Optimizer

02-16-2011, 05:46 AM

Hi all, I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. I really need some advice and suggestions on which econ PhD programs I should apply this upcoming fall 2011 based on my credentials. Any honest comments/suggestions will be appreciated!

Type of Undergrad: BA Joint Econ & Math from a top 20 US university

Undergrad GPA: 3.90/4.00 Overall, 3.95/4.00 Major GPA

Type of Grad: N/A

Grad GPA: N/A

GRE:710Q/620V/4.0AW ( Realy bad Quant GRE, but retaking it this summer)

Undergrad Math Courses: Calculus I, II, III (A's), Linear Algebra (A) , Differential equations (A), Introductory proof (A), mathematical prob (pass/fail grading), mathematical statistics (Pass/Fail Grading), Mathematical economics (A).

Undergrad Econ Courses: Intro Micro(A), Intro Macro(A), Intermediate Micro(A), Intermediate Macro(A), Stocks Bonds Financial Markets(A), Statistical Methods(A), Social Economics(A), Managerial Economics(A), Econometrics(A), International Trade(A), International Finance(A), independent study on optimization in economics(A).

Grad Econ Courses: Micro Theory (Pass/Fail grading)

Letters of Recommendation: 3 from Econ professors (one very solid letter (star student), 1 from my thesis committee member (i expect should be pretty good), and 1 other one from my micro theory prof)

Research Experience: RA for one year, undergrad thesis (is in the process of being published in a ranked econ journal) - I am hopeful as this is potentially my only niche..

Teaching Experience: Tutoring undergrad econ courses

Research Interests: microeconomics

SOP: Should be pretty good, had my professors looked over it

Concerns: not enough math courses, horrible GRE scores

Other: Got a consulting econ job working under PhD economists (will work for a year).

I'm applying to mostly the 25 and above ranked programs. Is this reasonable? Also, do I have any chance for the top 10 programs? (is it worth trying?)

Thanks a lot for your time!

Type of Undergrad: BA Joint Econ & Math from a top 20 US university

Undergrad GPA: 3.90/4.00 Overall, 3.95/4.00 Major GPA

Type of Grad: N/A

Grad GPA: N/A

GRE:710Q/620V/4.0AW ( Realy bad Quant GRE, but retaking it this summer)

Undergrad Math Courses: Calculus I, II, III (A's), Linear Algebra (A) , Differential equations (A), Introductory proof (A), mathematical prob (pass/fail grading), mathematical statistics (Pass/Fail Grading), Mathematical economics (A).

Undergrad Econ Courses: Intro Micro(A), Intro Macro(A), Intermediate Micro(A), Intermediate Macro(A), Stocks Bonds Financial Markets(A), Statistical Methods(A), Social Economics(A), Managerial Economics(A), Econometrics(A), International Trade(A), International Finance(A), independent study on optimization in economics(A).

Grad Econ Courses: Micro Theory (Pass/Fail grading)

Letters of Recommendation: 3 from Econ professors (one very solid letter (star student), 1 from my thesis committee member (i expect should be pretty good), and 1 other one from my micro theory prof)

Research Experience: RA for one year, undergrad thesis (is in the process of being published in a ranked econ journal) - I am hopeful as this is potentially my only niche..

Teaching Experience: Tutoring undergrad econ courses

Research Interests: microeconomics

SOP: Should be pretty good, had my professors looked over it

Concerns: not enough math courses, horrible GRE scores

Other: Got a consulting econ job working under PhD economists (will work for a year).

I'm applying to mostly the 25 and above ranked programs. Is this reasonable? Also, do I have any chance for the top 10 programs? (is it worth trying?)

Thanks a lot for your time!