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    I'm currently in the process of preparing my applications for Econ Ph.D. programs to start in the fall of 2022. However, I don't know if my profile is strong enough to get into a good program (T50 is my target). So here it goes! Please let me know if you believe this will be enough or if I'm most likely doomed to fail.


    Bachelor's degree in economics with minor in public policy. I hold a master's degree in economics.


    BA GPA: 4.26/5
    MA GPA: 4.5/5
    I did generally well in my math courses, but I slipped during my first semester and that worries me. Will that cost me the chance of getting into a Ph.D.?


    Differential calculus (first time): 2/5
    Differential calculus (second time): 4.24/5
    Integral calculus: 4.2/5
    Calculus 3: 4.4/5
    Probability and statistics: 4.3/5
    Math for economists: 4.1/5
    Real analysis: currently taking this class


    My thesis got a 5/5 grade and is now published as a working paper. My second publication is a book chapter (co-authored along with three other people) published by a university. I have done mostly RA work. Two years in an economics consulting firm and 1 year in an economics think tank (currently working here).


    I believe my LORs are pretty strong: my thesis advisor, one of my MA thesis referees, and one of my former bosses. All three hold PhDs in economics from good universities and are known in their fields of work.


    Since I'm from a non-English speaking country I took the Toefl test and got 120/120.
    GRE: in September


    All feedback and comments are more than welcome.


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    Re: Profile Eval: Applying this fall

    I am assuming that you did your masters and bachelors at the same place. If so, where did past PhD applicants from your school end up at? That's the first step in gauging whether a T50 admit is realistic or not.

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    Re: Profile Eval: Applying this fall

    Hi!


    Thanks for your reply. I did both the BA and the MA at the same university. People from my faculty that pursue a Ph.D. tend to aim a bit higher. Most of the admits are in Brown, UBC, UC Davis, NYU, Georgetown, Rutgers, UCL, and U of Maryland. The best of them go to Stanford, MIT, Oxford, LSE, and the like, though they are not representative. I'm actually pursuing programs in a lower tier due to the fact I don't have research experience in an academic environment.

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    If students from your university previously got into those schools, then a Top 50 admit shouldn't be too difficult. You should reach out to your thesis advisor and get their opinion on what range of schools you ought to apply to.

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    Thank you for your reply! Can you please tell me what is your take on the math part? It worries that failing calculus in my first semester will reduce my chances of getting into a Ph.D. program. Thanks again!

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    Nobody is going to care about one bad grade.

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