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    Public Policy PhD Profile Evaluation

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    Hi all,

    I'd appreciate if you could help me assess my profile. What range should I be looking at for public policy PhD programs?

    Type of Undergrad: B.Sc., Economics, MIT
    Type of Grad: M.A., Economics, NYU

    Undergrad GPA: 4.4/5.0 cumulative GPA (mostly bogged down by humanities classes); 4.8/5.0 econ GPA
    Grad GPA: 4.0/4.0
    GRE: 169 Q, 162 V

    Math Courses: Calculus I-II (A), Linear Algebra (B), Differential Equations (A), Probability & Random Variables (B). All in undergrad. Got an A in Advanced Mathematical Economics in my masters.
    Econ Courses: Intro-level to advanced-level micro/macro/econometrics (in undergrad and masters), and a myriad of electives. Mostly As.
    Research Experience: Undergraduate thesis, masters thesis. Worked closely with a professor, but not sure if it will lead to a co-authorship. 2 year gov't RA, 2 year mid-level economic analyst position in gov't dealing with international/macro matters. Strong programming skills.
    Letters of Recommendation: Two from gov't economists, one from NYU professor I worked closely with.
    Research Interests: International economic policy, international security. I'm very focused and sure about my research interests.
    SOP: Highlight my research experience and public service. I want to continue my gov't career after the PhD.
    Concerns: No real analysis. I don't know if this is really an issue for public policy schools, even among the top-10. Thoughts?
    Last edited by Bret Hart; 08-09-2017 at 04:01 PM.

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