Hi, I have been lurking around here for about a year now. I've read through most of the recommended threads and thought I'd finally put my profile up here to see what the collective wisdom is on my chances.
I would really like to find some good Masters programs to apply to in addition to the usual range of PHD programs. I am planning to apply to Tufts but suggestions for others would be great.
Also, I am really interested in Education. Any recommendations for schools doing great things in that area would be much appreciated.
I will be graduating in fall 2011 (I started during a spring semester) and I am planning on applying then, so I have some flexibility for additional Math / Economics courses to take over the next two semesters (mostly I just have Gen-Eds, etc. to finish up after this semester). Suggestions on ways to round out my math and economics background would also be apreciated.
Type of Undergrad: Flagship State University with top 50 Econ PHD program. Econ/Math double major.
Undergrad GPA: 3.9
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 790 / 710
Math Courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Calculus Based Statistics (two semesters), Introduction to Proofs, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Modern Analysis, Mathematics of Finance, Non-Linear Dynamics.
Econ Courses (grad-level): Micro Theory I, Macro Theory I
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Introduction to Micro, Intro to Macro, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Writing in Economics, Game Theory, Independent Study, Honors Thesis
Other Courses: Nothing super relevant.
Letters of Recommendation: Two tenured Econ Professors, both graduates of top-twenty programs but neither are particularly well known. Third will be from a Math professor who I had for differential calculus and have TA'd for ever since. All should be good recommendations, but I'm not sure if they will be "best student in career" good.
Research Experience: Honors Thesis in economics of education
Teaching Experience: TA for Pre-calculus
Research Interests: Education!
SOP: I am an Iraq war veteran, and I talk a little bit about that but otherwise its pretty generic.
Concerns: letter of recommendation's from professor's who aren't particularly well know. No graduate level analysis. My undergrad Econ department is not particularly prestigous, and my school is well regarded but is not an Ivy. Nothing in my profile pops out to differentiate me from the masses of would be economists. No econometrics. Funding is a major concern.
Other: Preference to live in the Northeast, but could move for the right opportunity.
Applying to: Dream schools: MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Boston University, Boston College, Princeton, NYU, Tufts. Recommendations for more realistic schools would be very welcome - I'm just not sure which programs line up best with my interests. I have a meeting with an adviser to discuss some other schools to apply to coming up, but I'd love to have some additional names to talk to him about going into that meeting.
Thanks very much everyone. This board is great. I've learned a lot reading here. Hopefully I'll go to a great school and get a chance to contribute some!