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08-14-2018, 03:14 PM
Hey everybody,
I'll start to apply to PhD programs in a few months and I'm looking for your opinion about the schools I intend to apply to - whether I am aiming too high or should diversify more. I will be very grateful for any advice.

GRE: 167 Quant, 157 Verbal, 3.5 AWA

Undergrad: unknown, but very good Eastern European Uni, Mathematics Major Finance Minor

GPA: 3.5 (second in my class)

Lots of advanced Maths courses (i.a. Real Analysis 1, 2, 3, 4), intermediate Economics and Finance courses

Grad: first year Master in Mathematical Economics in Western Europe (top 50-100 World)
second year Research Master at another institution (top 10 World) - starting in the fall

first year GPA: 3.95 (A+ in every class except Econometrics (A) and Micro 3 (B+))

Courses: Micro, Macro, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Public Economics, Risk, Money and Finance, Behavioral Economics, Probability, Statistics.

Working and Teaching Experience:

Internship at a central bank

Undergrad tutor


My interests are still quite vague: macro, finance, labor - undergrad thesis was micro (GPA 4.0).


1. The math professor from my undergrad uni, he did his PhD in Canada, director of studies, knows me very well, it should be very strong.

2. The econ professor from my first year master, he did his PhD in UK, I was very active in his lectures and got the top grade, it should be quite strong.

3. The econ professor from my second year master - TBD.

Target Schools:

I am thinking of applying to:

SSE Stockholm, York, Warwick, UCL, Tilburg, MGSE Munich, VGSE Vienna, UZH Zurich, HEC Lausanne, Bocconi, EUI Florence, PSE Paris, UPF Barcelona, CEMFI Madrid, UAB Barcelona.


- low GRE AWA (because of that I gave up Cambridge)
- low undergrad GPA
- the first two LOR not from very known professors
- the third LOR should be submitted before I take any exams
- undecided about the research proposal

08-26-2018, 09:41 PM

I guess I should apply to U.S. universities to get any response. :)