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Type of Undergrad: Dual degree in econ/math from a US News top-100 public without a PhD program

Undergrad GPA: 3.7 (combined across all three schools that I attended)

Type of Grad: Combined BA/MA at the same school, plus PhD coursework at a US News top-25

Grad GPA: 3.7

GRE: 165Q/164V/5.0AW

Math Courses: Calculus I/II/III, Linear Algebra, Diff Eq., Real analysis I/II, Game theory, Probability and Stat. for engineers, Probability theory, Numerical linear algebra (graduate), Functional analysis (graduate, fall).

Econ Courses (grad-level): MA micro/macro, MA econometrics I/II, economics of education, Independent Study, PhD micro I (fall), PhD micro II (spring)

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro micro/macro, Intermediate micro/macro, econometrics, four electives

Other Courses: An entire certificate program in another unrelated field, an interdisciplinary honors' program, a computer science class, and a research methods class.

Letters of Recommendation: Senior and MA thesis advisor/ MA micro professor (extremely strong letter); MA econometrics professor (should also be very strong); Intermediate micro professor/undergraduate advisor; economics of education professor. I alternated between using the last two writers depending on the school, and all four letter writers have PhDs from programs in the 20-30 range.

Research Experience: This is the strongest part of my profile. I have a solo-authored paper that is under review at a good journal, and I included it as a writing sample. I am also currently coauthoring a paper with my advisor, and have been working on my MA thesis.

Teaching Experience: Just tutoring

Research Interests: Industrial organization, public, possibly urban as well

SOP: Standard

Concerns: My math grades are pretty mixed. While I did get As in both semesters of real analysis and some other classes, some of the rest of my math grades aren't great. My biggest concern may be the overall noisiness of my profile. I'm worried that some of my safeties may think that I will get into a better program due to the strong parts of my application, while the higher-ranked programs may not accept me due to my weaknesses.


Applying to: 19 different schools across a large range of the rankings.

Edited by Catrina



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