azecon

11-12-2014, 01:42 AM

Type of Undergrad (2005-2010):

CSU Northridge (BA in Economics and History double major)

Undergrad GPA: 3.55

Type of Grad (2011-2014):

CSU Los Angeles (MA in Economics with emphasis on International Development and math classes that equate to at least a Math minor)

Grad GPA: 3.92

GRE:

First try (September 2010): Q: 730 V: 470 AWA: 4.0

Second try (November 2014): Q: 168 V: 159 AWA: n/a (probably a 4.0)

Undergrad Math Courses at CSU Northridge: Business Statistics (C+), College Algebra (C)

Undergrad Math Courses at CSU Los Angeles: Calculus I-IV (A,A,A-,A), Differential Equations (A), Discrete Mathematics (A), Linear Algebra-non proof (A), Linear Algebra-proof (A), Introduction to Statistics (A), Math Notation and Proof (A), Linear Programming (A), Theory of Probability-calculus based (A), Advanced Calculus I (A)

Undergrad Econ Courses at CSU Northridge: Introduction to Microeconomics (B), Introduction to Macroeconomics (A), Price Theory (B), Economic Data and Statistics (B), Money and Banking (A), Industrial Organization (A), Urban Economics (4), Macroeconomic Theory (A), Public Economics (C), Economic Development (B), Managerial Economics (B)

Undergrad Econ Courses at CSU Los Angeles-part of degree requirements: Econometrics I (C+, then retook for A), Mathematical Economics (A), Business Forecasting (A)

Grad Econ Courses at CSU Los Angeles: International Economics (A), Econometric Analysis (A), Applied Microeconomic Analysis (A), Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy (A), Economic Development (A), International Macroeconomics and Currency Crisis (A)

Letters of Recommendation:

1- Assistant Chair in Math Department at CSU Los Angeles--told me personally that I am one of only few of students, in over a 20 year career of teaching, that actually stands out in his memory. Has said that he admires my work ethic and has playfully remarked that I ought to be putting my mathematical prowess to better use by pursuing a PHD in Mathematics rather than Economics. Earned an A in all three classes that I took with him.

2- Chair in Economics Department at CSU Los Angeles--has publicly stated that I am one of the best students in the history of the program and that I would make an excellent doctoral student. Earned an A in all three classes that I took with him.

3- Economics master thesis adviser - I was working with him closely as I was writing my thesis. We would meet about once a week or keep correspondence through email. However, I was never able to complete my thesis because of family related health issues. Earned an A in the two classes that I took with him.

Research Experience: Masters thesis (incomplete at the time of application) I hope to have it completed it by Spring 2015 so that I can get my masters degree, as I have completed all of the required coursework. Six month internship at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation-primarily data mining and report writing.

Teaching Experience: Economics graduate assistant for a quarter-graded and proctored exams as well as coordinated study sessions. Private/freelance tutoring in math and economics to junior high, high school, and college level students.

Research Interests: I am interested in international development, as well as regional/urban applied microeconomics. Poverty and crime research also interests me.

SOP: Hope to make it strong by focusing on my passion and interest in the field. I also would like to speak a little about my persistence in pursuing the degree and my level of maturity-I will be 28 years by the time of matriculation. Lastly, I would like to use it as an opportunity to help explain some of my shortcomings (see below).

Concerns: Coming from relatively low ranked schools, my mediocre undergrad performance by prospective PHD student standards, my incomplete master's thesis.

What range of schools do you think I ought to apply to? What is my reach range? What is my safety range?

Because of family and personal reasons I would like to go somewhere in Southern California. Thus, I'm considering applying to UCSD, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, and USC. However, I may opt to apply to some other schools if I feel that I may be a competitive applicant within the top 10-30.

Thank you very very much!

CSU Northridge (BA in Economics and History double major)

Undergrad GPA: 3.55

Type of Grad (2011-2014):

CSU Los Angeles (MA in Economics with emphasis on International Development and math classes that equate to at least a Math minor)

Grad GPA: 3.92

GRE:

First try (September 2010): Q: 730 V: 470 AWA: 4.0

Second try (November 2014): Q: 168 V: 159 AWA: n/a (probably a 4.0)

Undergrad Math Courses at CSU Northridge: Business Statistics (C+), College Algebra (C)

Undergrad Math Courses at CSU Los Angeles: Calculus I-IV (A,A,A-,A), Differential Equations (A), Discrete Mathematics (A), Linear Algebra-non proof (A), Linear Algebra-proof (A), Introduction to Statistics (A), Math Notation and Proof (A), Linear Programming (A), Theory of Probability-calculus based (A), Advanced Calculus I (A)

Undergrad Econ Courses at CSU Northridge: Introduction to Microeconomics (B), Introduction to Macroeconomics (A), Price Theory (B), Economic Data and Statistics (B), Money and Banking (A), Industrial Organization (A), Urban Economics (4), Macroeconomic Theory (A), Public Economics (C), Economic Development (B), Managerial Economics (B)

Undergrad Econ Courses at CSU Los Angeles-part of degree requirements: Econometrics I (C+, then retook for A), Mathematical Economics (A), Business Forecasting (A)

Grad Econ Courses at CSU Los Angeles: International Economics (A), Econometric Analysis (A), Applied Microeconomic Analysis (A), Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy (A), Economic Development (A), International Macroeconomics and Currency Crisis (A)

Letters of Recommendation:

1- Assistant Chair in Math Department at CSU Los Angeles--told me personally that I am one of only few of students, in over a 20 year career of teaching, that actually stands out in his memory. Has said that he admires my work ethic and has playfully remarked that I ought to be putting my mathematical prowess to better use by pursuing a PHD in Mathematics rather than Economics. Earned an A in all three classes that I took with him.

2- Chair in Economics Department at CSU Los Angeles--has publicly stated that I am one of the best students in the history of the program and that I would make an excellent doctoral student. Earned an A in all three classes that I took with him.

3- Economics master thesis adviser - I was working with him closely as I was writing my thesis. We would meet about once a week or keep correspondence through email. However, I was never able to complete my thesis because of family related health issues. Earned an A in the two classes that I took with him.

Research Experience: Masters thesis (incomplete at the time of application) I hope to have it completed it by Spring 2015 so that I can get my masters degree, as I have completed all of the required coursework. Six month internship at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation-primarily data mining and report writing.

Teaching Experience: Economics graduate assistant for a quarter-graded and proctored exams as well as coordinated study sessions. Private/freelance tutoring in math and economics to junior high, high school, and college level students.

Research Interests: I am interested in international development, as well as regional/urban applied microeconomics. Poverty and crime research also interests me.

SOP: Hope to make it strong by focusing on my passion and interest in the field. I also would like to speak a little about my persistence in pursuing the degree and my level of maturity-I will be 28 years by the time of matriculation. Lastly, I would like to use it as an opportunity to help explain some of my shortcomings (see below).

Concerns: Coming from relatively low ranked schools, my mediocre undergrad performance by prospective PHD student standards, my incomplete master's thesis.

What range of schools do you think I ought to apply to? What is my reach range? What is my safety range?

Because of family and personal reasons I would like to go somewhere in Southern California. Thus, I'm considering applying to UCSD, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, and USC. However, I may opt to apply to some other schools if I feel that I may be a competitive applicant within the top 10-30.

Thank you very very much!