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  1. Phd Financial Economics/ Economics Evaluation ( Planning to Apply Fall 2021): GRE: Yet to Take ( Planning to take in June) TOEFL: Yet to take ( Planning to take in June) Undergrad: NIT Durgapur'2017 , India( Chemical Engineering)- 8.20/10 Grad: IIM Indore'2019 , India(Top 5 in Management as per NIRF ranking published by Ministry of Human resources India)-MBA ( 3.38/4.33, Top 35 out of 540, Don't have a proof yet but I am trying to get one from Admissions Office) Courses & Grades: 1.Mathematics I :Functions of Single Variable,Functions of several variables,Integral Calculus, Multiple Integral, Vector Calculus, A (9/10) 2.Mathematics II:Liner Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations,Fourier series,Laplace and Fourier Transforms,Probability A (9/10) 3.Mathematics III:Partial Differential Equations (PDE),Numerical Method,Complex Analysis,Optimization: Mathematical Preliminaries: Hyperplanes and Linear Varieties; Convex Sets, Polytopes and Polyhedra,Linear Programming Problem (LPP)A (9/10) 4.Advanced Numerical Analysis: Eigen Values A(9/10) 5.Probability & Statistics:Random Variables and Associated probability distribution,Sampling Distributions and Statistical Inference, Hypothesis testing,Simple Linear Regression Analysis A (3.783/4.33) 6.INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE DECISION MAKING:LINEAR PROGRAMMING,DECISION TREES,EXTENSIONS OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING: IPP AND MILP,APPLICATIONS OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING, B (3.367/4.33) 7.Microeconomics Introductory Microeconomics Course A (3.867/4.33) 8.Macroeconomics Introductory Macroeconomics Course A (3.917/4.33) 9.Economics of Strategic Interactions Market Structures and Organization,Review of Competition and Monopoly,Homogeneous Goods,Heterogenous Goods,Concentration, Mergers and Entry Barriers, R&D,Advertising, Quality, Durability and Warranties; readings from Industrial Organisations A ( 4.1/4.33) 10.Macroeconomics of Developing economies:Growth Models ( Solow etc)A ( 4.1/4.33) 11.Financial Markets & Central Banking:Stabilisation Policies in Closed and Open economy IS-LM Models,Monetary policy transmission mechanism, Credit Channel Expected Inflation and Monetary Dynamics, Optimum Policy Target,I nflation targeting B+(3.433/4.33) 12.International Finance:Balance of Payment, Exchange Rate, Drivers of Exchange Rate and,Foreign Exchange Market,International Parity Conditions: Interest Rate Parity,Foreign Exchange Risk Management,Hedging B (3.1/4.33) 13.Corporate Finance- Corporate Finance I (A) Corporate Finance II (B) 14.Investment Analysis & Portfolio Investments (B)- Portfolio Management 15.Equity Financing (B)- IPO/FPO/PE/VC 16.Practicing Corporate Valuation B- DCF/ Relative / M&A 17.Corporate & Retail Banking B- RWA calculation, CaR Ratio, Asset Liability Management, Basel Norms Research Experience: 1. IIM Indore: Microeconomics - Course of Independent Study Project- Given Presentation to Economics Department ( Awarded a credit ). Was working on the paper but it is still incomplete not sure if it is going to be completed before I apply. 2. IIM Indore: Live Project ( Cost Analysis) with Idea Cellular (before the merger of Idea & Vodafone) -Worked in a group although- Term Paper submitted 3. NIT Durgapur: Not relevant to econ research. Have a paper published (co-authored) in chemical Engineering in Springer ( impact factor 1.47) and a chapter (co-authored) in a book. 4.NIT Durgapur: Final year Thesis (Chemical Engg) (In a group) Work experience: Deutsche Bank ( almost 2yrs) - Corporate Banking Analyst Also, I am CFA L1 candidate- Hoping to pass! LORs: 1. Microeconomics Professor -IIM Indore under whose supervision I completed the Microeconomics project 2. Macroeconomics Professor- IIM Indore- Who took courses 3. Statistics Professor - IIM Indore - Who supervised the Live project Concerns: I know my profile is lacking in the following: RA ships, Not enough math/econ courses. I am planning to take up online econ/math courses ( real analysis, measure theory) and R/ Stata courses as well. Which kind of certifications will be considered by admissions committee ( any course certification from US univs?) Can someone specify some certification courses covering the above topics which can compensate for the lacking in maths/econ courses? I do know I like research , but till now most people have suggested me to go for a Masters rather than a Phd. is there any hope for me to get into a PhD econ program with this profile? Kindly suggest some schools I can apply to for both Phd & Masters in econ/ Financial economics where I might have a chance! Any suggestions are welcome! Would really like to gain some insights. Thank You!
