No worries. That one grade won't keep you out of top 30.
Hi,
I'm from an Australian top uni with first class honors in economics, my goal is top30 but now I think my math grades should be a disadvantage. I only got a pass grade for measure theory and I really regret doing it. It was grad level and hard. I was the only student not doing a math degree. (There is no grade inflation in Australia) I also did some math courses at UW Madison.
My field is development, which does not need much math knowledge. Do I still have a chance for top30? I think I'll apply to some ag econ programs such as Berkeley and Maryland. BTW, are there any other Australian applicants?
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Australian top uni, first class honors in economics
GPA: A average
Math Courses: Calculus and Linear Algebra courses (A), Intro proofs (A), econ math (A), mathematical statistics (B), Stochastic Process (A), Topology (A), Real analysis (AB at UW Madison, which should be equivalent to A- or B+), measure theory (Pass!!!)
Econ Courses: Advanced micro, advanced macro and four econometric courses, most of them are As.
Letters of Recommendation: econ professors
Research Experience: honors thesis with very high marks, ra for my advisor
Teaching Experience: 1 year TA for undergrad econ courses
Research Interests: development
When you say you're from an Australian top uni, you must be from one of UNSW, ANU or UniMelb. Top 30 schools would already have the expectation that the graduate measure theory in one of these schools is very tough. A pass grade for that course is for sure not a positive signal, but may not be as bad as you think.
The minimum mathematics is up to real analysis. Measure theory is more "advanced" than real analysis so it does not carry too much weight to begin with. Your research experience however, will carry more weights than a single measure theory course. Your advisor is from one of the three schools ,you have a great Honours thesis at one of these schools and you're RAed for your advisor. I think you're fine.
Sorry, from your previous description I thought you were from the "top of the top schools" which were inarguably those three. And I was even thinking how could you get your Honours grade so early with February entry into the program.
Of course, USYD and Monash are two best schools after those three. In my opinion, if you are heading towards Top 5 then you really should do your Honours in those top three schools (and get good grades for sure). But your target is Top 30, so an Honours from USYD should be good enough.
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