Ilumtics

03-02-2011, 02:31 AM

Hello everyone!

First of all, thank you very much for your help in the earlier post I made. I would like to seek your advice this time regarding Mathematics courses to take in preparation for applying to Graduate program in 2013.

A little bit of my background:

Type of Undergrad: BEcon Top 5 Australian University, graduated Dec/2010

Undergrad GPA: 93%

Type of Grad: Will do Honours in Feb 2012

Grad GPA: N/A

GRE: not yet taken

Math Courses: I haven't taken any course from the Math department. I have only Mathematical Economics Intro, Mathematical Econ Intermediate, Game Theory, Statistical Theory for Econ

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): So many. All of the courses I took in undergrad were Econ, with Econometrics theory, 1 year long Applied Econometrics, Advanced Micro, Advanced Macro (the same level with Master Econ)

Econ Courses (grad-level in 2012): Micro A, Macro A (Honours level - PhD students attend the same courses), Advanced Applied Econometrics, Micro B or Macro B, and 1 elective level 600, 700 course

Letters of Recommendation: one from an econometrics professor for sure (she's not well known but she taught me 2 courses in theory and I scored well), the rest I will work on during Honours

Research Experience: 1 summer research Macro on a scholarship, Honours thesis in the future

Teaching Experience: TA many undergrad econ courses

Research Interests: not very sure ..., currently Econometrics, Micro theory, IO

So, I'm taking a year off this year to earn enough money for Honours in 2012 (as explained in previous thread). My goal will be Top 20 PhD programs (US or Canada).

My biggest concern is the lack of formal Math courses. I can't turn back the time to do all the algebra and calculus, but the Advanced Micro and other Mathematical Econ courses pretty much covered a lot of calculus and algebra already. However, I fear that those won't be acceptable in adcoms eyes.

I have the following options:

1. In Honours year, since I have 1 elective to take (yeah the rest is compulsory), I plan to take one from the math department and I will also take an extra one in the second semester (non degree). I can't do more than 2 in a year since Honours is too intensive and we have to write the thesis in 6 months.

The following courses are available to take in 2012

Functional Analysis

Partial Differential Equations

Optimisation Theory

Calculus & Linear Algebra II

Applied Mathematical Analysis

Linear & Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

Discrete Mathematics II: Theory & Applications

Mathematical Analysis (prerequisite for Functional Analysis)

Measure Theory

Mathematical Statistics

If I'm gonna do that, what 2 courses would you guys recommend?

2. Or should I do a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics followed Honours, which allows me to take 4 courses in 1 semester and apply for the next cycle.

3. Or should I apply for a Master in Canada (UBC, Toronto). Will that fill up the gap in math? Or should I also take electives in math while doing Master there?

Thank you in advance for all your help! You guys have been so awesome and generous with advice. I really appreciate that!

First of all, thank you very much for your help in the earlier post I made. I would like to seek your advice this time regarding Mathematics courses to take in preparation for applying to Graduate program in 2013.

A little bit of my background:

Type of Undergrad: BEcon Top 5 Australian University, graduated Dec/2010

Undergrad GPA: 93%

Type of Grad: Will do Honours in Feb 2012

Grad GPA: N/A

GRE: not yet taken

Math Courses: I haven't taken any course from the Math department. I have only Mathematical Economics Intro, Mathematical Econ Intermediate, Game Theory, Statistical Theory for Econ

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): So many. All of the courses I took in undergrad were Econ, with Econometrics theory, 1 year long Applied Econometrics, Advanced Micro, Advanced Macro (the same level with Master Econ)

Econ Courses (grad-level in 2012): Micro A, Macro A (Honours level - PhD students attend the same courses), Advanced Applied Econometrics, Micro B or Macro B, and 1 elective level 600, 700 course

Letters of Recommendation: one from an econometrics professor for sure (she's not well known but she taught me 2 courses in theory and I scored well), the rest I will work on during Honours

Research Experience: 1 summer research Macro on a scholarship, Honours thesis in the future

Teaching Experience: TA many undergrad econ courses

Research Interests: not very sure ..., currently Econometrics, Micro theory, IO

So, I'm taking a year off this year to earn enough money for Honours in 2012 (as explained in previous thread). My goal will be Top 20 PhD programs (US or Canada).

My biggest concern is the lack of formal Math courses. I can't turn back the time to do all the algebra and calculus, but the Advanced Micro and other Mathematical Econ courses pretty much covered a lot of calculus and algebra already. However, I fear that those won't be acceptable in adcoms eyes.

I have the following options:

1. In Honours year, since I have 1 elective to take (yeah the rest is compulsory), I plan to take one from the math department and I will also take an extra one in the second semester (non degree). I can't do more than 2 in a year since Honours is too intensive and we have to write the thesis in 6 months.

The following courses are available to take in 2012

Functional Analysis

Partial Differential Equations

Optimisation Theory

Calculus & Linear Algebra II

Applied Mathematical Analysis

Linear & Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

Discrete Mathematics II: Theory & Applications

Mathematical Analysis (prerequisite for Functional Analysis)

Measure Theory

Mathematical Statistics

If I'm gonna do that, what 2 courses would you guys recommend?

2. Or should I do a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics followed Honours, which allows me to take 4 courses in 1 semester and apply for the next cycle.

3. Or should I apply for a Master in Canada (UBC, Toronto). Will that fill up the gap in math? Or should I also take electives in math while doing Master there?

Thank you in advance for all your help! You guys have been so awesome and generous with advice. I really appreciate that!