  2. Would applying to more than one program (say Economics and Applied Economics) at one school hurt my application?
  3. Hi guys, I know it is a bit too late for a profile evaluation at this stage. I have selected a few programs, but still not confident whether this is a reasonable school list for me. it would be really nice if any of you could share your opinions! Profile: Type of Undergraduate: top 10 in China (top 5 in Econ) Major: Agricultural Economics GPA: 3.85/4.0; rank: 1/38 Exchange student at a US school for one semester (top 40 in Econ) Exchange GPA: 4.0 Type of Graduate: N/A Math Courses: Taken in US: Introduction to Optimization (A) [upper level] Taken in China: Mathematical Analysis A II (A); Linear Algebra C (A); Probability and Statistics C (A); Calculus C II (A); Calculus C I (B+); Statistics (A-) [A,B,C in course title stands for type of math courses: A stands for high level; B is basically for engineer students; C for social science and business] Econ Courses: Taken in US: Applied Econometrics (A+); Game Theory(A+); Labor Economics(A+) Taken in China: Intermediate Micro(B+); Intermediate Macro(A); Primary Micro(A); Primary Macro (A); several field courses (A or A-) [my home university does not offer A+] GRE: 157(V)+170 (Q)+3.5(AW) TOEFL: 107 (Speaking 22) Research Experience: (1) Three months full-time RA to a prof in a Canadian university (co-author); Not the top 2 in Canada, but my prof has a phd in top 10 in US; will publish the paper next year; (2) RA to a prof in China for seven months (co-author); will publish the paper next year; (3) RA to a prof for three months in US when I was an exchange students; (4) Team leader for an undergraduate research project; For (1) and (2), I did pretty good (Ithink). I did all the empirical work and provided some useful thoughts; for(3), it was only some basic dada cleaning and analysis work. Reference letter: From the three profs I mentionedabove. They all said will write a strong letter. (hopefully...) Research Interest: Applied Micro;Labor School List: PhD: BU, BC, OSU, UBC. UNC-CH, Virginia; Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, TAMU; Rice, UCI, Notre Dame Master: Duke, Uchicago MAPSS, UBC, Toronto Concern: I feel like my math courses areweak, especially compared to other Chinese. Do you think I aim too high? Thanks!
  4. Hi, First of all, thanks for reading. A little bit about me: I'm applying to PhD econ programs this year. I don't have the exact list of where I would be applying yet but my grad GPA is 3.4 (applied math/social science dual degree at a Top 10 school) and my undergrad GPA is 3.1 (math major) so I'm looking at the top 30 - top 50 school like Irvine or Rice (or if you suggest otherwise, please let me know.) My interest is in political economics and development. No econ research experience, but one math paper (not published but) presented at a conference. 4+ years of work experience related to development. My main concern (beside no econ research experience) is that my math grades are all over the place. I have A+ in math for finance in grad school, some As, mostly Bs for other proof-based courses, but also a failing grade for a math phd real analysis course (it's not a required course but I took it because I was stupid: I wanted to be in the same class with my friend who I kind of dated and then we broke up ....that semester was a mess). Questions: at what level would this affect my chance of admission? Should I address it in the SOP/application or should I just leave it? And how to do it tastefully? I mean I am really not that good at math, not at my peers' level anyway. But I like to think I'm good at using it to interpret human behaviors and how society works. Thanks y'all
