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  1. Hello, I am from Toronto and am looking for a study partner for OCT 2018 exams. Please message me Thank you
  2. Hello all, I'm a long time lurker and a first time poster! I am looking to elicit first-hand advice on choosing a Canadian master's program. Currently I have been accepted to Queen's, Western, and Toronto (I don't like BC so I didn't apply to UBC). I have also been admitted to some pretty good european programs (UCL, BGSE, waiting on LSE), though I am not sure if I can justify the insane tuition costs of these school. I have always wanted to be a Professor my entire life; hence, I am using this as a stepping stone to a PHD, and all have allowed me to take PhD courses should I wish. I have yet to distil my interests in the applied micro or econometrics areas, though I do know I am not a macroeconomist. I have to choose between the three by the end of this weekend, and am beginning to go mad! Here are my thoughts and apprehensions on each: Toronto: Funding = $23000. Toronto offers the largest selection of class choice taught by some very great profs. Easier transition to staying at Toronto to do a PhD which has placed very well in recent years. Very strong workplace placement should I decide a PhD isn't for meā€“this may just be a function of geography though. I have heard nightmares of intense competition and profs not giving a shite about the MA students. Huge cohort. Western: Funding = $25000 (additional 5k bonus if I stay for phd). I love the 12-20 student cohort size and office space. Western has the most rigorous covering of theory, econometrics, and a course for topology and analysis. It allows no choice to explore interests. I just have no idea how the program has placed students at US PhD programs in recent years. Also might limit my job prospects should I decide to enter the workforce without a PhD. High access to profs. Seem to be working very hard to put the grad program back on the map again. Queen's: Funding = $19000. Reasonable cohort size, office space, profs from good US programs (though many are quite old). They say they placed students well into workplace and PhDs, but minimal information online. Have had multiple phone conversations with senior prof, and the department seems to care deeply about their students. I need some advice on choosing between the three! Also how pissed would they be if I accepted all three and reneged two haha? Cheers
  3. Thanks in advance for any help- I just finished my undergrad at a so-so economics dept. in Canada. My marks are great, have good recommendations etc. but I kind of decided late in the game that I wanted to do a PhD, so I don't have the most extensive math background, especially with proofs. I'm taking a year off school and moved to Toronto to work in policy, applying to master's programs in the Fall- I'm fairly confident that I can get into a top 4 program in Canada, based on placements of similar students at my school/conversations with people on this forum. I have some free time this year though, and I want to take a U of T math course at some point to a) boost my application for PhD time and b) make sure I really kick *** once I start master's classes. Here's my math background: Calc I-II (A+,A), Statistics I-II (A,A), Linear Algebra (A-), Multivariate Calc for Economics(A+) I'm looking at a few math courses, but I want some advice on which courses I'm both likely to do well in based on my experience, but will be really good for signalling and for masters prep. I have a few in mind: MAT157Y1 - Analysis I MAT237Y1 - Multivariable Calculus MAT244H1 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations MAT336H1 - Elements of Analysis MAT337H1 - Introduction to Real Analysis With 3 potential courses in Analysis, I'm pretty unsure of which to do. Analysis 1 goes over some stuff I learned in Calc II, but only part of it, and I took that course in my first year. The two third year Analysis courses are all new to me, and would probably be better signals, but I have no idea whether I would be able to do well in them. Here's a description of the courses, for context: https://fas.calendar.utoronto.ca/section/Mathematics Thanks
  4. Hello, I've been given offers to three Canadian programs and one UK program (I was also accepted to a different program at Cambridge at Christ's College but will be turning it down). I am trying to figure out which program will give me the best chance to get into a top PhD program, but would also perhaps stand well as a terminal degree if I do not end up pursuing a PhD (personal health problems might make that difficult or delayed). I would appreciate insight from any fellow applicants, alum, or even people within the field. My offers: 1) Oxford MSc Economics for Development - No funding, quite pricey - Structure: courses in economic theory (micro/macro split) and econometrics, tutorials in related areas like poverty, development, inequality, etc. with a final 10,000 page extended essay 2) UBC MA Economics - 12K TAship offered and 1K fellowship/RA - Structure: first semester of intense core theory (micro, macro, metrics, mathematics), second semester electives (e.g. labour, environment, etc.). Third semester of research seminar (project for a class rather than independent research, no individual supervision). Probably the most intense program of the 4 3) UofT MA Economics - Regular (non-doctoral) stream, 8K TAship and 10K award - Structure: 8 months of courses, 3 core (micro, macro, metrics) and 5 electives. No research option 4) Queen's MA Economics - 8K TAship and 11K award offered, been advised that my SSHRC application ($22,500) will likely be approved (in that case I would have to turn down the 11K award) - Structure: first semester micro, metrics, and two others, second semester macro and three others. Option to take a spring course instead of 4 in first term. Summer research essay, supervision by professor - Problem: Does not offer courses in my fields of interest (development, labour, environment, health) My details: - Canadian undergrad from a top Canadian school - GRE: 170/163/6.0 - Interest in development economics and looking at the labour, environment, health, gender, technology side of economic analysis (not interested in finance, banking, etc.) - Unsure about pursuing a PhD in Economics but definitely want to keep it in