Hi Faj91. I will do my Ph.D. in finance this Fall. So I may have something that can help you in the applying process.
- First, can you provide more detail about your math background? From my experience, the adcom will check what math courses you took carefully. Real analysis is recommended, Prob and stat (masters or Ph.D. level) is a very positive signal to the adcom that you will do good in the rigorous Ph.D. coursework. I was asked this question in the interviews.
- Second, do you code? If you're interested in doing empirical research, programming is a must.
- Third, you should improve your research experience. I see that you have not exposed to any academic research except your thesis.
- Fourth, your reason to pursue a Ph.D. is not really strong. The adcom wants to see those who have a plan to do original research and stay in academia.
- Fifth, who will write your letters? Are they active researchers in the finance field?
- Last but not least, your GRE seems to pass the cut-off. But if you aim higher, says Top 20, top 10, you should get a higher quantitative score. My Prof, who used to work in the adcom, told me that for top 20 the cut-off quant is 95th percentile or above.
Hope it helps.