  5. No response. Afraid of leaking personal information, so d ecide not post.
  6. I'm an incoming third-year undergraduate planning to apply to start my PhD in fall of 2020. I'll be applying in 2019. Since I've only finished two years, I don't have grades information for all the classes I plan to take, but I just want to know if I'm generally on the right track so far. Profile: Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasian Undergraduate Major: Applied Math and Economics- top Ivy League university Undergraduate GPA (overall): 3.9 Undergraduate GPA (math): 3.92 Undergraduate GPA (econ, all mathematical/quantitative courses): 3.75 Math/Statistics Courses: Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra I (A-), Applied Math Modeling (A), Intro to Set Theory, Group Theory, and Real Analysis (A), Advanced Econometrics (forthcoming), Probability Theory (forthcoming), Real Analysis (forthcoming), Linear Algebra II or Differential Equations (forthcoming-see below) Economics Courses: Advanced Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (mathematical) (A-), Advanced Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (mathematical) (A-), Political Economics (empirical research seminar) (A), Capital Markets (mathematical finance theory) (A-), Monetary Policy (forthcoming), Economics Seminar (forthcoming) Research Experience: I've worked as an RA for a well-known professor at my university for the past year and plan to continue researching for them throughout my remaining two years of undergrad. I have done one summer of economic research work as an intern for a well-known top financial institution, I'm planning to work as an RA on campus for an entire additional summer (forthcoming), and I'm planning to write a senior thesis (forthcoming). Programming: Basic/intermediate econometrics work in R, pretty proficient in MATLAB, I will learn advanced econometrics in Stata (forthcoming) and a solid introduction to about six other languages in forthcoming computer science classes. Questions/Concerns: 1. Am I on the right track so far? Is there anything I'm missing? 2. What are my chances of being admitted to a top 5, or top 10, program? 3. Will my research experience be enough, or should I take two years after undergrad before applying? 4. I will likely only be able to take one of Linear Algebra II/Data Analysis or Differential Equations (ODE and PDE) next year. My intro to linear class was very badly taught and I got an A- in it; I'm confident I can learn linear better with another course. However, I have no experience with differential equations at all. Which of these classes should I take if I can only take one? 5. Do I need a lot more math or statistics than what I already have taken and have planned?
  7. Hi all, I am currently attending Top 10 Econ undergraduate in the U.S. Eventually, my school allows students to take graduate level math courses if students show sufficient mastery of undergraduate mathematics and have certain grade point average. I was originally planning on taking graduate-level math courses such as Measure Theory, Functional Analysis and etc. Then, I noticed that our undergrad math department offers independent study course where students get to choose the topic and take the 1:1 course with a faculty member of their choice. here are my questions: would it be better off learning the grad-level math topics through independent study? (I believe that this can help me adjust the pace of my study and lower the risk of getting a bad grade) or would it be better off taking the actual graduate courses? Would A-s in math courses send a negative signal when I apply to Econ Ph.D?
  8. Hello guys! Please kindly have some quick comments on my profile. Thanks! Undergrad: BS in Applied Math in a Top 10 Chinese university. GPA 3.5, but some bad grades for Calculus (around 70) Masters: MS in Financial Math in a Top 10 (or Top 15?) U.S. university. GPA 3.9. GRE: 166 Q/ 162 V/ 3.5 A Math courses: my major was math... Econ courses: only audited Macroeconomics and Econometrics during Masters. (no letter grade) Recommendation: 1. Econ professor (I have been his RA for almost a year, and publish two working paper on his institute website) 2. applied math professor whose research field is commodity market (I did two research projects with her, not published) 3. applied math professor whose research field is machine learning (we did a deep learning project together) Research: 1. Two working papers (one macro/currency, one commodity market) with the Econ professor mentioned above. 2. One research project paper (commodity market) with the second professor mentioned above. 3. A stock prediction project using deep learning with the third professor mentioned above. Teaching: TA in two derivatives and investment related courses in the business school of our university. Concerns: 1. I have no formal experience in Econ. 2. My undergrad GPA is not top level. Applying: I have not picked my schools yet. Any advice? I really wanna go to a top tier or somewhat "good" university. How big is the possibility here... Thank you very much!
