j2018

01-22-2017, 10:57 PM

Hi everyone,

I am a junior in college, thinking of applying to grad school sometime in the future.

I am currently trying to decide my courses for the semester, and I am really torn between two courses: one is just straight-up Probability Theory and the other is an advanced research-based econ course. (and I really don't have the option of taking both due to some circumstances...)

Part of me really wants to take the research-based econ course because it relates to my current research interest, and I think I would make a great independent project out of it (and of course, improve my Stata skills). But, I've started to consider going to grad school pretty late in my college career, so I am really insecure about my lack of math (so far, I've only taken Multi-Variable Calc, Linear Alg, Diff Eq, Intro to Analysis, and Econ Stats). I've been planning to take Real Analysis and Statistical Linear Modeling in senior year, and I think that taking Probability Theory this semester would help me squeeze in one more upper-div math course in my senior year (because I will ultimately take Probability later, if not this semester).

So, I guess my question comes down to this: which would strengthen my application more? More upper-div level math course or a solid independent research work? Does undergrad independent research work even matter a lot??

Thanks in advance.

I am a junior in college, thinking of applying to grad school sometime in the future.

I am currently trying to decide my courses for the semester, and I am really torn between two courses: one is just straight-up Probability Theory and the other is an advanced research-based econ course. (and I really don't have the option of taking both due to some circumstances...)

Part of me really wants to take the research-based econ course because it relates to my current research interest, and I think I would make a great independent project out of it (and of course, improve my Stata skills). But, I've started to consider going to grad school pretty late in my college career, so I am really insecure about my lack of math (so far, I've only taken Multi-Variable Calc, Linear Alg, Diff Eq, Intro to Analysis, and Econ Stats). I've been planning to take Real Analysis and Statistical Linear Modeling in senior year, and I think that taking Probability Theory this semester would help me squeeze in one more upper-div math course in my senior year (because I will ultimately take Probability later, if not this semester).

So, I guess my question comes down to this: which would strengthen my application more? More upper-div level math course or a solid independent research work? Does undergrad independent research work even matter a lot??

Thanks in advance.