[Help!] Quant. background for MPP and MPAs

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    Hello everyone, how are you?

    Glad Ive found the student room am honestly a bit lost with so much information on Mpps, Mpas and Mpa-ids - I would very much appreciate "hearing" your opinion on this topic and my story.

    Im starting to prepare myself to apply for top MPP or MPA-ID programs.. probably in 2-3 years from now. But here's the fun, challenging thing:

    Ive graduated a couple of years ago in Social Communication - Advertising/Marketing (GPA 8.5 out of 10) and, honestly, had no quantitative background from grad school.

    Recently, Ive moved from working with consumer good to working at a 3rd sector foundation - where I work as a project analyst, focused on implementing management courses and consultancy at education secretariats; while also managing impact evaluation of these initiatives.

    I do love the job and have been exposed to a lot of economics and public policies contents - which has awaken an honest interest for these areas, and one of the reasons Im seeking a MPP or MPA.

    My question: Im considering taking micro, macro, statistic, econometry and math classes to fill the quantitative gap, but how much depth is required? Is it enough to have a good GRE quant and introductory calculus, micro and macro?

    Since I still have 2-3 years to go under preparation, I will decide wether to:

    1. Take a 2-years-Masters in Economics (tough and complex one);
    2. Take independent classes (no diploma) at local University; or

    2. Take a 2-years-especialization Economics course - aimed at jornalist, lawyers, where I can have introductory classes in these subjects.

    Would very much appreciate having your opinion on my historic and this matter.

    Thanks a lot in advance,

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