Anybody familiar with London School of Economics?

<p>I am a senior majoring in economics and I wanna do a master there (Taught master). Just my GPA is not that competitive. Anybody know How competitive the master programs are? Like the average GPA and GRE people admitted in. Please feel free to share your case.</p>

<p>never heard if the school- is it a community college?</p>

<p>london, kentucky????</p>

<p>Last two posters -- are you kidding me?</p>

<p>LSE is a prestigious university in London, England. It's like an Ivy, I think.</p>

<p>LSE is well known. You'll get a decent break in UK and in some parts of Europe and Asia. It's still no match for some of the top American schools. And living in London is prohibitively expensive, so I suppose you have that aspect sorted out. If you are unable to get into Top 15 in the US (for whatever specialization you wish your Masters to be) then LSE is good. But know that they're basically an economics school.</p>

<p>LSE is very competitive (even for masters programs). I believe that most programs require at least a 2.1 degree which translates to a GPA around 3.5</p>

<p>I know a couple people in masters programs there. One had a 3.6 and the other had a 3.8 ... both had GRE's in the low 1300's.</p>

<p>funding would be the real ***** for LSE. Great school, but not very good funding options for American students I hear. Priority for funds is given to EU and Brits.</p>

<p>KIDDING!!! Sheesh.</p>

<p>I still don't know what school is LSE. I know skuls like oxford, cambridge, Imperial, warwick, durham but LSE--I have never heard off.</p>

<p>Lol, but as previous posters mentioned funding is very hard to get. But far easier for americans than citizens of other countries.</p>

<p>Funding in UK is generally a pain in the rear. ESRC etc clearly specify funding for "UK and EU students". You better be prepared to get funding from your own country or other external sources. </p>

<p>Once you have it and money is not an issue, consider Oxford or Cambridge above LSE/Imperial/etc. LSE should be the third option for top students.</p>

<p>Talk to your professors about grad school, as they tend to know what it takes to get into their own programs.</p>

<p>just graduated from cambridge economics, fyi LSE is top in UK for economics currently (contrast to stratosphere). It doesn't have the same international reputation as oxford or cambridge in everyday talk, but i do think in economics spheres it carries a lot of weight. it has the best masters course to proceed to phds (mathematical economics and econometrics or something similar) in the UK. it is far better than imperial, warwick or durham for economics (does imperial even do economics?), in contrast to sefago. its one of the best econometrics departments in the world, and has some bigshot names in development econ too (besley, ghatak, guinnane...). its a very competitive grad school, and i they only take firsts (or very high 2:1s if you're from oxford or cambridge) from undergraduate students. of course, cambridge and oxford masters are also very strong, with cambridge being very technical, and oxford having some of the top microeconomists in the country (although oxford is 2 years, not 1 as as cambridge, it is still intended with those who majored in economics - it is not a catch up course but is intended continue to phd level in 2 further years)
I have heard that any graduate programme in uk can't compete with the top USA schools like harvard, princeton etc due to a much much smaller amount of resources available (i heard that harvard has more funding than all UK universities combined??)
i don't know anything about US funding as im a uk resident, sorry!</p>

<p>I went to LSE as an undergraduate, but I know many people who went there for their masters. Just this weekend I spent time at an LSE function at the home of the British Ambassador to the U.S. and I can tell you that there are many successful Americans who did their masters in economics at LSE working at places such as the World Bank. It is a great school, but London is now extremely expensive. You may also find that you will be doing a lot of independent study at LSE, perhaps more than at U.S. universities. Anyway, check it out. The people in the admissions office are really nice and they can help you with statistics of entering students, etc. The school also has a very strong American alumnae association with its own website. They would be happy to put you in contact with recent alumnae who could answer your questions.</p>

<p>I am currently doing a Taught Master's program at the LSE, having just graduated from UofChicago in June. My basic impression from the application process and actually enrolling is that it is relatively easy to be admitted compared to other programs in the U.S. The application in fact requires you to choose 2 programs you are interested in: that way, if you are rejected from your first choice program, your application is then passed on to the admissions board of your second choice program without them knowing your application had previously been passed over. There are programs that are more comeptitive than others (IR, for one), but the pick 2 process gives you some confidence to take a chance on a competitive program. </p>

<p>The quality of students in my opinion isn't that high, and that may be supportive of the rumors you may have heard about LSE being a cash cow for post grads. The main thing however is that the LSE, like other UK universities, only admit students with a GPA over 3.5 You can still apply if you don't have a 3.5 and they will admit you on a tentative basis if you are successful, but you basically have to raise your GPA pretty close to a 3.5 in order for them to actually enroll you (I do think they commonly allow people who don't quite reach the threshold to enroll, though, if you give them a good argument). Also, most programs at the LSE don't require the GRE or GMAT, but those that do (including the Econ program), have average scores pretty comparable to those at top 20 American programs. </p>

<p>It's true American kids (like myself) don't get funding, but considering the program is only 1 year and the tuition is only about $25,000, it's actually pretty comparable to what you would being at a 2 year masters program in the U.S.</p>