Castial

01-31-2015, 06:01 AM

Need some advice, I'll try to be as clear as possible.

I expect to graduate next year from a Top 3 Canadian school and I'm wondering If I should apply for a PhD in my final year or not.

Here are the Facts :

Math Courses taken till date : Calculus 2/3/4, Real Analysis 1/2, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, ODE's, Numerical Analysis

Math Courses Expected to take next year : Graduate Probability, PDE's, Real Analysis 3/4, Complex Analysis

Econ Courses taken till date : Micro 1/2, Macro 1/2, Econ Stats 1/2, Econometrics 1

I've done well in all the courses I've taken till date, Solid A's in all of them.

However I'm not particularly close to any Professor and I dont think that I would be able to get a great reference.

Here are my options :

Option 1 :

Apply directly for the PhD with possibly "decent" but not great recommendation letters.

Option 2 :

Stay on at my current school for a masters in math and take some graduate economics courses as well. Also, get to know my Econ Professors better. I have no doubt that I would be able to get better recommendation letters if given time.

Other Relevant Facts :

The masters is fully funded so I dont lose anything financially. Also I could possibly see a masters helping me in the long run in fields like econometrics.

Suggestions?

I expect to graduate next year from a Top 3 Canadian school and I'm wondering If I should apply for a PhD in my final year or not.

Here are the Facts :

Math Courses taken till date : Calculus 2/3/4, Real Analysis 1/2, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, ODE's, Numerical Analysis

Math Courses Expected to take next year : Graduate Probability, PDE's, Real Analysis 3/4, Complex Analysis

Econ Courses taken till date : Micro 1/2, Macro 1/2, Econ Stats 1/2, Econometrics 1

I've done well in all the courses I've taken till date, Solid A's in all of them.

However I'm not particularly close to any Professor and I dont think that I would be able to get a great reference.

Here are my options :

Option 1 :

Apply directly for the PhD with possibly "decent" but not great recommendation letters.

Option 2 :

Stay on at my current school for a masters in math and take some graduate economics courses as well. Also, get to know my Econ Professors better. I have no doubt that I would be able to get better recommendation letters if given time.

Other Relevant Facts :

The masters is fully funded so I dont lose anything financially. Also I could possibly see a masters helping me in the long run in fields like econometrics.

Suggestions?