Please help me choose a range of programs I could have a shot, I would really appreciate any advice.
Thanks in advance!!
Type of Undergrad: BA in Economics (Top 15 program in Brazil)
Undergrad GPA: 7.5/10 (top 20% of my class)
Type of Grad: MA in Applied Economics (Top 10 program in Brazil)
Grad GPA: 8.0/10
GRE: 164Q/ 160V/ 4.0 AW
TOEFL: 103 iBT
Math Courses: Linear Algebra, Calculus (I, II), Quantitative Methods (I, II, III, IV), Real Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Statistics (I, II)
Econ Courses (grad-level): Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics ,Monetary Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Development Economics,
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Microeconomics (I, II, III), Macroeconomics (I, II, III), Econometrics (I, II), Monetary economics, Brazilian economics (I, II), Spatial Econometrics
Other Courses: 6 Months as an exchange student in Denmark (Aarhus University)
Letters of Recommendation: One letter from my supervisor on my BA thesis (PHD in Germany), one from my supervisor on my MA thesis (PHD in U.S) and a "co-supervisor" of my MA thesis (Professor in Canada)
Research Experience: Both B.A and M.A thesis count as experience as a researcher
Teaching Experience: 1 year as T.A in Microeconometrics
Research Interests: Economics of Education, Labor Economics and Development Macroeconomics
SOP: Standard SOP, will justify a little bit the grade system here, and how it is different from the U.S GPA
Concerns: Not so good GPA, I don't think my LOR are strong enough
Applying to: 50 -100 top program.
This is tough. I recommend the following
1. Look for students from Brazil on the job market this year and prior years (go to the placement websites of all potential schools you would consider).
2. Look for Brazilian graduates.
3. Contact those students/recent graduates and ask them how your profile compares to theirs when they applied.
If you are polite and respectful, they will help.
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