  9. Hii, I am looking forward for some valuable suggestions for universities abroad (especially in Europe and US) for PhD in Economics, fall 2018. I have completed my graduation (3 years bachelor in economics from University of Delhi) and postgraduation (2 years masters from University of Hyderabad) in Economics from India. I am interested in the field of Cultural Economics, Labour Economics and New institutional Economics and am looking at schools abroad with good acceptance rate for Indian students. Below are some details pertaining to my academic record : General GRE - 323/340 (Verbal -160 , Quantitative -163, AWA - 3.5/6) TOEFL - 116/120 GPA (9.25/10 in postgraduation) with a level 1 course in Spanish. I am currently awaiting an offer letter from a bank for the post of business analyst, however I am planning to leave the job by March next year if my applications for fall 2018 are accepted (the results of which I expect will reach me by March next year if I start applications by November this year). It would be very helpful if someone could assess the above credentials and interests and provide names of some universities that I could focus early during my applications. Thank you.
  10. I have a fairly atypical profile. I am 39 and have had a fairly successful Wall Street career working for a few top banks and hedge funds as a proprietary trader and a portfolio manager with a focus on macro strategy. I've thought for a while that I'd like to get back into academia as a second career and finally pulled a trigger this year in applying to most of the top 20 programs in both, Economics and Finance. I haven't given it a ton of thought in the past but now I realize that my age could be a factor in the admissions process. I think that aside from that I have a pretty competitive profile: Ivy League Econ + CompSci minor with 3.5 overall and 3.7 Econ GPA; 163V/167Q/4.5AW GRE; top 15 MBA in Finance; top 3 MS in Math ( all A's after a bad first semester ); I have two solid LORs from a well known Finance prof who is a dept chair in a top 15 school and from my former advisor who is an econ prof with a strong reputation/recognition in his field, the third letter is from a former colleague who is Columbia PhD and worked as an economist at a top ibank and now a CIO at a small hedge fund. So, I think that aside from my age and making academia my second career, I probably have a decent shot at a top 10 program. However, the age factor gives my profile an extra "risk" parameter which not all schools will be willing to accept. I've addressed in my SoP how my experience could be beneficial to the schools I am applying to, as I have spent a number of years pondering some of the relevant questions in macroeconomics, monetary econ, and finance and that I know how to frame those questions and have developed plenty of ideas that i'd like to work on as a practitioner, which makes me more informed than a typical straight out of undergrad candidate. The issue that I am struggling with as to whether there are any other ways to mitigate the "Risk factor" since most programs dont interview candidates and I won't have that forum to address my profile's shortcomings. Would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has either been in my shoes before, has worked or studied with people who have gone to a PhD program later in life, or has been involved with adcoms that have looked at candidates similar to myself. or for that matter, anyone who can share an intelligent opinion or advice - would be highly appreciated! Thanks in advance to all !
