Jlesnick

03-09-2012, 03:01 AM

Hey guys, I'm a 24 year old guy, and I graduated last year from school in Chicago with a 3.2 cum, and 3.53 in my upper level classes, of which I took many. I got a double major in International Relations and Economics and had wanted to originally pursue a PHD in International Relations. However near the end of my studies I realized that, that was the wrong path and that Econ was the better choice. THe problem is that I have a virtually nonexistent background in mathematics. So I have committed to do what is necessary to get into a top 10 or 20 program.

TL;DR Graduated with (3.2cum/3.53upper level) in Int'l Relations and Econ, with very little math background. Would like to pursue PHD in Econ.

I've spend a lot of time researching econ programs lately, thanks in great part to a lot of the links you guys sent me, and I've come up a schedule classes for the next few semesters. Let me know what you think? This amalgam of classes is technically commensurate with a Masters in Math & Economics, however I'm not sure that I would necessarily take them as a graduate student, unless of course that is better.

Spring 2012: Intro to Econometrics (513), Intro to Game Theory (474), International Finance (Macro) 455, Stats (210), A survey in calculus and analytical geometry (211)

Summer 2012: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (232), Seminar introduction of the mathematical language (proofs, theorems etc.) (341)

Fall 2012: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (233), Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (234), Economic Theory: Microeconomics (701), Mathematical Economics I (506), Advanced Calculus I (521)

Spring 2013: Advanced Calculus II (522), Introduction to probability models (571), Mathematical Economics II (606), Economic Theory: Macroeconomics (702), Foundation of Econometric Methods (734)

Summer 2013: Advanced Microeconomic theory I (801), Advanced Macroeconomic theory I (802)

Fall 2013:

Introduction to Analysis I (621), Theory of Functions of a Real Variable I (711), Introductory Topology I (751), Theory of Probability (771), Econometric Methods I (735)

Spring 2014:

Theory of Functions of a Real Variable II (712), Topology II (752), Introduction to Analysis II (622), Econometric Methods II, Advanced Microeconomic Theory II (821)

Fall 2014: top 10 program

Am I going overboard here? Would you recommend that I get rid of certain things? Keep in mind that I went to a decent private school for undergrad, however my econ dept was filled to the brim with marxist professors. Needless to say I will not be looking to them for LOR's. There are two prof's of mine in the Int'l relations dept that I built a strong relationship with over the years, however some people have told me that it is futile having a professor that's not an economist, write me a LOR. I've begun to take the aforementioned sequence of classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and unfortunately well-known, rockstar, economist researchers are not exactly prevalent. Any advice would be most appreciated.

TL;DR Graduated with (3.2cum/3.53upper level) in Int'l Relations and Econ, with very little math background. Would like to pursue PHD in Econ.

I've spend a lot of time researching econ programs lately, thanks in great part to a lot of the links you guys sent me, and I've come up a schedule classes for the next few semesters. Let me know what you think? This amalgam of classes is technically commensurate with a Masters in Math & Economics, however I'm not sure that I would necessarily take them as a graduate student, unless of course that is better.

Spring 2012: Intro to Econometrics (513), Intro to Game Theory (474), International Finance (Macro) 455, Stats (210), A survey in calculus and analytical geometry (211)

Summer 2012: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (232), Seminar introduction of the mathematical language (proofs, theorems etc.) (341)

Fall 2012: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (233), Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (234), Economic Theory: Microeconomics (701), Mathematical Economics I (506), Advanced Calculus I (521)

Spring 2013: Advanced Calculus II (522), Introduction to probability models (571), Mathematical Economics II (606), Economic Theory: Macroeconomics (702), Foundation of Econometric Methods (734)

Summer 2013: Advanced Microeconomic theory I (801), Advanced Macroeconomic theory I (802)

Fall 2013:

Introduction to Analysis I (621), Theory of Functions of a Real Variable I (711), Introductory Topology I (751), Theory of Probability (771), Econometric Methods I (735)

Spring 2014:

Theory of Functions of a Real Variable II (712), Topology II (752), Introduction to Analysis II (622), Econometric Methods II, Advanced Microeconomic Theory II (821)

Fall 2014: top 10 program

Am I going overboard here? Would you recommend that I get rid of certain things? Keep in mind that I went to a decent private school for undergrad, however my econ dept was filled to the brim with marxist professors. Needless to say I will not be looking to them for LOR's. There are two prof's of mine in the Int'l relations dept that I built a strong relationship with over the years, however some people have told me that it is futile having a professor that's not an economist, write me a LOR. I've begun to take the aforementioned sequence of classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and unfortunately well-known, rockstar, economist researchers are not exactly prevalent. Any advice would be most appreciated.