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Financial Economics at U of T

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Hey guys,
I was wondering if someone could give me more information about the Financial Economics Program at U of T. I heard that it's a challenging program and that you get admitted to the program after first year and you need like a GPA of 3.3. In addition to that, it's a limited enrollment program and competitive like hell. So meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission in second year :/ Does anyone know approximately how many students get admitted to the program in second year? And is it really worth the risk? What happens if I complete all the prerequisite courses in first year but don't get accepted to second year? What is going to happen then? Will I be forced to settle with a BA in Economics? That's really not worth all the hard work...Also, the programm is offered at the UTSG and UTM campus. Would the program at the UTM campus be less competitive or do students from both campuses compete against each other for a place in the program after first year? Lastly, is it possible to attend a financial economics program at another university and then transfer to second year at U of T? Or do they not accept transfer students because of its limited enrollment?
Anyways, I appreciate any advice & information. Thanks.

PS: I hope this belongs under business. I don't know where else to post it.
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PM Jdot111, he is in Financial Economics at UofT.
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Thanks I will do that right away hopefully he will read it.
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I read your pm, ill answer it here so everyone can read it:

Financial Economics at UofT is quite challenging, possibly because the program is offered mainly as graduate level in most schools. almost all the professors who teach the undergrad courses teach the graduate courses.

for admission, you can only apply after 2nd year. you need a minimum of 8 credits all at UofT with a MINIMUM GPA of 3.3 . I stress minimum because tons of smart kids apply with gpas in the 3.7-4.0 range. admission is extremely competitive aswell they admit around 25-30 people each year depending on the selection of courses and how many people have not graduated yet.

so what you have to do is after first year you apply for eco specialist, take the required courses (eco206, 208, 227) and few electives and apply to Financial Eco subject post end of 2nd year. If you do not get admitted dont worry, you can still do the Economics specialist at UTM which is a Bcomm. the reason why some courses are offered at UTM and SG is because the classes are so small it wouldnt make sense to have the prof teach the same thing 3-4 times to 5-10 people.

the Eco specialist at UTM is less competitive because most people do accounting and finance specialist but i only know like 10 people doing eco specialist. but you would only need like a 2.8-2.9 gpa, it depends what the gpa is for commerce that particular year.

and as for transferring forget about it. if anything you will get a transfer for 1st year eco and 1st year math but thats it.

I myself was in bcomm at UTM and was doing eco specialist, but decided to transfer to Financial Economics because the content they teach in courses like game theory or econometrics are taught by the people who are known worldwide for it. and if you plan to do MFE (master of financial economics) it will be MUCH easier than if you did a economics degree elsewhere, because the content is very similar.
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@Jdot111 wrote
I read your pm, ill answer it here so everyone can read it:

Financial Economics at UofT is quite challenging, possibly because the program is offered mainly as graduate level in most schools. almost all the professors who teach the undergrad courses teach the graduate courses.

for admission, you can only apply after 2nd year. you need a minimum of 8 credits all at UofT with a MINIMUM GPA of 3.3 . I stress minimum because tons of smart kids apply with gpas in the 3.7-4.0 range. admission is extremely competitive aswell they admit around 25-30 people each year depending on the selection of courses and how many people have not graduated yet.

so what you have to do is after first year you apply for eco specialist, take the required courses (eco206, 208, 227) and few electives and apply to Financial Eco subject post end of 2nd year. If you do not get admitted dont worry, you can still do the Economics specialist at UTM which is a Bcomm. the reason why some courses are offered at UTM and SG is because the classes are so small it wouldnt make sense to have the prof teach the same thing 3-4 times to 5-10 people.

the Eco specialist at UTM is less competitive because most people do accounting and finance specialist but i only know like 10 people doing eco specialist. but you would only need like a 2.8-2.9 gpa, it depends what the gpa is for commerce that particular year.

and as for transferring forget about it. if anything you will get a transfer for 1st year eco and 1st year math but thats it.

I myself was in bcomm at UTM and was doing eco specialist, but decided to transfer to Financial Economics because the content they teach in courses like game theory or econometrics are taught by the people who are known worldwide for it. and if you plan to do MFE (master of financial economics) it will be MUCH easier than if you did a economics degree elsewhere, because the content is very similar.



What are the career options for graduates of the financial economics program. Like campus recruitment etc.
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