Gwen in VA Posted March 27, 2008 Share Posted March 27, 2008 Ds is planning on majoring in economics, with a possible double major in political science. He is interested in going on to grad school, with a goal of getting a Ph.D. and working in the public policy arena. My big question -- how important is it for him to get a degree from a "name' school? Also, any thoughts on balancing the quality of the econ dept with the prestige of the school? What if he finds a program at a "lesser" school where many profs are all doing research in his area of interest? Should he look more at the school's reputation, and leave choosing a school based on profs' research interests until grad school? And what about a "name" LAC that doesn't have a strong econ program? I have heard that for investment banking attending a "name' school is almost a prerequisite. Is the name school that important for grad school admissions in economics? Thank you so much for thinking about this -- Dh and I are engineers, so we are absolutely clueless as to how important the name of the school will be for him. We do know that the presige of the degree can be extremely important in certain fields, such as investment banking. We don't want him to choose the "lesser" school because he likes the research if it will cripple his chances later on Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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