This is a brief overview of my education:

Associates at community college (2014-2016)

GPA: 3.94

Bachelors at Berkeley (2016 - 2018; graduating May 2018)

GPA: 3.86

Major: Statistics

Math courses:

Calculus 1~4 (3 As and 1 B), Graph Theory (A), Discrete mathematics (A), upper division Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis I (enrolled in summer)

Statistics courses:

Probability (A-), Mathematical Statistics (A), Stochastic Processes (future), Time Series (future), Statistical Inference (future)

Economics courses:

Micro theory (A), Macro analysis (A), Labor Economics (enrolled in summer), Grad Micro (enrolled in Fall), Grad metrics (enrolled in Fall)

So this summer I will be taking Labor and Real Analysis. In the Fall I will be taking Grad micro, metrics as well as stochastic processes and time series. I will be doing research in the fall, a senior thesis in statistics and assistant work with a professor.

I intend to apply as a research assistant starting either summer 2018 or fall 2018 after graduation. About when do applications for those positions begin?

Is there anything that stands out that I can do between now and when I apply for PhD programs in 2019? Ideally I hope to go somewhere in the top 15. ]]>

Type of Undergrad: BA Math, Economics, at a top 30 private US university

Undergrad GPA: 3.7 (3.8 Econ, 3.6 Math)

Type of Grad: n/a

Grad GPA: n/a

GRE: n/a (Will take in September)

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro micro and macro (placed out), Intermediate Macro (rigorous track) (A), Intermediate Micro (rigorous track)

(Masters) U Toronto (doctoral) , UBC, LSE, Oxford

(Other schools of Interest) UW-Seattle, U Rochester, USC, UC Irvine, ...

I had a few speed bumps to put it lightly and a streak of A- that I would rather like to take back but can do nothing about. I worked exceptionally hard on my honors analysis course. Analysis II grade has not been released but I am guessing average or better (did get an A- on the midterm). The course is very difficult and the second course in the sequence is at the level of my institution's graduate analysis (Used Royden). And in my statement of purpose I believe I can make a good case that I rushed the math due to the fact that I switched from business major where I never completed more than single variable calculus.

With this largely mediocre profile I am unsure of the range of schools to apply to. I have some masters listed because I believe now I am "competitive" with my peers and so will be able to do well when given a chance to just focus on new content and thus will have a better chance at top schools. Irregardless, can anyone recommend a range of schools to apply or a particular school which would be a good fit. Also, for the masters programs, what are my chances?

Thanks

I'm an international student majored in math and i hoped to study economics in german univerisities. I applied for Bonn, Mannheim, Humblo ldt berlin, Frankfurt, etc, and I got admission from Humboldt(HU) MEMS master in econ and management and Frankfurt GSEFM phd+mqe in economics.

Since I have no general info about german schools other than the international rankings, I applied for as many schools as I managed to and now I'm having hard times deciding which school to go. If you are studying inside one of these programs or you're doing master or doctoral in econ at other german or european schools, so that you could give me some advices, it will help me a lot.

Looking into the school's webpage and threads in many forums, I got an impression that Frankfurt has strength in Macro and Finance and also that the job placement has been successful in macro and fin areas. (Also, i wrote to one of faculty members there and she replied that it is indeed, but she didn't say about micro.) However, since my major interests are in Micro theory, applied micro, game thy and so on, and I also want to study other social sciences and humanities together with economics hoping that would be interesting academic connection, I wonder if the school fits well with my characteristics.

How is it to study micro in Frankfurt? Is it also strong in micro or would it be a bad idea to study micro there?

About MEMS Humboldt university, It is master's program in econ and management sci, but i think i can focus more on econ by my choice. I tried to get some more information about the school, program, but was not successful.

There is no information like job placement (though it's not really decisive for me, i think it can be some criterion to compare schools.) on the webpage and also I could not find threads giving me meaningful information. How is micro at HU in general? I heard that HU is really good in Philo, humanities, maybe in social sci's, so if the program is good in micro as well, maybe it is better for me.

I also know that people successfully graduated hu or fu masters go to BDPEMS to pursue doctoral. How is this institute? Is it also really good as GSEFM frankfurt? How is it to study micro in Berlin in general?

I know Bonn would be a perfect place for micro, but I was rejected doing doctoral study there and now I'm waiting for admission of Master's in Economics and not so sure if it is research oriented or not. Information about this program also would be appreciated.

So many questions. Thank you for reading this.

