Any comments are much appreciated!
  16. I was wondering what is the convention when it comes to deferring PhD program offers in economics? How often is it allowed and what is the process like? Thanks!
  17. So this may be an odd question, but I figure I may as well go for it. So I am currently in a PhD program at a 50-70 school (I was waitlisted at two Top 40-50 schools, but didn't get in). I am wondering if it is realistic to get into a PhD program for business, public policy, statistics, or applied math upon the completion of my current Econ PhD program in order to get a job at a research school? How likely to a Top ~20 program accept someone with a Econ PhD (especially for business or policy)? Or would I be better off doing a postdoc instead?
  18. I'm an idiot. I just notice the program 's website says: Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have completed the coursework listed above for entrance to the M.S. program. In addition, applicants should have completed: microeconomic theory at the M.S. level econometrics or mathematical statistics at the M.S. level multivariate calculus and linear algebra I double major in math and econ and have real analysis, linear algebra, math stats, probability, and all but they are not M.S. level courses. Should I not apply? The application is due like...tomorrow.
  19. Hi I’m a dual US citizen currently taking up my 4 year BS Pharmacy program in the Philippines and my end goal is to work in the US with a PharmD degree. They offer a 2 year post-bacalaureate PharmD program here in my country, but I read a post saying that the NABP is very particular about 5 years of CONTINUOUS study. With that being said, would it be better to pursue the PharmD program in the US? Or would it suffice to graduate from the BS Clinical Pharmacy program of 5 years from my country?
  20. This program was launched in 2017 and seems to be aimed at the same group of people who might be interested in Ag. econ/dev/applied micro programs. Without job placements I can't tell what tier of program this should be considered as. Any thoughts?
  21. I'm very interested in this program but I can't figure out how competitive it is. I come from a political science background so it might be difficult for me to get into standard programs. Also the website is super sketchy, it has multiple typos and strange UI choices (see below) [ATTACH=CONFIG]7272[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]7273[/ATTACH] That said, the program is super cheap and it gives me the opportunity to study at both Paris 1 and Autonoma de Barcelona. Any help with this is greatly appreciated!
  22. Hello, I am working as a Marketing Manager in a software firm and am a temporary faculty in a business school in France. To get a permanent academic position at this school, I need to be enrolled in a PhD program and complete it eventually. I want to continue with my job for now and due to my work commitment, I can’t do a full time PhD. Are there any accredited universities that allow enrolment in a PhD program and complete the degree without the requirement of regular full-time coursework and that would allow me to choose a guide and work on my thesis remotely with him. Any advice would be helpful.
  23. Hello, In short, I would like to know what kind of mathematical background is required for a PhD in Finance. I have seen various programs state linear and/or matrix algebra, Integral and Differential Calculus, Stats and Probability. My undergraduate degree is in History and I have an MBA (AACSB accredited). My math was through Calculus, but it was quite sometime ago. Both my Calc and Stats requirements for undergrad were completed via AP courses in high school. Although I majored in History, it was because I loved the subject at the time and not because I was ‘escaping’ quantitative work. I realize that I will need to increase my quantitative skills before applying to a competitive program. My employer will pay for university courses at $8,000 per year (no clawback clause for leaving employment). I have three options I am considering: 1. Go for a MSF or MS in Econ online. My current life situation does not permit to move out of state or pay for an expensive program. My state is fairly rural, but I live in a metro of 1 million. The local universities do not have competitive programs. I have eyed the MSFE (Finance and Economics, not Financial Economics) at West Texas A&M (AACSB). The program alluded to focusing on certain courses for PhD admissions. Also, there is a Masters in Economics at Missouri which has the same content as the on campus option. The department has a listing of master’s graduates who have gone on to PhD program (almost all in economics). Both have econometrics intro courses and the main core of economics. However, there appears to be no room for additional work in higher math courses. There is an MS in Applied Stats at Kansas, but it appears to be very new, based out of the medical school and somewhere between an applied stats and data science program. 2. Go for an online second bachelor’s in mathematics. The two programs I think would be the most competitive are at Indiana University and Thomas Edison State University. TESU has an elective in Matrix algebra. Would a second bachelor’s in math be overkill? Additionally, my local universities are mostly geared towards secondary school math education or are completely in-person daytime classes. 3. Just do self study on EdX and Coursera. Possibly pay for the EdX certificates for some social ‘proof’. Self explanatory. I have not read anything contradictory, but I sense that this would not be what PhD admissions would be looking for. What are your opinions?
  24. Hi Urch, long time lurker, first time poster.... I have been en route to finishing a MPP degree and am currently taking on summer RA positions for two economics professors at a top 15 econ program, unknown MPP program. While the RA positions are both with well know economists and will hopefully provide me two LoR writers, I can't help but find the RA work to be nothing more than data cleaning. I like helping and providing assistance to my professors, but I am largely scared that this position has no value to it other than a LoR that's void of any insight to my economic skills. Has anyone else done RA work? Are my worries totally overblown, is this normal? Should I say anything? Thanks for any advice, I largely appreciate it :).
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