Why did you apply such a small range of schools?
Type of Undergrad: B.A. Insurance, international (financial college, nationally okay)
Undergrad GPA: overall - 3.05/4.0; last two years - 3.3/4.0
Type of Grad: MSc. Economics, German Univ of Excellence (TIMES Overall 189; ARWU Economics Subject 151-200), one-semester exchange at the Univ of Essex
Grad GPA: equivalent to 'more than satisfactory' or B- or 2.92/4.0 (grade conversion using WES tools)
GRE: V - 151 (51%), Q - 166 (89%), AW - 3.5 (39%)
Undergrad Math Courses: Linear Algebra (67), Advanced Math 1 (73), Advanced Math 2 (76), Probability and Mathematical Statistics (90), Statistics (73)
Undergrad Econ Courses: Microeconomics (86), Macroeconomics (85)
Grad Econ Courses: Advanced Microeconomics 1, Advanced Macroeconomics 1, Advanced Econometrics, Applied Time Series Analysis, Quantitative Methods in Management Research, Topics in Applied Economics, Labor Market Search, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Communication and Information Aggregation, Behavioural Finance
Programming Courses: Matlab for Finance, Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Visualisation (RStudio)
LoR: 2 Econ Profs (one grad program with a PhD from Rochester, another undergrad program) and 1 Econ Dr (grad program with a PhD from German Univ)
Research Experience: a master thesis (50-page body text) on behavioural economics, a few research essays, a revised research proposal
Others: Kaggle Data Project, Data Analysis Intern
Research Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Applied to: Emory Univ, Clemson Univ, Univ at Buffalo, Univ of South Florida, Auburn Univ (pending), Colorado State Univ (pending)
I understand that my profile is quite bad, so Emory is the best I applied to and it was recommended by one of my referees. The GPA of my last semester in the UK is much better (68, 70 is the first-class), this is not because I worked harder but since my home Univ in Germany normally gives a 'C' grade. Of course, I'm not a top student per se but just an average one. I'm thinking of applying to UNH since my pre-application was approved by them and I am quite unsure if I can get a place in the programs listed above. Could you please leave any advice?
Last edited by Andrea93; 02-03-2020 at 12:47 PM.
I see, I am in a similar situation like you - not having a great undergrad GPA in Mathematical related classes - but I am still in my master's programme and trying to improve my case. I can only suggest you to take some purely mathematical classes to improve your chances such as real analysis, diff equation, partial diff eq and maybe topology and more econometrics courses?
It can pay to take more math purely for signalling purposes...assuming you are able to get very good grades.
Which level program you're targeted to apply?
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