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    Are grad math courses worth it?

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    I am a final year undergrad student looking forward to applying for PhD probably in 2022. I was wondering if taking grad math courses (grad Real Analysis - Hilbert space, grad Probability - measure based prob theory) would enhance my chances.
    I have taken most of the relevant math courses (analysis, real analysis, topology, stochastic processes, etc) and I think I would most probably get at least A's from the grad courses as well. If so, should I take them, or would it be a waste of time?

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    (btw, I am looking forward to studying financial economics)
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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    Measure theoretic probability theory is going to be useful for econometrics, but have you also taken any graduate micro and metrics? Those are arguably more useful since you already have the math classes.

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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    Well, actually I am going to attend Econ Masters from next semester, so grad micro and metrics courses would have been taken by the time I apply for Phd. I was just wondering if some advanced math courses would provide any benefit in the application process. (Since my undergrad GPA is not as optimal: around 3.7/4.0 US standard)

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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by WelshCorgi View Post
    Well, actually I am going to attend Econ Masters from next semester, so grad micro and metrics courses would have been taken by the time I apply for Phd. I was just wondering if some advanced math courses would provide any benefit in the application process. (Since my undergrad GPA is not as optimal: around 3.7/4.0 US standard)
    Are you interested in Theory by any chance?

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    Are you interested in Theory by any chance?
    Not my primary research interest, but yes, especially social network theory.

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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    I think grad Probability would be useful in showing the admission committees of your willingness to go beyond what is necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gentvenus View Post
    I think grad Probability would be useful in showing the admission committees of your willingness to go beyond what is necessary.
    Thanks! Maybe I should take them

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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    Looking at your profile evaluation thread, it seems like you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Finance. Is that correct? If so, your best bet is to post in the Business PhD thread (As they can guide you better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayes View Post
    Looking at your profile evaluation thread, it seems like you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Finance. Is that correct? If so, your best bet is to post in the Business PhD thread (As they can guide you better).
    Thank you for your guidance. I will try to get advice from the Business PhD thread.

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    Re: Are grad math courses worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by WelshCorgi View Post
    Thank you for your guidance. I will try to get advice from the Business PhD thread.
    No problem. Also, once you start the your MA in Econ programme, make sure to consult with the faculty there(and show them your profile). I think your A's in Analysis I, II, LA I/II leaves no concerns of your mathematical ability. You might be overthinking things here. The faculty in your MA program will tell you where they sent students in the past--so that information will be your best bet on where to apply.

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