Actually if I shave off intro to political science which may not be necessary, then I can take both combi math and topology... this is good right?
As with any 3rd/4th year math course (past real analysis), doing well in them will only marginally help you in admissions, but doing poorly in them will really hurt you; by poor, I mean anything lower than an A-. That's why there's really little merit in taking those courses, unless all other aspects of your profile are already perfect.
If you provide a current profile, you'll be met with much more meaningful and specific suggestions.
I'd been meaning to post my profile since startz mentioned it earlier too, it just took a while for me to complete it... so I'm a BA graduate and will begin my MA next fall (2020), and will do RA for two years after that, and then apply to PhD programs. I would appreciate any insights you all can provide. Thank you in advance!
Type of Undergrad: BA in Economics & BA in Psychology from best school in state (public university)
Undergrad GPA: 3.3 (graduated in December 2013 and I’ve been studying intensively for the past year as well as maturing as a person since graduating and entering the workforce)
Grad Concentration: likely admit for MA in Economics from Fall 2020 at the same school (I was admitted this year but had to defer because of financial and academic reasons – I thought everything would be significantly better if I had another year to prepare)
Grad GPA: unknown (aiming for 3.8+)
GRE: Q162 / V161 / AWA 5 (I will retake this and aim for perfect scores in five years when I’m applying for PhD programs)
Undergrad Econ Courses: Principles of Micro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Games & Economic Behavior (A-), Financial Markets & Institutions (C), Mathematics for Economics (B), Introduction to Statistics (A-), Chinese Economy (B), Health Economics (A)
Undergrad Math Courses: Calculus II (C+), Elementary Probability Theory (C), Calculus III (B+), Calculus IV (B), Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (B-, the modal grade for the class was a D and I was in the top 15% of the class)
Graduate Econ Courses: planning to take Mathematics for Economics, Micro I, II, & III, Macro I & II, Econometrics I & II, Health Economics & Policy, Advanced Topics in Economics (seminar), and Master’s Thesis course
“Graduate” (Undergraduate) Math Courses: Calculus IV, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Advanced Mathematics, Elementary Probability & Statistics, Real Analysis, Topology, Combinatorial Mathematics
“Graduate” (Undergraduate/Graduate) Political Science Courses: Political Inquiry & Analysis, Scope & Methods of Political Science, Political Theory & Analysis
Programming: learning Stata, R, & Python, and also learning LaTeX
LORs: same three professors who will be on my Master’s Thesis defense committee (microeconomics & graduates of top PhD programs)
Research Experience: planning to be an RA during my second and third years in the MA program per the advice of my Master’s Thesis chair, planning an internship somewhere with the federal government during the first summer of MA program, have plans to collaborate with numerous academic economist contacts to publish papers in various fields and I hope to write a few of my own as well, after the MA program I’m planning to be an RA for two years prior to applying to the PhD programs
You have a string of Cs and Bs for your undergraduate math courses. In my opinion, having no grade is better than a bad grade, during the admissions process. A bad grade is a definitive signal of inability to handle math, while having no real analysis in your transcript still provides some ambiguity, as they'll have to infer of your ability through other less-direct means(which can work to your favour, in this instance).
A few bad grades can be explained away, but a string of bad grades in math courses will cast considerable doubt on your ability to handle first year coursework. First-year coursework in Economics is very different than what you've encountered in undergrad. I honestly feel that first-year coursework is essentially applied math, and not so much Economics.
Unless you get an A for Real Analysis, I wouldn't advise taking anything beyond that.
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