I hope you guys could give me some valuable advices. And if you need more information about my previous study or my academic interests to give advice, please tell me!

Thank you!! 😊 ]]>

I was hoping to get some course advice from the Brain Trust here. I recently obtained an RA position at Princeton for the next two years. It's with a sociologist, so I'm aware it won't be the most fruitful endeavor recommendation-wise (I took it more for the content of research and access to Princeton, both of which I'm really excited about). Since I'm here and looking towards a PhD in econ, and since my profile isn't super strong, I'm looking to take chooses to boost my application. Things that may be important to know:

I’m 24, just finished a master’s in ed policy at a top 5 ed school

I took probability P/F In undergrad

I got a C+ in real analysis in undergrad (more out of laziness/family issues than ability)

I’m spending the summer brushing up on calc and linear

I'd already planned to take real analysis in the spring and take grad micro next fall. The question for this semester seems to be: should I take probability (or something else, like an undergrad intro proofs, multivariable, or a grad-level field class), or jump right into first semester metrics? At other places I wouldn't consider it, but Princeton seems to have their first semester metrics set up in two parts, where the first is a prob/stat review “from the beginning.” They even put in the course description that it will include the “necessary background in probability theory and statistics.” (Course description below)

“A first-year course in the first-year econometrics sequence: it is divided into two parts. The first gives students the necessary background in probability theory and statistics. Topics include definitions and axioms of probability, moments, some univariate distributions, the multivariate normal distribution, sampling distributions, introduction to asymptotic theory, estimation and testing. The second part introduces the linear regression model and develops associated tools. Properties of the ordinary least squares estimator will be studied in detail and a number of tests developed.”

I’ve looked up previous syllabi, and it seems the first half often even pulls from standard prob/stat undergrad textbooks (e.g., Hogg, McKean, and Craig), so that seemed promising. I guess I’m just wondering if there’s a point to taking undergrad prob if their grad-level econometrics is going to a.) cover the important parts, b.) carry the option of taking a class with an economist who, all things well, could write a recommendation letter, and c.) be a better signal for my application. The question, then, is any of that true?

Ultimately, the question becomes: with two years and a top 5 econ program (ideally) at my disposal, what do you all think would be best for me, course-wise, in terms of improving my application/best preparing me for grad school in economics?

Thanks for your help, friends! ]]>

PROFILE:

Type of Undergrad: Top 5 liberal arts. Completed the honors program

Undergrad GPA: 3.72

Type of Grad: Masters Oxford/Cambridge/LSE

Grad GPA: Merit

GRE: 165/165/5 (taken before all of my post-bacc math so I suspect that I can bump the quant up to a 167+)

Math Courses: Calc I-III (AP, AP, A state school), linear algebra (B 2nd semester freshman year :upset:), differential equations (A state school), probability theory (A state school), statistical methods (A), math stat (A state school), optimization (A- Ivy), analysis I-II (A, A- Ivy), complex analysis (A+ Ivy), grad topology (A+ Ivy), grad linear algebra (A+ Ivy)

Econ Courses: intermediate micro/marco/metrics (B+, A, A+), urban economics (B+) game theory (A-), behavioral (A), labor (A), financial economics (B+)

grad micro (low merit), grad metrics (low merit), grad financial economics (high merit), other module (low merit), dissertation (distinction)

Other Courses: Philosophy courses (was a double major). Other liberal arts courses. Intro computer science java (A ivy)

Research Experience: Masters' dissertation, which involved actual data analysis and not just a survey paper. Undergrad survey papers

Teaching Experience: None

Research Interests: Financial economics and behavioral economics

Other: My math has been a solid upward trend (my last three math courses were the three A+'s at an Ivy school---all after my masters). I wish I had started sooner, as I now really enjoy math. I also wish I had done a bit better in grad micro/metrics, but that's the way the ball bounces, I guess. My undergrad liberal arts econ background certainly lacked the quantitative rigor that many undergrad curriculum's outside the US do so it was a challenge competing against people who only did economics or math their entire undergrads. I suspect if I had the math training I do now I would have done better. But again, that's the way the ball bounces.

Thanks again ]]>

Undergrad GPA: 3.5 Top 3 Unive

Major: Econ , math. calc 1, 2, 3 (B,B,A) Honors Econ 1,2,3 (B,B,B), Analysis 1,2,3 (A,A,A), honors game theory (B), Abstract Linear Algebra (C) Econometrics (A) Algebra 1,2 (A,A), PDE (B), Stat classes (intro to stat thry 1,2 , probability, markov chains) (all A's), honors CS 1, 2 (B, A)

GREs: Not taken yet

Letters: letter from prof at Harvard and from one at HBS worked for both for 2 summers, letter from AP in my dept, letter from game theory prof.

