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Study experience: George Washington University

Anonymous
Studied at: George Washington University
Study period: Aug '15 – May '17
Experience rating:
4 out of 10
Type of study: Master
Jan '17

Master's courses are rote memorization

The only challenge that BI offers is to test one's ability to memorize course material. The only valuable metric in determining whether a student gains a good grade is the ability to memorize very short, specific answers to very broad questions on final exam that counts for between 60-100% of your final grade. Projects could be skipped in favor of doing well on the final exam in most classes (at least in economics and finance). The expectations of the students seems to be limited to those who have zero work experience and who have just graduated with their bachelor degree - it feels more like the 5th or 6th year of a quantitative BBA. There are no deeper insights from the professors provided, not requested from students. The function of the thesis works as a reproduction of what the school wants students to memorize, coupled with number wrangling. I don't think NOKUT nor BI understand that Finance is not a science, nor is economics, nor that algebraic proofs do not make a science. It would be better for BI to enable students to apply theory to methods in the first semester, and take anempirical approach rather than enforce memorization of theoretical meandering via algebraic proofs. Finance can no more become physics than psychology can.

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