I come from a 3rd world nation (don't be too harsh on me kay... ) and I intend to get a PhD in economics from abroad.
Let's start with my qualification:
Type of Undergrad: Bachelor in Economics from the best University in my nation
Undergrad GPA: 3.36 / 4.0
Math Courses: Mathematical Economics (A-), Advanced Mathematical Economics (A), Multivariate Calculus (B - I failed once with a D), Statistics for Economics and Business 1 & 2 (A & B).
Econ Courses: Intro Micro (B+), Intro Macro (B+ after a second take, my first take is C+), Intermediate Micro/Macro (B,B+), Econometrics 1 & 2 (B+, B), Advanced Micro (A after a second take, previously B-), Advanced Macro (B) Undergraduate Thesis (A).
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: Quantitative 94%, Verbal 39%, and AW 11% (new GRE)
Letters of Recommendation: All from economist
1. My current research supervisor and also my teacher back in undergrad, he get his PhD from University of Tokyo.
2. A young Faculty in Harvard, he get his Econ PhD from Yale.
3. A Research fellow in Harvard, he is around 60 years old and get his PhD from Harvard.
Teaching Experience: 2 years teaching intermediate micro & macro, mathematical economics, and statistics for economics and business
Research Experience: 2 years with several professors in my university and half a year with Harvard.
Research Interests: economic growth and development with focus on South East Asia (Area Studies) and Industrial Development.
SOP: So far so good...
- Lack of formal math background, I try to solve this problem by doing some self study in mathematical statistics, linear algebra, and real analysis. I know it is not enough but it's better than doing nothing. Moreover, in my university I don't have the luxury to freely take classes outside the faculty of economics; I need my department head approval that involve long bureaucracy. It is the system and unpleasant, but there is nothing I can do than bear with it.
- My English, my last iBT score is 94 and the score for each section is greater than 20.
- My econ grade is mediocre, but I have 2 years TA experience and plenty RA experience. So, I believe that I need not worry too much about this.
- Funding! (My main concern)
I have did some research before, and my favorite programs are:
1. Econ PhD, Harvard.
2. Econ PhD, Berkeley.
3. Econ PhD, Yale.
4. MSc Econ History, LSE.
5. MA/MS Econ, University of Tokyo.
Any advice is appreciated