I'm a graduating senior at top 10 univ and I'm planning to apply to phd programs for 2011 fall.
I had many regrettable moments during first two years of my undergrad (my gpa shows that) and due to personal circumstances I left school to work after my sophomore year. Now I am determined to do what I really want to do, and I would greatly appreciate if you guys can advise me on, well, anything.
GPA: 3.37 as of now. Hoping to end with 3.45.
Major: Economics (GPA: 3.7~3.8)/ Minors: Computer Engineering and Philosophy
- Math: Calculus sequence (B), Linear Algebra (A), Optimization (A), Analysis I (P/F), Algebra 1 (taking now; probably A), Knot theory (taking it now; probably A-/A)
- Econ: Int Micro/Macro (A-/A), Econometrics(B+), Adv Micro (A), International Monetary Theory(A), Environmental Economics (B), History of Chinese Econ (taking it now). Audited: History of Modern Economics
- Etc: Probability and Statistics (B+), Analysis of Algorithms (B+), Computer Science theory (A), Discrete Mathematics (A), Decision Theory (B), Logic (A), many programming classes and philosophy classes
- about 2 yrs of teaching SAT's
- summer internships in investment banking and foreign affairs
- numerous part-time jobs (mostly in the area of teaching and translations)
I'm planning to do post-bac after graduation and hoping to take the following courses:
- Summer: Analysis II, ODE, Game theory
1-yr Phd course in Microecon
1-yr Phd course in Macroecon
- two from econ and one from philosophy. not superb but very good.
- I have three extra rec's(all very good) from my employers/internship supervisors. Should I submit them?
Someone suggested me to apply to 1-yr masters in statistics (at Columbia) instead of doing a post-bac.. would a master's be more helpful than doing a post-bac and take more tailored set of classes?
I haven't taken GRE (will probably take this summer). I got 176 in LSAT if that helps.
Should I also take a look at business phd's since my coursework is better (or I was told) suited for business (decision and risk, etc.)?
Any feedback/advice is wholeheartedly appreciated.