the cards. Possiblity that this might be a terminal degree, however, and I have to account for that. - Might need to take a reduced course load (2 or 3 classes/term rather than 4) due to medical issues Oxford's program had until now been my top choice for its blending of economics and development, connections with development institutions, and Oxford's good name (which would be more important if this will be my terminal degree, which might be the case). My main concerns with the program is that 1) it might not be considered rigorous enough for an Econ PhD in Canada if it only covers micro/macro/metrics and the rest is more political economy rather than economic analysis, and 2) the price, of course. I would have to entirely self-fund through savings, loans, lines of credit, etc. In Canada, UBC and UofT seem to be the most reputable in economics (Queens in third), though all three seem to focus very little on applied econ and focus almost entirely on core theory. This would be great for PhD programs (though i have been advised that the non-doctoral stream at Toronto is not considered rigorous enough), but for a terminal degree I wonder if a more applied one from a bigger name school (Oxford) would be more valuable, especially if i intend to work or study internationally. I've been told varying advice on which program is considered better/the best. UofT Doctoral stream gets high praise but its regular stream doesn't (though the only difference would be two courses out of eight). UBC's program is generally well regarded, but the course structure is so rigid that if i were to take extra time it would take me 24 months to complete (compared with Queens' 12 months, Oxford's 9 months, UofT's 16 months). I've also been told it is very theoretical and wouldn't be the most useful for an applied degree. Queen's would be great in terms of its flexibility, its funding, the research grant, the individual supervision, etc. but it is the least reputable school out of all of these (Oxford obviously a top 3 international school and Toronto and UBC top 30. Queen's is in the top 300) which wouldn't matter as much in Canada but might make a difference internationally, I worry. I would have selected it normally but i found out that they won't even offer electives in the areas i am interested in and so potential connections to development work (JPAL, development placements, etc.) would be quite low. I also don't know how many of their faculty are research faculty, which could make a big difference for PhD placements in terms of LoRs If you were in my shoes, which option would you pick? I'm inclined towards the Oxford MSc but I'm worrying that because it is a more applied degree rather than a core theory degree it may jeopardize my PhD options. But having the Oxford name would only help, I imagine, in pursuing work if that is what I choose to do. For American and UK schools it may not matter as much since they do direct admits from bachelor's degrees, but for Canadian PhD programs (UofT, UBC) which only accept candidates with a masters in economics, i don't know if the MSc would have enough economic analysis/rigour as the others would. But it would be the most interesting program for me, most relevant to my interests, and is very well connected to industry from what I hear (but if you have heard otherwise please correct me, i don't want to operate on incorrect assumptions!) Thank you
  5. Hey guys, 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. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Math and Economics, at Top 3 Canadian school Undergrad GPA: 3.70 Type of Grad:- Grad GPA:- 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.
  6. Hi guys, the BYU rankings place Rotman department 2nd in faculty productivity in last 6/12 years and PhD program top-10ish. They have been graduating candidates since 2005 only, that's why the discrepancy in the two rankings maybe. These stats look unbelievably good. What's your thought? How is it compared with top-10 US schools? The placements may not be as stellar though. Where are They Now? - Rotman School of Management
  7. Hi all, Has any of you heard back from UofT's Masters of Economics program yet? Im getting a little nervous... They say the program is very competitive. Anyone mind sharing their candidate profiles?
  8. Hello, I'm planning to take the GRE Biochemistry Microbiology subject test on April 20 2013. I'm looking to start or join a study group somewhere in the GTA, preferably in the city, or west, like Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton. If you are interested in joining me, please reply. Kate
  9. Hi guys, I have been accepted into Queen's MA and Toronto's regular stream MA (waitlisted for the DS) with similar funding options because a lot of it comes from an outside source. I was wondering if any of you knew which school I should attend knowing that my main criteria is placement for Ph.D. I know that Toronto generally seems to be considered a better ranked department at least for Ph.D studies but I don't really care about what department produces the most research, just the one that is a better stepping stone for top Ph.D programs. On that front, Queen's seems to have done better in the past few years from what I have read. Can anyone help me with this? Has Toronto placed regular stream students in good Ph.D programs in the past years? Also, I am waiting on UBC's decision. If I was to be accepted, would you recommend going there over the other 2, again based on placement? Thanks.
  10. How would you rank the university of Toronto? I am looking to apply to econ grad schools this fall and have been considering Toronto. It's somewhat close to home which I view as a plus, but I don't know much about it. According to econphd.net's rankings it had a strength in Trade and Development Rankings: Trade & Development, but has this changed. I am interested in Trade so this is a plus for me. Also as a US citizen would my funding possibilities be lower? Does anyone have an inside view they would care to share?
  11. I am an international student and am terribly confused on where to go for my undergraduate computer science studies. I have been accepted in all of them. I would appreciate if someone would make statements according to their personal experiences and not just heresay. Thank you
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