Question about US Ivy League Schools compared to International/Abroad Schools


<p>I had a question. Does anyone know how the London School of Economics (LSE) ranks against American Ivy League schools? Are they of the same caliber education and reputation? I'll be doing an MA in Public and Economic policy, after I finish my undergrad in economics and political science (honors).</p>

<p>I'm finishing up at the University of Washington (Seattle), and I was accepted into LSE recently, but I'v always wanted to do an Ivy league school post-grad. So LSE as an option kind of came out of left field, and I don't really know how to compare it to other options like Columbia, or even Georgetown or Johns Hopkins. I understand networking is important-regarding whether I want to work in Europe or the US afterwards to some degree. </p>

<p>But all that does prestige of the school and faculty compare with Ivy league in the US? I've checked rankings, and they are all over the place. If anyone can offer me a more in depth answer, I thank them in advance. Any advice, of course, is appreciated.</p>

<p>Probably top 4 in the world. The best in Econ are (not in order) MIT, Chicago, Harvard, and London. I don't think any ivy-league will get you more prestige in economics internationally except the only above mentioned one (harvard). Remember, they will all give you an excellent education so find the one that fits. Rankings of a couple places do not much difference, and will likely change while you are in school. I'd say go with London if you like it. Congrats!</p>

<p>I'm contemplating accepting an offer to do a Masters in Public Adminstration for Public and Economic Policy (I just realized I wrote "MA", sorry I meant an MPA). Its a two year program which different options for the economics portion. It involves a CAPSTONE project in your second year etc.</p>

<p>I THINK I like it :P Decisions decisions! :/
Thanks for the input btw.</p>

<p>Also check out the way the LSE program is conducted. The British universities' grad programs tend to be much less structured than the American ones.</p>

<p>Although LSE's Econ department is excellent, it is not one of the top 5 Econ programs in the World. I would say the top 5 (for graduate Econ) are, in no particular order, Cal, Chicago, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Well, that's the top 7 I guess. LSE Econ is comparable to Columbia, Northwestern and Penn.</p>