Its possible. It depends on what institution your undergrad is. "Top 7" is ambiguous.
Type of Undergrad: BA in Economics, Top 7 universities in South Korea
Undergrad GPA: 3.9/4.5 (for home university), 3.92/4.0 (for one year study abroad in UT Austin)
Type of Grad: None
Grad GPA: None
Math Courses: Calculus I,II (A took in UT), Linear Algebra (A- took in UT), Economic Stat(B+ took in home uni), many Econometrics related classes (A/A+ took in home uni), Econ Stat, Math Econ, Computational Economics(deals with Diff Eq)
Econ Courses (grad-level):
Econ Courses (undergrad-level):Micro Econ I&II, Macro Econ I&II, Financial Econ I&II, Development Econ, Urban Econ, Management Econ, International Finance, Law and Econ, Crime and Econ, Empirical Macro, Empirical Micro, Time Series Analysis with Big Data, Quantitative Econ, Computational Econ, Big Data Analysis
(Upper division classes mostly A+/A, Final Year GPA 4.3/4.5)
Letters of Recommendation: One from Home University professor who knows me very well(Chicago PhD and Active professor), One Tenured professor from UT Austin(Berkeley PhD and very active), One lecturer from UT Austin whom I worked as RA for a semester(UT PhD), One professor from Bio-lab whom I worked as RA for 4 years
Research Experience: RA in Bio-lab(which is quite unrelated to Economics, but worked for 4 years doing various stuff), RA in UT Austin for one semester
Teaching Experience: Teaching Math, English, Economics in Korea(5 years of experience, but not college level)
Research Interests: Development Economics, Econometrics, Applied Econ
SOP: Specific motivation and contents but not very strong i guess
Concerns: As an international student, not having MA and applying directly to Econ PhD abroad is quite unfamiliar route in my home country. I have taken many major courses, but I think my math courses are not enough(I didn't took real analysis). Plus, my last 40 credits economics grades are all A,A+ except just for one, but I don't have really good grades during my sophomore year. Especially for Micro. Also, I worked as RA in Bio-lab, which is not much related to Economics. Do you think it will negatively influence my admission results?
Other: I have applied to MAs for Urban Planning for specifications in 'economic development'
Economics PhD - Boston University, UT Austin, Michigan State University, University of Virginia, Rice University
Economics MA - University of Toronto
Urban Planning MA - UIUC, UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, Rutgers, Cornell
Can anyone leave me any comment please? Would there be any chances for me to get admitted?
I guess Top 7 from South Korea won't give you any advantage at all unless there have been many students from your home uni who study in US. I'm Korean and actually even I am not sure what top 7s are.. But I think you have a good profile and great experience in one of the decent schools in US, which may be helpful. The lab RA expeirence would also be good if you explained like how that experience affected you to further study economics or improved your research capabilities. Anyway good luck!
Since your interests lie in development, you might want to check out the pre-doc fellowship (just a fancy way of saying RA) linked below. The placement for their RAs are fantastic, although one could argue an input quality influence in the placement data since it's a highly competitive position.
The Equality of Opportunity Project
The fellowship is 2 years and they do sponsor your visa
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