I was wondering how a B in Differential Equations will be considered when applying for PhD/RA-Ship.

I was close to getting an A but unfortunately ended up with a B+ (which led to a B since my school doesn't have +/- system.). Just as a reference, I've struggled a lot in the beginning but managed to get straight A's in the math courses that I have taken the past two semesters, including: Real Analysis I and II, Abstract Algebra, Proof-based Linear Algebra, Mathematical Probability, Topology, Linear Programming, and Combinatorics

I took it about a year ago, and I was thinking about taking Measure Theory since it includes difference equations so I was wondering whether it will be a good sign if I get an A in this course despite the B in Diff Eq.

Please let me know what your thoughts are! ]]>

Does someone from a college that's ranked 50 have any shot at getting a decent academic job? What about industry? Will I be screwed if I hold a PhD from a college not well known, considering that I won't be able to get a job as a professor easily and I'll be over-qualified for most jobs in industry? Will I at least be able work at a community college or something somewhere in the USA (keep in mind I'm not American)? ]]>

I am considering retaking the GRE (past scores: Q 164 V 148). Do you think that taking the GRE several times have any negative effect on the application for a top Ph.D.? Until now I took only once, but how about someone who took the GRE 3,4,5 times and only then got the desired outcome?

Also, how do admission committees look about the Score Select option? I heard that it is possible to send only one's best scores.

Is it really possible? or schools ask you to send them the result of all the tests?

Thx ]]>

PROFILE:

Type of Undergrad: Economics and Math double major from USNEWS top 40 liberal arts college

Undergrad GPA: 3.85 (class rank somewhere in the top 10%)

GRE: Q: 167, V: 168, AW: 4

Will most likely take Game Theory and some other mathematically focused econ course in my last semester

1. Top 30 PhD, Full (tenured) professor - Advisor to independent research this summer and to my thesis - Have a feeling this one will be the best

2. Top 20 PhD, Assistant professor (non-tenured), RA'd for him last summer - I'd say it'll be good

3. Top 20 PhD, Full (tenured) professor - Involved in a project with him last summer - made me a coauthor on the book chapter we wrote - He also oversees the summer research program so he's seen me quite a bit

1. 1 summer as an RA for a professor (rec #2) - labor economics, public economics, sports economics

2. 1 semester as an unofficial RA for a professor (rec #2) - behavioral economics

3. 1 summer on an independent research project with rec #1 advising - health economics

4. Honors thesis with rec #1 advising - health economics

1. 1 year as a grader in the math department (probably will continue this into this year)

2. 1 year as a tutor for econ/math (probably will continue this into this year)

Development econ, health econ, public econ

In a perfect world, I'd like to integrate all three - like health and developmental policy

Cambridge (Gates Cambridge), Toulouse, UBC, CEMFI, Bocconi, Simon Fraser, VU Amsterdam (Fulbright), Queen's, Toronto, Tinbergen, U of Minnesota APEC, Paris School of Economics (Public Policy and Development)

Also RA positions

1. I'm not entirely sure if I should write off PhD applications completely, but I also don't want to waste time an money if it would be better to just apply in a later cycle once I've had either some research experience or a Master's. Should I apply to PhD programs? And if so, what would be a feasible range?

2. Is it okay to express interest in development econ even though I don't have any research experience directly tied to it? Or is that seen as odd?

Any advice you could give is greatly appreciated. Thank you! ]]>

Does someone from a college that's ranked 50 have any shot at getting a decent academic job? What about industry? Will my life truly be ****ed if I hold a PhD from a college not well known, considering that I won't be able to get a job as a professor easily and I'll be over-qualified for most jobs in industry? Will I at least be able work at a community college or something somewhere in the USA (keep in mind I'm not American)? ]]>

I'd like to get evaluations on my math grades as to how they are for applying for RA positions (positions on nber, siepr, etc.), and advice as to which electives to take.

So far:

Calculus I (A), Calculus II (A), Calculus III (A), Multivariate Analysis (A), Matrix Algebra (C, B), Linear Algebra (A), Abstract Algebra (A) ,Introductory Proof course (C), Discrete Math (B), Differential Equations (B), Linear Programming (W,A), Real Analysis I (A), Real Analysis II (A), Advanced Probability (A), Statistical Inference (A) Topology (A)

How does this look? I was struggling a lot but I managed to pull my grades up in more advanced courses (got As the past two semesters).

I was told by others at my school that I have solid research/programming experience, but will add onto here if needed. But for now, I'm just wondering if my math grades will give me a trouble in applying for the RA positions (my GPA is around 3.65 I believe). Also any advice as to which electives to take? (in need of 1 or 2 more)

Thanks! ]]>

Profile

Ethnicity: URM/Latino

Type of Undergrad: Economics/Math (statistics option) low-ranked public university - you haven't heard of it.

GRE: Quant 163, Verbal 167 (I'm going to retake it, obviously, and I expect to do better - I'm a much stronger math student now than I was when I first took it.)

