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    Evaluation: PhD Economics, next steps before applying in fall 2019

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    Took a GRE practice test without studying to see what I was working with, I aim to study a bunch and bring that quant score to at least 165:


    Verbal: 156
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    Question:
    How do I approach reaching out to prospective thesis advisors? Is it too forward to ask whether or not they will be accepting Ph.D. students in the year for which I would potentially attend?
    I know the top names in the field (Monetary economics), but is it unrealistic to reach out to them with such a question? Should I aim to reach out to somebody who is less known but still prominent? It seems like a tall order to reach out to a Frederic Mishkin or John Taylor asking if they will be looking for research assistant lol.
    That being the case, how do I find a happy medium. Those individuals who are well connected to the career I want yet are not so famous as to ignore the email?


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    Re: Evaluation: PhD Economics, next steps before applying in fall 2019

    DO NOT REACH OUT TO PROSPECTIVE THESIS ADVISORS.

    Economics programs do not accept students to work with individual faculty.

    You should be focusing on

    (1) Getting a higher GRE: at least 167 for places like Stanford or Columbia.
    (2) Talking to the people who will be writing you letters. Where have people from Rutgers-Newark gone before?
    (3) Considering a two year RA position after graduation rather than going directly to graduate school.
    (4) Maybe some more math, depending somewhat what was in the courses you've already had.

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    Re: Evaluation: PhD Economics, next steps before applying in fall 2019

    Mod edit: Can you PM the OP the comments that are heavy on the location of the school?

    Ok tm_member, I decided to delete the whole post and to PM the OP.
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