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11-23-2010, 05:30 PM
Hey so I am a junior, but strongly considering grad school in economics. People have told me I'm starting the search really early, but I just want to have some realistic goals in mind.

Type of Undergrad: Large public university; top 40 econ phd
Majors: Triple majors in finance (top 10 b-school), math, econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.6/4.0
GRE: 790 Q, 700 V
Math Courses: Calc I II and III, Diff Eq (2 semesters), Linear Algebra, Probability Theory, Advanced Probability Theory, Linear Transformations (next semester), Numerical Analysis (next semester), Real Analysis (plan to take senior year)
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro Micro & Macro, Intermediate Micro & Macro, Transition Economics, Economic Development, Econometrics I and II, Game Theory
Econ Courses (grad-level): Optimization Theory, Price Theory
Letters of Recommendation: Definitely will have some strong ones from a prof from UofC and another from Yale.
Research Experience: Editor of international undergrad journal; plan to do research in international monetary economics
RA with development economist this summer
Research Interests: financial, monetary, macroeconomic stabilization policy
Concerns: Not a very high gpa; will have lots of math courses, but too many Bs in them
Other: Want to get into the IMF or World Bank or some policy type job in the future

I have a huge list of schools I would love to attend, but am increasingly certain they are at best a far reach: Johns Hopkins, Virginia, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA, UPenn, (...maybe a in the top 10 i have no shot at), Oxford MPhil, UCL Ms, LSE, Cambridge

Any advice would be greatly beneficial. Also, would any of you know much about schools in public policy?

Thanks A Lot!

11-26-2010, 02:03 AM

11-26-2010, 02:46 AM
Your question is not clear. Are you looking for a profile evaluation? If so, you haven't provided enough information for us to even begin speculating. For instance, what were your grades in math? economics? For public policy PhDs, check the public policy PhD forum. Off the top of my head, Harvard (Kennedy), Princeton (Woodrow Wilson), Berkeley (Goldman), Carnegie Mellon (Heinz), and Johns Hopkins have either good or excellent public policy programmes. But those are, by many accounts, harder to get into than econ programmes because they are so small and specialised.