Undergrad GPA (overall): 3.82

Undergrad GPA (institutional): 4.0

Undergrad GPA (math): 4.0

Math/Statistics Courses: Intro to Analysis (A), Stochastic Processes (A), Mathematical Statistics (A), Probability Theory (A), Linear Algebra (A), Statistical Learning (grad course, A), Cal Series (A in all courses), Differential Equations (A), Discrete Math (A), Number Theory (A),

Economics: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Labor Econ (A), Industrial Organization (A), International Economics (A), Money & Banking (A), Math for Economics (A, grad), Advanced Micro (A-, grad, took through program), Econometrics (A)

Research Experience:

I'll be working as a RA in the Federal Reserve system for two years. I'm not sure who will be writing my LORs from there but I will be working with some economists with PhDs from top-ranked programs. I know Stata/R and some Python. I'd say I'm very proficient in R.

Research Interests: Labor, Household Finance, Econometrics, Public Policy

Concerns/Questions:

1. I have no idea which schools I should target or which schools I could plausibly target. I last thought about graduate school ~9 months ago or so - I try not to think about such things when I'm "in the trenches", it produces unnecessary stress - and my profile was much weaker 9 months ago! As a result, I'm pretty clueless about my current profile.

2. I'm interested in profile-strengthening tips. I can take classes/courses on the side rather easily and, if I really go out of my way, from good universities. I'm interested in continuing my Math/Stats education (I don't feel satisfied yet and I love Math/Stats) while also gaining more exposure to graduate-level Economics. If you see a weakness or have a recommendation, I'd love to hear it, though I refuse to do something solely to get a LOR or an "in".

3. The big question relates to the MA - do you think it's necessary if I want to get into top 20 programs? I suspect that it is. I have no idea though. ]]>

I come from a low ranked (internationally in econ, fairly high ranked otherwise) tier 2 Canadian University (just outside top 4)

In my first year of undergrad, my average (in a business program) was 3.0 with an A+ in calc 1 but some Bs in intro econ courses.

After switching to a Math & Econ program, my grades in years 2 & 3 (going into 4th year now) has been straight 4.0 with only 2 3.9s. This includes:

-Calc & lin alg sequences (A+ except A in LA 1)

-Real Analysis 1 (A+)

-Topology (A+)

-And assorted math courses (complex analysis, few courses in ODEs, some prob/stats, etc...) (A+)

-Random econ field courses (A+)

-intermediate micro & macro (all A+ except A in inter. micro 1)

-econometrics (A+)

-econ research course (A+)

-game theory (A+)

-One withdrawal (W) in some 2nd year financial math course

I am currently doing an NSERC micro project and will write my GRE this summer which I should get close to 170q on. I plan on doing my econ thesis next year and should have some good letters of rec.

I plan on taking (high likelihood of getting A/A+ in all of them)

-Advanced micro / macro courses

-Micro 1 (MA / PhD stream)

-Real analysis 2 (graduate level)

-econometrics 2

I am going into 4th year but I will be staying for a 5th year and will only be taking 3 or 4 courses per semester until i graduate due to having to work part time. As mentioned, I plan on taking all the standard advanced econ courses, real analysis 2, and some other upper year math/econ electives later on and should finish with a 4.0 in my last two years.

However even if I get all 4.0s from now on (very likely), I can only finish with a CGPA of around 3.7.

-Will my crappy 1st year marks + 1 Withdrawal resulting in a rather meh CGPA really matter especially since I have gotten high marks in upper year math / econ?

-Will taking an extra year in undergrad while taking 3/4 courses instead of 5 courses a semester influence my results?

-Will my relatively unranked undergraduate institution factor heavily in my chance of going to a top school?

I want to and I do believe that I can do well in a top school but I am not sure where to apply to given my circumstances. Are there any chances of getting into a top 10/20 PhD right out of undergrad? Will doing a masters (think top 2 Canada or Duke) bolster my chances?

Thanks guys. ]]>

- My linear algebra and diff eqs are both weak. I received As in both these courses, but I don't think I fully internalized the material. Rather, I am good at taking tests and was able to get through by memorizing equations, etc. I would like to retake these courses and understand material at a deeper level

- I've never studied modern algebra

- Received a B in real analysis.

Before applying for a Ph.D program I would therefore like to improve my math skills. I will be working in consulting following graduation so it is unlikely that I can take classes in my spare time. So I am wondering if there are any masters programs that would help me fill in these holes while preparing me for a top Ph.D program. Open to math, stats, or econ masters, but I've heard that math masters are better prep.Which programs specifically should I look into? I would also like to have more time to study for Math GRE. If it helps, my GPA is approximately a 3.8 and I have some limited research experience. Alternatively, should I apply straight for Ph.D programs?

More about my profile:

Econ courses: intro, micro, macro, accounting, metrics, some electives. All As.

Math courses: Calculus sequence, Linear Algebra, Diff eqs, Operations research, Analysis, Probability, Math stats I-II. All As execept analysis and probability (B in analysis, B+ in probability)

CS: Intro to OOP, Data Structures. All As.

Research experience: 1 semester with the stats department.

Rec letters: 2 maths and one Econ professor. They know me better than average but not as close as I'd like.

Thanks! ]]>

I am studying Economics in Germany and interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Canada or UK. Considering my weak background, I have been somehow hesitating. I sincerely ask for your help and I would greatly appreciate any advice you may raise here!