  11. PROFILE: Important information about my application: - I'm a Canadian citizen (Important since there exists a quota on native Canadian students @ Canadian MA's) - The average GPA for a math major at my school is a 2.8. - Never withdrew from a class in college (Not sure if that's important but some schools may look at that favorably) Type of Undergrad: US, Large (35k) public school, top 75 in business, Top 30 MBA, No graduate Econ program Undergrad GPA: 3.77/4 (Econ 3.9, Math w/Grade deflation 3.5) Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: Haven't taken it yet but testing (160V, 167Q) and at least 4.5 on AWA Math Courses: Calc 1 (B+), Calc 2 (-A), Calc 3 (A), Intro to proof (B-), Linear Algebra (B), Planning to take Real Analysis in the spring Econ Courses (grad-level): N/A Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Principles of Micro (A), Principles of Marco (A+), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A), Game Theory (A), Econometric's (A), Health Econ (A-), Environmental Econ (A-), Labor Econ (B+), Public Fiance (A+), International Trade (A), Statistics (A+), History of Economic Thought (A+) Other Courses: Took challenging classes in English and the usual Gen Ed stuff Letters of Recommendation: (1st letter - Prof with 52 years of teaching experiencing and numerous research papers/government work - Stated in his letter that I was his best econ student out of the approx 40,000 students he has ever taught), (2nd letter - Vanderbilt PhD, Program chair, knows me pretty well, should be strong), (3rd letter - USC PhD, taught me intermediate Micro, set the curve in his class so It should be a pretty good letter). Additional potential letter writer: (PhD from Moscow - Soviet Era - Have done research for him, knows he pretty well) Research Experience: 1 semester of lit review, plan to do empirical work (Using Stata) for the same project next semester). Teaching Experience: Econ Tutor, Calc 3 Tutor, Metrics tutor Research Interests: Health Economics, International Economics SOP: Should be good, I'm going to explain that I went to my current school because of family reasons and that both my parents are researchers - So I'm under no illusions of what awaits me post PhD. Concerns: I thought I had a pretty good application until I stumbled across this forum, now I'm wondering if I'm even competitive. My math GPA could be higher, I'm actually considering taking a 5th year so that I can take higher level math classes (Like topology and Differential equations, along with a few masters classes) Other: I'm 21 years old (Senior, graduating next semester), I've wanted to be an economist since I was 16, I just need to know (realistically) where I can expect to land ranking wise In terms of Econ PhD programs and Econ MA programs. I'm willing to wait a few years and better my credentials if that merits a chance at a top 20 program. Applying to: Notre Dame (PhD), Vanderbilt (PhD), Toronto (MA), UBC (MA), Purdue (MA), McGill (MA), University of Illionois at Urbana - Champaign (MA). Additionally: (1) What are my chances of getting into the schools I'm applying for? (2) I would LOVE any realistic school recommendations. (3) I'm planning to take the GRE on Dec 22nd (I think that should work since applications are due Jan 15) (4) Debating to mention my University's math rigor in my SOP, however that just sounds like an excuse (5) If you made it this far reading my application, thank you.
  12. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BS Financial Economics, BA Mathematics mid ranked US state school(ranking 150-200) Undergrad GPA: 3.9 Type of Grad:taken graduate level courses in math and econ as an undergrad GRE: Q163 V160 AWA 5. Worried about quant gre score Math Courses:Graduate level Real Analysis (A), Graduate level matrix analysis(A) Undergraduate: Calc 1 to 3 (all As), Differential equations (B), linear algebra (A), proof-based upper level Linear algebra(A), real analysis (A), probability theory(A), mathematical statistics (A) Econ courses: MA grad level : econometrics I(A), econometrics II (A), Micro(A), Macro(A), Undergraduate:intermediate micro/macro Both As, Public finance, international finance, international trade theory, econometrics, Monetary theory among others, all A's Letters of Recommendation: All three are phd professors, two at my school(one is chair of department), thd third one of my graduate econ professors. Served as an RA under one of them, research experience with one through the graduate course, and the third I am currently starting a research project with(hope to submit co authored paper in November). I expect all three to be strong recommendations. Research experience: one semester as a research assistant, leading to an independent research project the next semester which I presented at our school's research fair. Conducted a term paper over two semeters in graduate econ courses, and am currently starting a research project to hopefully submit aa a co authored paper in Novemeber(shortly before applying) Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: labor/consumer economics, public economics\public choice SOP: pretty well written paper in draft, highlighting my first experience with research in economics and my growth as a researcher Concerns: poor GRE and low ranked school Applying to: Would like to send a few applications to the top 10s, other than that top 20-30s and strong state schools(Maryland, texas, virginia, ucsd,uc davis) I feel like I am an overall strong applicant, but wonder if gre/coming from a relatively low ranked school hurt my chances
  13. I have a pretty good GPA and nice transcript until this semester, probably because I did not take really hard courses before. This semester I took four fairly hard courses, as compared to my previous profile: two advanced econ courses in econometrics and microeconomics, an honors course in real analysis and a math graduate course in probability. I got four A-'s, some of them very close to A. Now I am worried whether this result would signal my inability to do hard courses and hurt PhD application. I aim at top programs. I guess A- does have an influence but do not know how it would be in such a condition.
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