Type of Undergrad: BS Finance and Mathematics, NYU Stern
Undergrad GPA: 3.83/4
Type of Grad: MBA at IIM A/B/C (top B school India)
Grad GPA: 6.92/9
GRE: Q: 168, V: 162
Math Courses: Calc 1-3, Linear Algebra, ODE, Analysis 1, Algebra 1, Math Modeling, Vector Analysis
Econ Courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics
Letters of Recommendation: 3 Professors from MBA program
Research Experience: Undergraduate Thesis at NYU Stern
Teaching Experience: TA - Marketing and Math Tutor at NYU
Research Interests: International Economics and Finance
SOP: My SOP was well structured and I managed to tie in all my achievements, extracurricular activities, research and teaching experience to create a narrative about why I wanted to pursue a Masters and a PhD. The key, I think is to explain why you did what you did and how it relates to the various aspects of a PhD in economics and life thereafter.
Acceptances: Oxford MPhil, Cambridge MPhil, LSE EME, UCL MSc, UoT MA (TAship)
Rejections: UBC MA
Attending: Oxford MPhil
Comments: Was surprised to get rejected by UBC
What would you have done differently?
I wish I had applied to some programs in the top 30, would have saved me two years and lots of money. But at the beginning of the application season, I honestly did not feel confident of cracking a funded offer at any of the top 30 programs. I also wish I had applied to CEMFI as the program would have offered the same benefits as Oxford MPhil but at a significantly lower cost.
How accurate were others' predictions of your range of admissions?
Fairly accurate, as most posters predicted that I would crack one or two of the aforesaid institutions.