I've been following the forum for quite some time and I needed some advice before finalizing my apps. Thank you very much!
Type of Undergrad: 4 year- BA in Economics from the top University in Turkey
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00 (currently 1st rank out of 150)
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 420V 800Q 3.5AWA (unfortunately I had to take it twice, in the first one I got 750Q)
Toefl: 107/120 in ibt
Math Courses: Intro to Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, going to take Real Analysis before graduation as a must course
Econ Courses (grad-level): none
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro to Macro (A), Intro to Micro (A-), Math for Econ(A) Intermediate Macro I-II (A), Intermediate Micro I-II (A), Statistics I-II (A) Econometrics I-II(A), Advanced Economic Theory, Theories of Growth and Development, Game Theory(A), Seminar in Macroeconomic Policy ( I am following the academic track which have in the department ) - I took Development Economics, Labour Economics and Environmental Economics when I was in University of Groningen as an exchange student
Other Courses: some history and management courses
Letters of Recommendation: From professors with PhD's from Princeton, Northwestern and Mcmaster, I think all them are solid, one of them should be something more than usual.
Research Experience: None
Teaching Experience: none
Research Interests: growth and development, econometrics, economic history
SOP: I guess its solid, but it's general since I am an undergrad
Concerns: Lack of proper math preparation, no research experience
Applying to: UBC M.A, Barcelona GSE MSc, Tilburg MRes, Tinbergen MRes
I tried couple of top PhD programs for just a long shot, but my plan is to do a masters in a good school before to improve my profile for top 10 in U.S. I keep doing a masters in my school as an outside alternative. I wanted to hear especially about my chances of funding in masters or about any other alternative schools, thanks in advance!
Last edited by THA; 01-08-2011 at 10:44 PM.
It seems you are the best student at Bilkent economics this year. I think you will be accepted to Tilburg with funding.
If your LORs are really strong, you may also be accepted to top 10 PhD programs I guess but as you said your lack of math preparation and research experience are obstacles in your profile.
Thanks for the comment! Do you think Tilburg is the best one among them for making it to PhD in US after? Because as I know UBC and Barcelona GSE has very good PhD placement records and they seem closer to the system in the U.S., I don't have information about the graduates from the schools in the Netherlands
You should apply to Toronto if their deadline has passed. Toronto has a better Macro group. UBC is good for labour, international macro, Micro theory these days. Their good trade people aren't in the econ department except for copeland. That being said for a year long masters the field doesn't really matter, just the program is reputable.
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