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    I've been a longtime reader of the forum and thought I'd ask a question. I will be pursuing my masters degree in economics at UC Denver, I was wondering with my profile if it would be possible to gain admittance to a top 35 program after completion (assuming I do well). To give you some background-

    My undergrad GPA is slightly low- around 3.2-3.25
    I have a good deal of mathematics courses (ODE's, PDE's, modeling, lower level linear algebra etc) but lack formal real analysis (though I did do self study with a professor on this matter)

    my economics gpa is good- around 3.7 with classes in the usual subfields (micro macro, IO, Econometrics, game theory etc)
    I have TA'd one course in microeconomics.

    My GRE was unfortunately not very good, around a 160 quant score, which is not ideal to say the least.

    With all of this information, would my chances for a top 30-35 PhD program be good assuming I take analysis and improve my GRE score?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Prospective PhD after masters

    It's certainly possible. Improving the GRE will be important, and the grades in those math courses will matter. What your letters of recommendation say will matter a lot.

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    Re: Prospective PhD after masters

    OP ignore this comment. You certainly have a shot if you improve your GRE, get great letters and if possible hav some RA experience with a working paper out. Best wishes.
    Quote Originally Posted by dregon03 View Post
    It depends on what top 35 you mean. If you are speaking about top 35 in US, then maybe. If you are speaking about top 35 in the world, then no. I think you should rather aim for admissions at schools that specialize since your GPA is definitely too low for any decent school.

    Good luck!
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    Wow... Why does honesty get ignored?
    Not a lot of people are going to be honest with you.
    I just gave you advice coming from my heart so you don't waste your time trying for top 35 econ grad schools.

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    Re: Prospective PhD after masters

    dregon03, perhaps you might say what your background is so people can better understand what you're basing your suggestions on.

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    I don't know why you chose the UC Denver master's program as there are much better programs out there, but if you do ace that program, you might have a chance at a top 35 school..

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    I was under the impression that UC Denver placed students (if they had a strong profile) at top 40 schools. I could be wrong but this was my impression based on what I've read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golf View Post
    I was under the impression that UC Denver placed students (if they had a strong profile) at top 40 schools. I could be wrong but this was my impression based on what I've read.
    UC Denver is not even a top 40 program itself. It might place the odd student at a top 40 school, but I think *might not be right* that these might be international and non-domestic students.

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