<font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Hi all,<br><br>I'd appreciate if you could help me assess my profile. What range should I be looking at for public policy PhD programs?<br><br><br>PROFILE:<br></font><u style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333">Type of Undergrad</font></u><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">: B.Sc., Economics, MIT<br><u>Type of Grad:</u>&nbsp;M.A., Economics, NYU</font><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>Undergrad GPA</u>: 4.4/5.0 cumulative GPA (mostly bogged down by humanities classes); 4.8/5.0 econ GPA<br></font><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>Grad GPA:</u> 4.0/4.0<br><u>GRE</u>: 169 Q, 162 V</font><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>Math/Stats Courses</u>: Calculus I-III (A), Linear Algebra (B),&nbsp;</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Differential Equations (A),&nbsp;</span><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Probability &amp; Random Variables (B). All in undergrad. Got an A in Advanced Mathematical Economics in my masters.</font><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Econ Courses:</u><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;Intro-level to advanced-level micro/macro/metrics (in undergrad and masters), and a myriad of electives. Pretty much all As.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>Research Experience</u>: Undergraduate thesis, high-quality 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.<br></font><u style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333">Letters of Recommendation</font></u><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">:&nbsp;</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Two from gov't economists, one from NYU professor I worked closely with.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>Research Interests</u>: International economic policy, international security. I'm very focused and sure about my research interests.</font><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u>SOP</u>: Highlight my research experience and passion for public service. I definitely want to continue my gov't career after the PhD.</font><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><u style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Concerns</u><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">: No real analysis. I don't know if this is really an issue for public policy schools, even among the top-10. Thoughts?</span>