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McGill Arts joint Honours Economics and Finance program vs. Carleton’s PAPM

Hi, as you can tell from the title, I’m really confused about which program I should pursue next year. I’m torn between the McGill Arts joint Honours Economics and Finance program and Carleton’s PAPM. From where I stand, both programs have their fair share of pros and cons (e.g. Carleton’s has co-op, but McGill’s doesn’t, and I have the potential to take math courses for McGill’s, however, I cannot integrate math into Carleton’s). My end goal is to go into law school, but in case that doesn’t work out, I want to be able to go to grad school and, hopefully, secure a 9-5 job that pays decently well. Any advice would help a lot. Thanks.    

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  1. Econ and finance is much more quantitative-heavy and employable than that public policy program. As far as grades, neither will be easy for getting a high GPA for law school. It’s really easy to pass arts courses, but not so easy to consistently get A’s because of the subjective nature of marking.

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  2. Thank you so much for the response! It’s definitely something I’d have to consider.

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  3. I am a lawyer. Carleton is the best public policy school in Canada. The PAPM program is one of the only undergraduate programs that the federal government actually recruits students from. You can see some of their alumni and student ambassadors on their website. The other poster is an engineering graduate I believe so take their opinion with a grain of salt here. I have direct experience with this field. Go to Carleton PAPM without a doubt if your goal is public policy or law. The program will be easier than econ and finance. Moreover, the program is better for government jobs by virtue of its co-op program being so well established. With McGill’s program, to land a government job you will realistically need to do a master’s at the very least. I would only take that program if you want to work in business/finance. But if law or public policy/government, you want to go to Carleton without a doubt.

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    NPSIA is Canada’s oldest school of international affairs, founded during what is commonly considered a golden age of Canadian diplomacy. The school offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of global issues, divided into eight fields.
    In 2007, a poll of Canadian academics, intended to determine the best professional masters programs in international affairs, ranked NPSIA at No. 2, tied with Georgetown University, and ahead of programs at universities like Harvard and Columbia. A 2014 survey of Canadian academics in international affairs confirmed NPSIA as the most recommended school in Canada for students seeking a career in policy.
    NPSIA is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a group of public policy, public administration and international affairs schools.

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  5. At the end of the day, with Carleton PAPM, you do not even need to go to graduate school, because many of its undergraduate land straight into the government through its co-op program, work 9-5, and make decent salaries.

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  6. I think you should go with Honours Economics, I also did this course in last summer, finance course is quite difficult, I got my books and notes from, if you will go with this subject I will help you if you get stuck in any topic. Good Luck

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