You should post your current profile as well.
So I'm about to take a class called "Linear Algebra and Real Analysis" through Harvard Summer School to meet both the multivariable calculus and linear algebra prerequisites for most of the econ masters programs I want to apply to + to show that I've gone a little beyond that with the real analysis portion.
The class is the equivalent of Math 23A in Harvard College and it's the class the Harvard undergrads take after calculus II if they have an advanced (for their level) math background.
I've seen good reviews of the course here (apparently it's very hard and very intensive) and the professor claims that AdComs like seeing the course in people's transcripts.
My worry is that if I take this course I won't have a class called "multivariable calculus" or "calculus 3" in my transcript. Will that be an issue?
Undergrad GPA: 3.55
Math Courses: Stats (A), Calc 1 (A-), Calc 2 (A)
Econ Courses: Intro to Macro (A), Intro to Micro (B+), International Economics (A-)
Research Experience: Only political science research, 6 months at a DC think tank (internship) and 2.5 years in industry.
Why would that be your worry? If you get a good grade in the course, it won't matter as much that you don't have calc 3. However, the greater concern should be whether or not you are equipped to handle a course in real analysis.
Lastly, given that you have virtually no coursework in economics, wouldn't a rigorous masters programme be better suited for your purposes?
I'm fairly confident that I can get a good grade in the course. The workload seems a little crazy but I think I'll manage.
You should be able to get into BGSE and Bocconi with the current level of math that you have. Try to prioritise programmes that allow you the option of taking 1 or 2 PhD courses. It's unlikely that you'll be able to handle the full first-year sequence. However, a good grade in 1 or 2 courses will help your profile tremendously.
Regardless, there is no way for you to verify his claim ex ante.
Course names differ slightly across different schools. That is why some schools request for a list of reference books that the course provides, or ask you to summarise the main material covered in the classes, to help them understand what was exactly covered in the math classes.
So do you think I should take the advanced linear algebra and real analysis class? Or should I just take calc 3 and not bother with the extra effort?
I'd love to get into BGSE and Bocconi, but I also want to raise my chances as high as I can.
"This course is an integrated treatment of linear algebra, real analysis and multivariable differential calculus, with an introduction to manifolds. Students are introduced to higher-level mathematics and proof-writing, with a requirement to learn twenty-six important proofs."
I uploaded the syllabus here just in case (not expecting you to read it, it's just in case you're curious): Smallpdf.com
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