Research Experience: RA for AP in dept. for 3 years, Behavioral Econ research at university-affiliated institute, 2 summers at Harvard working at the Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications and HBS doing game theory/ Math research.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of my profile and how competitive I am for some of the top schools. I think my research background is good and my letters of rec will be strong as well, but I want to hear what everyone's thoughts are. I'm concerned about my GREs. Not quant, but verbal. Is a verbal score in that range too low?

Overall, thoughts and chances? Please be realistic. Thank you! ]]>

Undergraduate school: Top 10 school in US (think Columbia, Upenn, Uchi)

Undergraduate program: BS in applied math, minor in econ and operations research

GPA: 3.8

GRE: haven't taken

Math courses: Multivariable calculus, Linalg, ODE, PDE, Complex variable function, Real Analysis, Discrete time model, Numerical Method, Simulation, Stochastic process, Probability and stats

Econ courses: Intermediate micro/macro, econometrics (will take advanced econ classes in the future)

RA: working under an environmental economics project, will be working on an applied math project as well

TA: TA for two semesters

Other internships in the financial industry (data analysis and trading support)

Research interest: financial economics, macroeconomics, applied econometrics

Here are my concerns:

What schools should I apply for?

How to improve my profile in order to be competitive in the admission process?

What if I apply for phd after I work for several years in the industry? Is it feasible?

Any pearls of knowledge will be appreciated. ]]>

1. I'm a 23 years old Iranian, in the last year of my industrial engineering bachelor. GPA 3.4 will probably be 3.5 by the end of my Bs.

2. I've been working full time while studying for the past year (as an accountant) and I also have 2 year of military experience (mandatory military service).

3. I'm studying for the CFA level 1 in this December. and have passed the three first levels of ACCA so far.

4. I'm also fairly competent at VBA and I've been making financial models for fun for the past year. (Valuations, Stock Pitches, M&A, LBO, etc.)5. took a diagnostic GMAT test last week and got a 650 (Q50, V28) I haven't started studying for GMAT AT ALL so I think it's safe to assume my score will improve dramatically

My goals:

1. I'm going to apply for MSc. finance or economics in December 2018 (don't have the $ right now!)

2. my first choice is Bocconi master of finance, I'm also going to apply to RSM, SSE, st.gallen, among others. I'm not going to apply to US or UK since in all honesty, I won't be able to afford the tuition and living expenses

3. my long term goal is to finish my masters with a high GPA and one or two papers (hopefully I can get an RA position in the second year) and then apply to the top 10 (and probably get rejected and die a sad death!)

A research opportunity:

So there is this Professor I know in my country, kind of a big deal in here, which outside Iran means nothing. anyway, after a meeting, he found out about my intentions and told me that he's willing to mentor me until I leave Iran. he told me that I can start a project or try to write a paper and he is going to help me with it (show me how it's done, how to send it out to journals and what not) I have 2 years for this.

but as you know since I'm an undergrad I have nothing to write a paper about. I was thinking about doing something that shows to my MSc. professors that I'm serious about research and Ph.D. and I have the skills needed to be an RA but I don't know what project can convey this message.

My questions:

2. which programming language should I learn? I was thinking Matlab or python. I know that this is subjective but right now I don't know what field of research I'd be interested in (for now I enjoy reading up on asset pricing, risk management, and time series analysis. also enjoy statistics and econometrics)

3.should I finish my CFA? I know it won't matter in an academic setting but would it help with the admission process?

4. if I go to Bocconi with the aforementioned research and what not do you think there is any chance of me attending a top 10 program? I know every year 7-8 people go from Bocconi to top 10 but I don't know their backgrounds.

5.Any other affordable master programs you'd recommend for someone interested in pursuing a Ph.D.?

6. anything else I should consider?

many thanks

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So I am probably going to receive a B/B- in my mathematical statistics class. I am wondering whether I should just move on and try to do a better job at other math classes or retake this class. If I retake it, I won't receive any additional credits, but the gpa from the new class will be combined and averaged.

My other math classes: Calc I/II/III (A+/A+/B+), Linear Algerbra (A/A+), Mathematical Statistics (Expected B/B-), Economics Statistics I/II (A+/A+).