Linear Algebra --- 3ECTS

Probability and Statistics --- 4.5ECTS

Statistics --- 4.5ECTS

Microeconomics & Advanced Microeconomics I --- 14.5ECTS

Advanced Econometrics --- 10ECTS

Applied Time Series --- 8ECTS

Labor Market Search --- 6ECTS

Development Econ --- 6ECTS

Communication --- 6ECTS

Management Research --- 6ECTS

Compensation --- 6ECTS

Topics in Applied Econ --- 10ECTS

Mathematical methods for Econ --- 10ECTS

Type of Undergrad:

2/3) Unsure. There are a few professors whose classes I have done well in, but I’m not sure if their letters would be informative enough for admissions, since they haven’t observed me in a research setting.

I am a rising junior at a top 10 US school currently studying Econ and Math. I was wondering if you guys could give me a little direction/ to let me know where I should think about applying when the time comes. I'm mostly interested in public/applied micro.

Major: Econ and math with an english minor

Thanks for your help!

I've been a long time lurker of the forum and have found a lot of the posts to be very informative. It will be my turn to apply to PhD programs next year, and I am wondering which and how many schools I should be targeting + other concerns. Any advice, wake-up calls, etc. would be appreciated. :)

1. Top 10 PhD, tenured professor for whom I will have RA'd for a year by the time of application, advised my independent study, likely thesis advisor

2. Top 5 PhD, tenured professor with whom I took a class, and for whom I will be TA-ing next year

3. Top 10 PhD, tenured professor for my MA metrics class - I was the only undergrad in the class and did very well so I hope the letter will be good

2. Honors thesis, on which I received a fellowship to get a head start this summer.

3. 1 year + half a summer of working in a econ policy lab at my school, still unsure if I should commit myself to it in the future - have some questions/concerns below.

4. 1 summer REU, data science/sociology interdisciplinary project the summer after my sophomore year, which cemented my interest in doing social science research. Did a lot of coding and data analysis in Python.

1. TA-ing for undergrad econometrics next year

2. Tutored for multivariable calculus and linear algebra for a year and a half.

1. Should I continue working for the policy lab next year? It is a paid job but it will be a lot of time commitment doing that, TA-ing, writing a thesis, taking PhD Micro, and applying to jobs/programs all at the same time. The Econ professor who leads the lab offered me a chance to co-author a paper, and I will be working for them for part of the summer, but frankly I find the subject of my thesis to be more interesting than the lab's paper and would like to dedicate my time to that next year. At the same time, the co-authorship seems appealing, so I don't know. I'm also not good at saying no to people, and I'm not sure how the professor will feel if I tell her I won't have enough time to contribute to the lab next semester.

2. What range of GRE scores should I aim for this summer as a minimum / how much studying should I do? From what I've read, schools use GRE as a filter, but I don't know if that also applies for math major applicants.

3. I've seen people recommend others to do a year or two of RA-ing before applying to boost their chances of getting into a top program. Is there a glaring hole in my profile that would warrant delaying my applications another couple of years? The only thing I can think of is that only one of my recommenders will have known me through research. I'm not sure what the ideal split between research recs/class recs should be. I could ask the policy lab professor for a rec, but they are not as well-published as my current ones and there is the issue of me potentially no longer being in the lab next year.

4. How many schools should I apply to? How safe is it to just apply to top 10-11 + business schools + a smattering of schools in the top 20 with good locations and/or research fit (like UCLA, UCSD, Duke)?

Any insights / suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! ]]>

My credentials are as follows -

1) Bachelor of Science - Mathematics and Physics from Nagpur University, India (GPA - 64 / 100 in Dec 1998)

2) Master of Science - Applied Mathematics from IIT Delhi, India (GPA - 63 / 100 in Nov 2001)

These are the few courses I took at IIT Delhi

1) Linear Algebra - 70%

2) Real and Complex Analysis - 85%

3) Operations Research - 77%

4) Probability and Statistics - 66%

5) Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 78%

6) Mathematical Methods - 64%

7) Applied Functional Analysis - 73%

8) Mathematical Modelling - 65%

3) I am currently pursuing Distance Learning Program from Indira Gandhi National Open University for the Bachelors Program in Economics.I got enrolled in July 2017. The reason I am pursuing this course is to have a knowledge in Intermediate Micro / Intermediate Macro / Stats / Econometrics.

The program is of 3 yrs, but I am planning to write exam in the above mentioned 4 courses so that I can compete with others who have a degree in Economics.

4) GRE Score - 319 / 340 (Quant - 168 / 170 ; Verbal - 151 / 170 ; AWA - 3.0 / 6.0)

5) I am currently working as an Associate Professor in Mathematics at an University in India.

6) My DOB is Jan 1974. Do you think the Adcom will reject my Application or will not give a serious consideration considering the fact that most of the guys will be of 22 - 23 yrs while myself will be 44 at the time of Application.

What are my chances of getting into one of the Canadian Schools with Full Funding ???

Pls suggest few Schools where I should apply.

Any comment will be highly appreciated. ]]>