I am going to take real analysis and diff eq this Fall.

What do you guys think? ]]>

Any thoughts, suggestions would be greatly appreciated! This isn't (obviously) for this go around of applications but the following year.

Wondering what would be considered a realistic for Econ PhD programs? Top 10? Top 20? Top 50? Looking to see where I relatively hold up. More details about my profile:

Undergrad GPA: 3.78 Top 50 National University with honors

Major: Econ major, math minor. I took principles of macro & micro (both As) intermediate macro and micro (both As) econometrics (A-) History of monetary economics (A-) Economic Policy Analysis (A-), Public Economics (A), IO (A-) Senior Capstone, written on a topic in financial economics,(A), Calc 1 (A) Calc 2 (A), Calc 3 (B+), Stats (A-), Linear (A-), intro to proofs (A-) Time series analysis (A)

Grad GPA: 3.9 (Same university)

Major: Mathematics

Real Analysis (A-), Measure Theory (A), Probability (A-), Statistical Inference (A) Algebra 1 (A) Algebra 2 (A) Thesis: Applying methods of topological and symbolic dynamics to complex economic modeling problems (A) I was also a TA for undergraduate Analysis (if that counts for anything)

GREs: Not taken yet! Although practice tests, including the 2 ETS tests have been 166-170 Q, 157-160V.

Letters: Professors from 1) (Grad) Math Thesis advisor. We're in the process of publishing some of the results that came out of my thesis and 2 years of research I did for him. 2) Undergraduate Capstone advisor in which I wrote a paper on quantifying reputational losses that are felt by publicly traded firms when they are accused of misconduct.3) Economist at Federal Reserve Board.

Research Experience: I spent 2 years as a graduate research assistant to a professor which involved mathematical modeling of complex systems. Research is funded by a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) grant. My focus was on applying some of the abstract general modeling approaches to concrete economic models. I am currently working at the Federal Reserve Board doing applied macro research on linkages between real and financial market behavior. Includes policy simulations and projections of macro activity. A lot of DSGE modeling and some statistical inferences.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of my profile and how competitive I am for some of the top schools. I think my research background is good and my letters of rec will be strong as well, but I want to hear what everyone's thoughts are. I'm concerned about my GREs. Not quant, but verbal. Is a verbal score in that range too low?

Overall, thoughts and chances? Please be realistic. Thank you!

(Also posted in "Grad School" forum) ]]>

I am the Director of Graduate Studies at Rice University. Some of you may recall that I posted last year about our new online math camp (see here: http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-econo...ce-online.html). Following the success of last fall's math camp, we are offering both math camp and stat camp online again this summer.

Students who sign up to take either the math or stat camp this summer will take the class alongside our newest cohort of Rice graduate students. At the end of math camp, you will be awarded a certificate indicating that you have successfully completed the math camp, and also have the opportunity to earn a certificate with distinction for excellent performance.

In addition, all non-Rice students who sign up for math camp will be given a waiver of the application fee if they choose to apply to the Rice economics PhD program.

The link to sign up for the math camp is here: Math Camp for Economics PhD Students | Rice Online Learning

The link to sign up for the stat camp is here: Stat Camp for Economics PhD Students | Rice Online Learning

Best,

Hulya Eraslan

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How would you guys rank them personally?

How about ranking for their Micro? ]]>

Right now I'm finishing my second year in a fairly highly ranked European bachelor's program in Economics. My program is three years long (all econ focused) and I'm comparing different Masters programs with the notion of staying close to home for my Masters and going to the US for my PHD.

I wanted a real comparison between programs so I looked at topics taught in the UK and US programs and topics taught in some of the continental European programs.

Is it really true that the courses in the best UK and US Masters programs are already surpassed by what I've taken during my bachelors? I've even noticed stuff that that is seemingly taught at PHD programs that is at a lower level than what I will take just next year. ]]>

Type of Undergrad: B.Sc in agricultural econ and math from national univ

Undergrad GPA: 3.79 /4.0 .. 6semester graduate

Econ Undergrad Courses: Micro A.macro A econmetric A.... Etc total 40 credit

Math courses : analysis 1 year A, linear algebra 1year A, etc total 42 credit

GRE:166/170/4.5

Research Experience: Research 1year , 1 paper in my country journal...

letter of recommendation: professors are graduate at Tamu, uc-davis , Oregon state

and math professor graduate at my country

Other:need base and merit base scholarship 6 semester...

I have 2 year funding of other foundation

Where can I apply? ]]>